Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly (center) talks with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie (left) and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (right) before the game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Bradley Cooper stated in an interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that he was asked by Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to make a series of “Pump up” videos at the beginning of the 2014 season. You can check out one here:
The key to the video is the heartstrings tugging statement “This is more than a team. It’s a family. It’s OUR family!” And in that moment, Bradley Cooper became one of “us”. But the story does not end there. About the same time he was actively making the series of “Eagles Hype” videos for the sake of the Eagles, Bradley Cooper has engaged in a soul searching and introspective process. He recently turned 40, the magic number where life begins to appear longer in the rear view mirror than it appears through the windshield.
When that hits, things that were fun when young no longer have the same importance. Suddenly, Bradley Cooper, one of the most eligible bachelors of the movie industry, openly admitted in news interviews that he is ready to settle down and have a family. He wants to leave behind a legacy, a mark on the world. The feeling was amplified when he recently lost his father. The story first appeared in a 2013 interview, where he talked about the impact his father’s death had on him.
"“My father’s death had this impact on me,” Cooper tells Details. “[It] addressed some of the fears or quandaries I had as a child about mortality. It was his parting gift to me. Watching this man — my father — leave his body and go. Watching him die. All of a sudden I was like, ‘Oh, right, I’m going to die too.’ Here it is. It’s not in a book. It’s not in a movie. It’s not in a story that was told to me. It’s not driving by an accident or watching it on TV. It’s someone you love dying in front of you. I was like, ‘Okay. This is death. And this is going to happen to me one day.'” – as interviewed in Details Magazine May 2013 issue"