It’s no secret that fans of the Philadelphia Eagles don’t have the greatest reputation around the world. They’ve constantly been scrutinized for how hostile and passionate they are which sometimes leads to crossing the boundaries. But things have seemed to calm down a bit in recent years and since the team’s move to Lincoln Financial Field.
Yet somehow the Eagles’ fan base was named as the “most hated fan base” in the NFL, according to this piece done by SI.com’s staff. It appears as though Philadelphia’s current fan base is getting bashed for things that have happened years ago but here’s their full explanation:
"It all started in December 1968, when those disenchanted fans of the Eagles sitting at Franklin Field decided that the best way to unleash their invective was to hurl snowballs at Frank Olivo, a 19-year-old man who stepped onto the field in a Santa Claus suit. The fans were disgusted because the then-lame franchise was winning too much at the end of the season—winning their way right out of the derby for USC’s O.J. Simpson, who went to Buffalo as the first pick in the 1969 draft. Philadelphia took defensive back Leroy Keyes (who?) with the third pick, leaving Joe Greene on the board for the Steelers with the next selection.In 1998, the team installed a jail in the bowels of Veterans Stadium and hired a judge, the delightfully-named Seamus McCaffery, to preside over the rowdiest of an infamous bunch. And in 1999, several of Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin‘s teammates were understandably distressed when they thought Eagles fans were booing the future Hall-of-Famer as he lay on the field with the neck injury that ended his career. In truth, the fans were booing Deion Sanders, but the fact that they cheered as Irvin lay on the field motionless tells you all you need to know. Every fanbase is unfortunately defined by the minority who do stupid stuff like this, but it seems that Eagles fans are more defined than any other group. —DF"
Do you see the pattern? None of these stories are recent at all, but it’s sadly the reputation that Eagles’ fans now have to live with. Of course today you’ll still get pelted with boo’s and maybe some popcorn for wearing the opposing team’s jersey but times have changed. I’ve personally attended plenty of Eagles’ games at Lincoln Financial Field, even with friends that were Cowboys and Giants’ fans, yet they didn’t get attacked or anything like that.
Although this ranking will be offensive to some, many others will wear it as a badge of honor. It just proves that Eagles’ fans are some of most passionate, die-hard fans in all of sports. When the Eagles score a touchdown and you hear that fight song finished off with “E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!”, there’s almost nothing better in the world.
So are do the Eagles have the worst fan base in the NFL? Maybe, maybe not. But all that matters is that they stick with their team through the good times and the bad, while also riling up the enemy as well. Here’s to you Eagles’ fans, keep being you! Now let’s cap this post off the right way, showcasing the “worst fan base” in the NFL:
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