Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffrey Lurie honored, Howie Roseman’s magic
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is honored, and Howie Roseman continues to work his magic.
There may not be another owner or VP in the NFL that’s been able to endear themselves to a fanbase and city like Philadelphia Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie and their executive vice president of football operations, Howie Roseman. The days of former Eagles owner Norman Braman are long gone, and thank goodness for that. No disrespect to Mr. Braman, but any Eagles fan who lived through those times knows that was a rough period. It was an era that was full of underachieving. There was also the attitude that ownership made some fans believe that no one cared about getting better.
Lurie bought the Eagles from Braman on May 6th of 1994 for $195 million. Since that time, the franchise has experienced their most successful stint in team history. Since 1994, Philly’s appeared in six NFC Championship Games and two Super Bowls. Their most recent Bowl appearance resulted in the first Lombardi Trophy in team history, and you can thank both Lurie and Roseman for that.
Just think about what these two have done.
Roseman just might be the most aggressive and forward-thinking manager of personnel in the entire league. He’s signed players when there seemed to be no money, and he’s convinced teams to give him everything for next to nothing. Just ask any Eagles fan about him, and you’ll learn that he has the complete trust of an entire fan base.
Here are some of the moves he’s made since the 2016 off-season began, starting with the most recent:
Not bad Mr. Roseman. Not bad at all.
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Oh, and by the way, have you heard about the CEO? Recently, Mr. Lurie was honored by the Fritz Pollard Alliance in Indianapolis. He received the ‘Paul “Tank” Younger Award’, an award named after the first minority executive in the NFL. Younger was also the league’s first minority assistant general manager and front office executive, and in 2000, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Here’s a quote from Mr. Lurie:
"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as this year’s recipient of the Paul “Tank” Younger Award. The Fritz Pollard Alliance is doing excellent work promoting diversity and equality in the NFL which is something I feel strongly about as an individual and the Philadelphia Eagles feel strongly about as an organization. Thank you for the work that you are doing. We are inspired by your efforts and fortunate to be recognized by a foundation whose values align so closely with ours. Football is the ultimate team game and also the ultimate unifier, uniting people from all different backgrounds for a common goal. (That includes) players, coaches, front office, and even fans. At a time in our country when we are experiencing such harsh polarization, we need to continue to use our platform to showcase this unity to others. Paul Younger was a trailblazer and we need to continue to create more opportunities for men and women to follow in his footsteps. The Fritz Pollard Alliance is making excellent strides in this area and it is on all of us to make sure we are doing the same"
Congrats are in order.
Lurie, unable to attend, saw the award accepted by Roseman and Eagles head coach Doug Pederson on his behalf. Lurie was in attendance at the Maxwell Awards, where he, along with Eagles defensive end Chris Long, were awarded the 2018 Steinberg DeNicola Humanitarian Award. Lurie’s quietly contributed to several initiatives supporting military and children. Long, as we stated in an earlier piece, was being recognized for donating all of his game checks to charity. In addition to that, he raised another $1.3 million to aid organizations in Philadelphia, Boston, and St. Louis.
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This is just more proof that it’s obvious the Eagles aren’t just littered with great players and executives. They’re an organization full of great people.