The weather is warm, even when there is overcast. It feels like the sun is shining a little more brightly these days (even if it isn't). Spring has brought both smiles and the promise that another season of Philadelphia Eagles football approaches. Training camp comes during the summer. So does the preseason. Can you feel the adrenaline flowing? We sure can.
It doesn't matter where we go. It doesn't matter who we talk to or where we end up. At some point, mentions of the Birds trickle into the conversation.
Philly's preseason roster carries 90 men, 89 on the active roster plus one special exemption, second-year guard Josh Sills. Everything that occurs between now and September is about one task, trimming the current squad to the initial 53-man regular-season ensemble and a 16-man practice squad. Training camp will help us do that.
Here's a little background on Eagles training camp including past locations and a few fun facts,
It's one of the most anticipated junctures of the NFL's offseason schedule for every franchise. Everything in the football universe hits the pause button when training camp begins. Philadelphia hasn't released its official schedule yet, but they are expected to report at the end of July. Every Eagles fan can tell you stories. As always it should be fun.
Fun facts about Eagles training camp
Eagles training camp has been hosted in New Jersey, Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota, and of course, Pennsylvania, The Birds couldn't settle on a home early. Between 1934 and 1951, they changed the location of their training camp ten times.
No Eagles fan who attended will ever forget how cool it was to hang out at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Camp moved to the NovaCare Complex during the Chip Kelly coaching era.
The Philadelphia Eagles will carry 90 men through training camp before having to trim the roster to 53 men. We have come a long way from the 20-man unit they sent to Atlantic City on September 11th 1933.
Here's a list of past sites as we shift our focus to another important camp at the NovaCare Complex. Raise your hand if you have hung out in any of these areas.
Past Eagles training camp locations
- Atlantic City (1933-1934)
- Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia (1935)
- Temple University, Philadelphia (1936-1937)
- West Chester (Pa.) State Teachers College (1938)
- St. Joe’s (1939)
- West Chester (Pa.) State Teachers College (1940)
- Two Rivers (Wisc.) High School (1941-1942)
- St. Joe’s (1943)
- West Chester (Pa.) State Teacher’s College (1944-1945)
- Saranac High School, Saranac Lake, N.Y. (1946-1948)
- University of Minnesota North Central Agriculture School at Grand Rapids (1949-1950)
- Hershey, Pa. (1951-1967)
- Albright College, Reading, Pa. (1968-1972)
- Widener University, Chester, Pa. (1973-1979)
- West Chester (Pa.) University (1980-1995)
- Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. (1996-2012)
- NovaCare Complex, Philadelphia (2013 to present)
The Philadelphia Eagles have one goal in mind above all others, get back to the Super Bowl and win it. It won't be easy. They're no longer the hunters. They're the hunted. There are also all of those Super Bowl hangover theories.
Still, if you're going to place your faith in any Eagles team with the hope that they'll be able to deny the odds, why not this one? This might be the best collection of characters WITH true character that we have ever seen. From Jordan Mailata and Jason Kelce to Darius Slay, Brandon Graham, and Jalen Hurts, how can you not pull for these guys?
We're all in... as always. Here's to another phenomenal campaign in 2023.