Celebrity Corner appears each week during the 2013 season, featuring Eagles fans who have gained fame in their careers of sports, entertainment and popular culture. This week: actor Joey Lawrence, known for his roles in the TV series Gimme a Break!, Blossom, Brotherly Love, and Melissa & Joey and as co-host of the ABC series, Splash. Follow Joey on Twitter @joeylawrence.
My earliest memory of the Eagles is in 1980 when they played in the Super Bowl and I witnessed the chaos, the craziness, for the first time. I loved it then and I love it to this day. I grew up in the suburbs, in a town called Meadowbrook. I went to Abington Friends School, and the Eagles have always been a huge part of my life.
My best friend in school, Chris Wolf, and I were obsessed with the Eagles. We had the Randall Cunningham jerseys, the Reggie White jerseys, I think back to the Fog Bowl game, the Buddy Ryan era ... it was great stuff. Always has been. I’m as frustrated as anyone that we haven’t won a Super Bowl, but I’m in it forever and I bleed Eagles green until the day I die.
I moved out to Los Angeles for good in 1997 after living a bi-coastal life because of my job, and one of the first things I did was sign up for DirecTV. The greatest invention ever is the NFL package, and I remember thinking how much that saved my life. I’m on automatic subscription and am totally thankful for it. Until then, living out here, I would pray that the Eagles were the game of the week and I was so disappointed that it would be the Raiders or the Chargers.
I don’t ever miss a game. I live in a household of women – my wife and my two daughters – and so I find a way to watch every week. I’m either with my brothers, because the three of us are huge fans, watching the game or I’m by myself at night, in my media room with my cordless headphones on watching my 80-inch flat-screen TV and it’s awesome to see my Birds play. It’s the greatest experience ever. I don’t get interrupted. It’s just me and my Eagles.
There have been a lot of players I’ve loved over the years, but here is my list of my favorite Eagles ...
1. Randall Cunningham
2. Reggie White
3. Keith Jackson
4. Jerome Brown
6. Mike Quick
I’m working full time and the hours are crazy and I am thankful for that, so combine that with my home life – my wife and I raise our kids ourselves. We don’t do the Hollywood-nanny crap, so it’s a 24/7 life I lead, and I don’t have a chance to see the Eagles in person. One of my goals, when the girls are a little bit older, is to get back to Philadelphia during the season and see the Eagles play and maybe catch a Flyers game and a Sixers game and live the Philly sports experience for a weekend or two. That will be a blast.
As for this team, it’s been tough going of late. The loss on Sunday to the Giants was so frustrating. It’s clear that this team needs to have a quarterback who can win games. I was a big fan of making a deal for Alex Smith, who is now with the Chiefs and playing well. Until the Eagles solve the quarterback position, it’s going to be tough to win.
I appreciate what Chip Kelly is trying to do. He is used to scoring a lot of points and winning games that way, but this is the NFL and defenses are too good. And unless you have a legend at quarterback, you aren’t going to outscore teams every week. So it’s tough to watch right now. Chip is learning more and more each week about how it goes in this league.
In theory, Chip knows what he wants to do. But it’s hard when the players aren’t all there, so when will we have the right players for what he wants to do? That’s the frustrating part. That’s what I have to be patient and wait to see.
It’s going to take a couple of years to get the system fully implemented. I want to see the offense that we ran against Washington, but each week it’s gotten slower and slower.
I’m forever a die-hard Eagles fan and I always will be and I pray, I pray, that the Eagles can win a Super Bowl before I’m a really old guy.