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Jeffrey Lurie Shares His Super Bowl Emotions

Posted Mar 27, 2018

ORLANDO -- The thrill of winning a Super Bowl continues for Eagles’ Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie, who met reporters on Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting beaming about the experience and about the countless interactions he’s had with Eagles fans everywhere. This is still a vivid emotion for Lurie and he’s excited to share the feeling ...

The thrill of winning a Super Bowl continues for Eagles’ Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie, who met reporters on Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting beaming about the experience and about the countless interactions he’s had with Eagles fans everywhere. This is still a vivid emotion for Lurie and he’s excited to share the feeling.

“It’s been a pretty great experience. The incredible nature of being able to see Eagles fans fulfilling their championship dreams is indescribable,” Lurie said. “It wasn’t just the parade, it wasn’t just on the field with the confetti, it’s every day since. I can’t tell you how many times people come up to me, wherever it is, there are always Eagles fans everywhere, they may see you and start crying. They may see you and start hyperventilating. The stories they have with their mothers, their fathers, who they got to experience it with, I don’t know if you could explain it to fans everywhere in the country. But those of us who know the passion and the love for this football team and how much they’ve wanted the Eagles to win a Super Bowl, it’s like it gets played out every day in a real, emotional, personal way.

“I always say that we’ve got the best sports fans in America, if not the world, but the personal stories are what drives it to be so, so special.”

Lurie is living the emotions of winning the Super Bowl along with the fans. He dreamed of winning the Super Bowl and sharing it with his 90-year-old mother, who was in Minneapolis for the game and partied until 2 a.m. after the Eagles defeated New England 41-33 on February 4. That dream came true, and it meant everything for Lurie and his family.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to own an NFL team, especially one where the fans are so incredible in terms of Philadelphia,” Lurie said. “Just incredible. So to be able to win the Super Bowl for all of our fans was just a dream come true and it’s really fired me up. I’m obsessed to begin with. I was obsessed with that and I’m equally obsessed to be the first team to try to repeat in a long time and try to put us in a position, over the next several years, to have an opportunity to repeat what we just accomplished. On a personal basis and on an amazing community basis, it’s been an amazing, amazing experience for me and for everyone around me.”

His memories of the Super Bowl experience and the win are vivid – he called seeing the football hit the ground and the clock reach 0:00 an “enveloping emotional feeling of ‘We just won the Super Bowl’ “ – and very much in living color. Lurie wondered if he would be the first Owner to tear up so much that he wouldn’t be able to raise the Lombardi Trophy.

Of course, he raised it high as the confetti fell and Eagles fans everywhere celebrated.

Since then, Lurie has watched the television broadcast of the Super Bowl “probably seven times” and he’s watched the replay of the NFC Championship Game win over Minnesota four times.

“Every single time, when we go down 33-32 (New England took the lead in the fourth quarter) I still get nervous,” Lurie said. “I want to watch the rest, but I’m not completely sure.”

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Lurie hailed the performance of head coach Doug Pederson and the coaching staff, saying it was “as good as I’ve seen in the NFL, whether it’s game planning, play calling, leadership in every way, decisions in terms of whether to go for it (on fourth downs), his relationships with players, relationship with everybody in the building, his ability to collaborate with player personnel and Howie (Roseman) and that staff and the business side of things.”

As for 2018 and beyond, Lurie sees a roster that has much of its core signed through at least 2020, he has overseen an aggressive start to the offseason, he is thrilled at a quarterback situation that is as impressive as any in the league with Carson Wentz, Nick Foles and Nate Sudfeld back. The Eagles have gone out and improved the defense, a need after a couple of tough games late in the regular season and then in the Super Bowl against quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Things are just terrific in Jeffrey Lurie’s world, and that’s good for all of us.

“This is our first Super Bowl win,” he said. “We really, really are obsessed with more, but I think it’s crucial to be humble about it. Really crucial. The NFC is packed. Anyone who analyzes what’s going on in the NFC, it’s packed. We won the Super Bowl, but you could point to the Rams, you could point to the Vikings, you could point to the Falcons … the Saints … majorly talented teams. Good, young quarterbacks. Formidable.”

And fun. The challenge is out there to repeat. It won’t be easy, but it’s not supposed to be easy. Now that the Eagles know the path to the Lombardi Trophy, we’ll see how long it takes to get back to the top of the mountain. For now, the Eagles have turned the page to focus on 2018. That doesn’t mean Lurie will stop enjoying the accomplishment of winning the Super Bowl. The emotions course through his veins and dominate his thoughts.

When you’ve accomplished a life goal, why rush to move on to the next thing? Lurie has his eyes on 2018, no question about it. But the feeling of winning it all, and getting down to field level and raising the Lombardi Trophy and sharing it with his family, his football franchise and the world of Eagles fans, that’s something Lurie wants to savor forever.

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