Celebrity Corner appears during the 2013 season, featuring Eagles fans who have gained fame in their careers of sports, entertainment and popular culture. This week: Gervase Peterson, currently a cast member on Survivor: Blood vs. Water that airs on CBS on Wednesdays, and also an owner of Burnz Cigar Vault & Lounge and Owner of Ch@t Vodka. Follow Gervase on Twitter @SayGerv ...*
I was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Willingboro in South Jersey and have bled Eagles green and silver forever. One of my early memories was going out to a meet-and-greet when I was 8, 9 years old and seeing Ron Jaworski, Bill Bergey, Keith Krepfle and Vince Papale, and I got a picture with Vince that I have had to this day. In fact, I've gotten to know Vince over the years and I've showed him the picture, a black-and-white shot of Vince and me, an 8-year-old kid who just loved the Eagles.
I still do. I always will. The loss in the Super Bowl in the 1980 season was heartbreaking and so was the loss in the 2004 season, but all of that pain has made me stronger. I never miss a game, whether I'm able to get to the stadium or watch at home. It's part of my life, a very important part of my life.
When I packed for this season of Survivor, the 27th year the show has been on television, I packed an Eagles T-shirt and a pair of gray shorts and, of course, I wear the Eagles T-shirt on every show. I feel like it's important to represent the community and there is no greatest thing to hear than when I come home to Philadelphia and feel the love and somebody tells me that I am a good representative of Philadelphia.
I participated in the first season of Survivor and after the show was over I spent a lot of time traveling and enjoyed it very much, but there is nothing like coming home to Philadelphia and being among the people here, my friends and family. It is a unique fan base and group of people. I love the area and I'm part of the culture, so to wear my Eagles shirt every week on the show, it just feels right. The shirt says it all. People see it on the show and I hear a lot that people love seeing it and that makes me feel proud.
These Eagles are heading in the right direction. I admit that I was a huge Andy Reid fan and I wish him the best of luck in Kansas City. But he was here for 14 seasons and, in a way, it just got stale. The relationship had run its course. The Eagles needed a change and Andy needed a change, so we have Chip Kelly now and he's running the perfect offense for this personnel and the defense is getting better every week.
I love what I'm seeing. Nick Foles has done a good job learning at the quarterback position. DeSean Jackson is doing his thing and actually playing better than I've ever seen him in the NFL. Riley Cooper has replaced Jeremy Maclin and has been strong. I love LeSean McCoy and this offensive line.
It's just really fun again. There seems to be a lot of energy on this team. I know I'm loving watching every week.
It's all coming together for the team. I know that it means a lot to me as someone who has loved the Eagles for as long as I can remember.