Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb took time out on Thursday after practice to talk to reporters and express his congratulations to the Phillies for winning the 2008 World Series.
"It's an exciting time for everybody," said McNabb. "The City is excited and I'm happy for the Phillies and everybody over there. For those who are part of the parade, it's something to remember forever. I'm excited for the Phillies and the fans."
In McNabb's 10 seasons in Philadelpha, of course, he had sseen and had been a part of some close calls. The Eagles made four trips to the NFC Championship Game and one trip to the Super Bowl earlier this decade. The Flyers made a run at the Stanley Cup and the Sixers reached the NBA Finals.
The Phillies broke through by beating the Tampa Bay Rays in five games. Can the Eagles follow with a win in Tampa in February?
"We have an opportunity to get to that," said McNabb. "The only thing we can do at this particular time is to take it one game at a time, do our jobs and let the chips fall where they may."
The Eagles leave for Seattle on Friday afternoon. The practice time and departure time moved up as South Philadelphia will be flooded with Philadelphia fans celebrating the Phillies.