To commemorate the National Football League's centennial season, South Jersey native Matt MacMillan was one of three finalists in the NFL's "Tickets for 100 Years" promotion, a once-in-a-lifetime contest that offers season tickets to a winning fan's preferred franchise for the next century.
While Matt did not win the ultimate prize, the Philadelphia Eagles stepped up and awarded him with four Eagles season tickets for the next 10 years. The surprise came on Saturday, April 27 when the team invited Matt and his family to the NovaCare Complex for Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft.
"We are very excited and thankful for Matt and his entire family," said Eagles president Don Smolenski. "His dedication and support of the Philadelphia Eagles are always on display and his passion is infectious. While he did not win the NFL's grand prize, we wanted to take this opportunity to reward Matt and his family for their generational fandom and thank them for being such incredible stewards of Eagle pride. We look forward to celebrating with Matt, his wife Alyssa, and their two children at Lincoln Financial Field for the next decade."
The contest celebrated the NFL's upcoming centennial season that will pay tribute to the generations of fans, players, and communities that built the league, while looking forward to the next 100 years.
Since launching the promotion in March, thousands of NFL fans entered to win the "Tickets for 100 Years" by describing why they were their favorite team's biggest fan of the century through social posts on Twitter and Instagram. Ultimately, Matt was selected as a finalist for his effectiveness and creativity in conveying his ultimate Eagles fandom.
Matt and his wife, Alyssa, were flown to Nashville to enjoy the NFL Draft festivities and to witness the grand-prize announcement.
"Tickets for 100 Years" is the first of a series of incredible fan experiences NFL fans will be able to win throughout the league's 100th season. The experiences kicked off during the 2019 NFL Draft and will continue through the first game of the League's 100th season – before culminating at Super Bowl LIV (February 2, 2020) in Miami.
A runner-up in the NFL's "Tickets for 100 Years" contest, lifelong Eagles fan and South Jersey native Matt MacMillan was surprised with four season tickets for the next 10 years during a trip to the Novacare Complex.