PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Eagles fans woke up early Sunday morning to get going before the game, and some of them celebrated much harder than the best team in football.
“The first time I cried was in the 1980 Super Bowl, when the Raiders beat us,” said Dan McAlee, who has been an Eagles fan since he was six years old.
This game became one of his all-time favorites before the team even took the field. The Vietnam veteran’s entire family surprised him on his 70th birthday.
“I went to help the bus driver get his truck off the road and everyone was on board. I got on there and there they were all,” he said.
In a sea of thousands of Eagles fans, Dan wasn’t the only one celebrating his big day with a tailgate.
“I turned 30 today, so it’s a good day. All my friends and family are here having a great time,” said Rob D’Adrea of Northeast Philadelphia. He boarded a bus to the stadiums with 75 of his closest friends and family, bringing lots of games and lots of good food.
“We’ve got smoked jerk chicken, smoked pork here, baked macaroni and cheese,” he said, showing off his spread, which is, of course, the centerpiece of any good Eagles tailgate.
“We have breakfast sandwiches, egg and bacon and cheese, pork rolls, egg and cheese. We have tater tots and mimosas. Most importantly, the mimosas,” said Courtney Bartkowski of Ewing, New Jersey.
She and her friends started the day well. Eagles fans everywhere wanted to show Tennessee why Philadelphia is the best football city.
“This is a city like no other. Everyone has a great time when they come to Philadelphia,” said Shelley Holt of Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Help Eagles fans cheer on the number one team in football. It’s the gift that keeps on giving to longtime fans like Dan.
“I think this is the best team I’ve seen in a long, long time,” he said.
Dan’s actual birthday isn’t until January. Now that he had the party he expects one more gift; an Eagles trip to the Super Bowl.