Local Eagles fan seeks votes for induction into ESPN's 'Hall of Fame'
Barry Vagnoni, of Exeter Township, 1 of 10 finalists from across country
There are Eagles fans, and then there's Barry Vagnoni of Berks County, a longtime fan of the team who's in a league of his own when it comes to those who root for their favorite team.
Vagnoni, a passionate Eagles fan for nearly 60 years, has devoted a 2,000 square-foot room of his Exeter Township home to his favorite team and filled it with memorabilia he's been collecting since the 1970s.
"I call it my Philadelphia Eagles Locker Room," said Vagnoni, who calls himself "the biggest and craziest Philadelphia Eagles fan in the world" "The room consists of 16 flat screen TVs... The focal point is a 15-foot by 9-foot hi-def projection TV that makes you feel like you're in the huddle with the team."
The Eagles Television Network has proclaimed the room "the most ultimate Eagles fan cave in the world," and Vagnoni recently won the Dunkin' Donuts Philly's Coolest Sports Fan contest.
Now, Vagnoni's devotion to the team has earned him one of 10 nominations for induction into ESPN's "Fan Hall of Fame."
While a panel of judges, including ESPN's Hannah Storm, Mike Greenberg and Neil Everett have gotten Vagnoni this far, he needs your help to go the rest of the way.
Now through Dec. 11, you can vote online up to three times a day for Vagnoni's induction. The top three finalists will go on to join the first three members of the hall of fame.
Even with all the accolades Vagnoni has received for his shrine to the Eagles, the biggest thrill, he said, came from his 9-year-old granddaughter.
"Isabella, hugged me and said, 'Pop, even if you don't win the contest you still are the coolest sports Fan to me,'" Vagnoni recalled. "That's a million bucks to me and what I live for: my family, friends, and my Philadelphia Eagles."
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