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Diehard Eagles fan's friends were on target with this surprise

Ian Soehngen is the kind of guy you want to help.

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - If you've been to the Target in Stroudsburg, chances are, you've met Ian.

"Our guests love him," begins store manager Brandon Cummins.

Team Leader Ashley Acevedo adds, "He always has a smile on his face. He'll greet everybody!"

If you've met Ian, then you know he's an Eagles fan.

"Since I was born," Ian Soehngen grins, lifting up his shirt to proudly show off not one, but two Eagles tattoos.

"I'm pretty sure he goes to bed thinking about the Eagles, and wakes up thinking about the Eagles," Cummins laughs.

While he dreams of the Eagles, his managers dream of having a team of employees, just like him.

"Always to work early, wants to clock in early, wants to do whatever is asked of him," Cummins says of his employee.

Ian tells us, "I love it here, makes it home here."

And where there's home, there's family - a group that realized Ian deserved something special.

So, thinking of his beloved Eagles, together, his co-workers hatched a plan to get Ian a ticket to the NFC championship game.

"Just $10 here, $20 there, whatever they could spare," says Acevedo.

"Literally, not one person could give money fast enough," Cummins tells us.

"And about 24 hours later, we had all the money together," Acevedo adds.

A video posted on Facebook, shows the exact moment they told Ian the news.

Cummins begins saying, "I wanted to say Ian has been part of our Target family for 16-and-a-half years now."

His co-workers present him with a bag. Inside, was an Eagles hat and shirt...

"I think there's something else in there too," you can hear Cummins say.

Ian pulls out an envelope and then looks inside.

"The look on his face was priceless," Acevedo recalls.

"The envelope says 'tickets.' I was freakin'!" Soehngen says excitedly.

In the video, he turns and hugs his co-worker – “thank you's” and “smiles” all around.

"Just something nice to give back to him, for somebody that always makes your day when you come to work," Acevedo says.

"For someone like Ian, who's been through some things in his life, there's not someone more deserving," Cummins says, adding, "For {the Eagles} to get this far to where they are, and for us to be able to do this just meant the world, not only to myself, but to this team."

Not everybody pulls for the same team…but at this Target in Stroudsburg, their team all pulls for one player.

"I'm happy, I'm so thrilled," Soehngen says.

And since he's already seen one miracle, he's asking for just one more:

"Win the super bowl for me, will ya? let's go to the Minnesota Super Bowl! That's all I want!" 

Fly Eagles fly. Win for Ian.

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