PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles ended their raucous, emotional rally that celebrated their first Super Bowl championship by giving props to their fans.
Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles and Carson Wentz thanked the roaring crowds from the "Rocky" steps at the Art Museum of Philadelphia on Thursday, and Jason Kelce gave a rousing lecture on the meaning of the word underdog for the city.
It was a passionate defense of the coach and general manager and went through all the criticism they have faced over the years.
Malcolm Jenkins also hit the underdog theme: "They doubted us as players, they doubted us as a team."
Owner Jeffrey Lurie told the crowd "Philly, you are Super Bowl champions, and I have one final message for you: We are just beginning. "
And fans couldn't be more grateful to the team for the big win over the New England Patriots on Sunday.
"When we won Sunday night, it was insane," said Jim Gierlich of Reading. "Honestly, it took about 10 seconds to sink in that we actually won the game."
"We waited our entire life to be doing this," said Nicole Rex of Wernersville. "We have our two children with us who absolutely love the Eagles too, so we're just ecstatic."
The team descended the art museum steps to Meek Mill's "Dreams and Nightmares." The incarcerated Philadelphia rapper's song has become an anthem for the team this season.
Three fighter jets buzzed overhead, as trumpeter Jesse McGuire performed "The Star Spangled Banner."
It's the Eagles first NFL title in nearly 60 years.
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