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Eagles fans show why football is America's game

Donovan McNabb was a pillar on and off the field in Philadelphia for more than 10 years. Sunday marked his return as a visiting player for the first time in his career, to a place that clearly has some of the most intense fans in all of sports.

Let's face it, if there is a jail house and a judge in the stadium, I would assume that tells the story about how fans get down in Philly. As a player, I saw more inappropriate gestures by Eagles fans than anywhere else during my career. I often questioned where people like this come from. I mean really, who exposes themselves to passing-by buses, some with women on them, to show how much they dislike a team, while others cheer them on to do it. I will tell you where these people come from -- Philly.

So when it got closer to McNabb's entrance into Lincoln Financial Field Sunday, I fully anticipated a showering of boo birds to fly all through the stadium.

Not only did the Eagles fans not boo McNabb, they gave him a standing ovation. For all of the horrible stories about Philadelphia fans, this was a memorable moment. The fact that fans respected the player and the game enough to cheer warmed my heart, and perhaps made me feel differently about Eagles fans. Maybe now I can understand their unexplainable actions more.

At the moment all those cheers surrounded McNabb, I said to myself, How can people not know that football is Americas game? Well if you didn't know, now you do.

What do you think? Should they have cheered or booed McNabb?

By LaVar Arrington  | October 4, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
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It was very surprising seeing him get a standing ovation.... He deserved it, the man carried a franchise on his shoulders for 11 seasons, all the while being constantly degraded and booed, now they realize what they have been missing

Posted by: theshow84 | October 4, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Let me try to shed some light on Philly fans and our reputation for booing our own teams by using the following analogy:
Our sports teams are like our little brothers...we can beat the crap out of them, but you better not touch 'em.

Posted by: tdfairlie | October 4, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

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