The Eagles Super Bowl win is not just a story of inspiration and perseverance. It is the story of Philadelphia, because this is our year.
Yes, Philadelphia has the highest poverty rate of any big city in America. We’ve seen more overdoses than any major American city. We’ve seen political corruption rear its ugly head. But just like the Eagles, this city can rise above its challenges, because this is our year.
The men who beat the New England Patriots were not the best to ever play the game. They were backups like Trey Burton, who threw a touchdown on a fourth down to keep the Eagles ahead. They were undrafted players like Corey Clement, who caught a touchdown when no one believed he could. They were backup linemen like Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who stepped onto the field when an all-pro tackle went down.
But don’t you dare call our Eagles underdogs, because they stepped onto the biggest stage in sports, and they proved that this is our year.
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Solomon Jones is an Essence bestselling author and award-winning columnist. He is the creator and editor of Solomonjones.com and host of Your Voice weekdays from 10 to Noon on Praise 107.9 FM radio. Click here to learn more about Solomon.