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Gold Star family that announced Sidney Jones at NFL draft gave him late lieutenant's dog tag

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Gold Star family that announced Sidney Jones at NFL draft gave him late lieutenant's dog tag

There were a whole lot of people who were excited when the Philadelphia Eagles selected Sidney Jones with the 43rd pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Eagles fans were elated that the team took a risk on a stud cornerback β€” a position of desperate need for the franchise.

Jones was stoked to finally hear his name called after some concerns over his injury prevented him from going earlier. And two other people were simply thrilled to be involved in announcing his name.

Mikki and Chris, wife and son of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Demetrius Frison who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011, were chosen to accompany Ron Jaworski to announce the Eagles' pick in the second round as part of the NFL's Salute to Service initiative.

Lt. Frison was a native of Philadelphia and a huge Eagles fan so it was a special moment for his family

Well, that wasn't the only treat Mikki and Chris would end up receiving. They got the opportunity to finally meet Sidney this week at the team's NovaCare Complex and they presented him with a special gift, one of Lt. Frison's dog tags.

Jones shared the special gesture on his Twitter account.

Watch Eric Lindros' heartfelt speech

Watch Eric Lindros' heartfelt speech

As the Flyers honored Eric Lindros on Thursday night, raising his iconic No. 88 to the Wells Fargo Center rafters, Paul Holmgren delivered a fitting salute to "Big E."

"You are back where you belong," the Flyers' president said during the pregame festivities. "This time, it's forever."

The crowd erupted before giving way to Lindros.

Just hours before his jersey retirement ceremony, the hockey Hall of Famer was taken aback by the calm before the storm.

"I just walked the concourse and this morning I went for a stroll to see all the shirts in the seats, it’s unbelievable," Lindros said. "This is one of those days that you take for the rest of your life. It's a special moment and you really feel lucky."

Then, Lindros was in awe when he took the podium.

"Wow, ha ha!" Lindros said as the fans roared. "This is crazy. Thank you, so much."

Lindros thanked his family, the organization and, of course, the fans.

Here was the touching finish to his speech, which you can watch in its entirety in the video above, along with the jersey being hoisted above the ice.

Flyers players are lucky to play in a city where the fans truly know the game of hockey, appreciate the little things and are of course rowdy, but also show heart. Like you showed the night that Mario Lemieux returned from his battle with cancer β€” a standing ovation, very classy and I won't forget it.

It's no secret that when I left Philadelphia, it was under less-than-ideal circumstances. I believe I'm here today, hockey aside, because of two people: my wife, Kina, and Paul Holmgren. Both, in their own ways, have taught me to move on, put in the past any differences of opinion, any hard feelings. It was time to remember the great moments I experienced here in Philadelphia, the friendships I have built in this great city and the respect I have for the fans of this team.


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The Roots to make special appearance at NFC Championship Game in Philly

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The Roots to make special appearance at NFC Championship Game in Philly

As the legendary Black Thought of The Roots says, "You can take a brother outta South Philly β€” Can't take it outta him really β€” I forever represent it."

And he'll represent it once again on Sunday during halftime of the game when the Eagles host the Vikings in South Philadelphia.

The Eagles' official Twitter account shared video of Philly's native sons rehearsing the Eagles' Fight Song "for their halftime performance during Sunday's NFC Championship Game!"

Surely to add a nice hometown touch.

See them Sunday at the Linc where it's sure to be "realer than a heart attack."

You can catch The Roots most weeknights as the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon​.