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Damage reported as some Eagles fans take celebration too far

Damage reported as some Eagles fans take celebration too far

The city was cleaning up Monday after pockets of Super Bowl victory celebrations turned unruly overnight, with rowdy Eagles fans smashing department store windows, looting a gas station convenience store and toppling a number of the city's famously greased light poles.

The vast majority of revelers celebrated peacefully, and only three arrests were made, said Ajeenah Amir, a spokeswoman for Mayor Jim Kenney.

"Tens of thousands came out and celebrated this amazing victory, and but for a handful of bad actors the celebration was peaceful and jubilant," Amir said. She lauded police for "their assistance in getting the crowds dispersed and people home safely."

Just as Nick Foles and the Eagles clinched a surprising 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis for the team's first Super Bowl title Sunday night, the scene more than 1,000 miles away in Philly was jubilation and pandemonium.

As time expired, crowds spilled into the streets to celebrate the Eagles' first NFL championship since 1960.

Revelers shot off fireworks, drivers beeped their horns and Philadelphians young and old descended on Broad Street.

Some of the pockets of unruly fans clambered atop the awning at the swanky Ritz Carlton Hotel near City Hall. At least a dozen people who climbed on top of an awning, which toppled to the street when the structure collapsed Sunday night.

Videos posted to social media showed fans scaling the vinyl and metal blue awning and then jumping off.

Eventually, when a number of people climbed onto the structure at the same time, it folded in on itself.

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Nearby, windows were smashed at a Macy's department store and at an Old Navy clothing store.

And apparently no amount of grease in the world can keep some drunken Eagles fans from climbing poles in celebration. A few managed to shimmy up traffic lights and street sign poles.

Amir said there were reports of some injuries from falls near light poles but no exact numbers were available.

Vandals were seen having an apparent food fight inside a gas station's convenience store, yelling "Everything is free!" and overturning a car outside a hotel. After 1 a.m., the only people allowed inside the 24-hour Wawa convenience store near City Hall were police officers.

Darius Slay, Jalen Reagor share great interaction that should thrill Eagles fans

Darius Slay, Jalen Reagor share great interaction that should thrill Eagles fans

The Eagles' trade for Darius Slay was meant to shore up the team's consistently disappointing cornerback corps by adding an All-Pro-level CB to the secondary.

But it also seems to be bringing an extra leader's voice to the locker room.

Slay, 29, is a frequent social media user, and on Sunday night - while most Philadelphia sports fans were wrestling with the Sixers' up-and-down loss to the Blazers - he fired off a tweet that should make Eagles fans excited about his role with the team.

Because it sounds like Slay is *extremely* pleased to be an Eagle:

That's pretty awesome.

And then rookie wideout Jalen Reagor responded with his own endorsement of the Eagles' bonding:

And Slay replied in kind:

You love to see it.

Now, it's obviously much easier to be positive about your team and your teammates before the season starts, when everything makes sense on paper and you feel like a Super Bowl contender. We'll see if things remain this rosy when the games start, and one side of the ball falters in a loss.

But for now, this is an encouraging sign. Seeing a veteran player like Slay come into Philadelphia and immediately endear himself to the organization, to his teammates, and to the fanbase has been awesome. He's clearly excited about the change of scenery, and ready to win.

And for Reagor to be glued to what Slay is saying and doing, it's always good for a young gun to learn from a guy who plays at the highest level.

Eagles season is roughly a month away, and can't get here fast enough.

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Eagles veteran linebacker Jatavis Brown abruptly retires

Eagles veteran linebacker Jatavis Brown abruptly retires

In a surprising move, Eagles veteran linebacker Jatavis Brown has retired.

The Eagles on Sunday placed Brown on the Reserve/Retired list just a few days before training camp practices begin.

I’m told Brown just thought it was time to step away from the game after four years in the NFL.

Brown, 26, just signed with the Eagles on a one-year deal in March as a free agent.

The Eagles were interested in Brown when the Chargers took him out of Akron in the fifth round back in 2016. They had to wait four years to sign him and now he won’t even be in the mix to take a roster spot.

There was no guarantee that Brown would have made the roster but he was the most experienced linebacker the Eagles had after Nigel Bradham and Kamu Grugier-Hill left as free agents.

This seemingly abrupt retirement leaves the Eagles lighter at a position where depth was already a problem. The Eagles’ top returning linebackers are Nathan Gerry, T.J. Edwards, Duke Riley and Alex Singleton. They also drafted Davion Taylor and Shaun Bradley in April.

This retirement is at least good news for guys like Bradley and Singleton, who are going to fight for roster spots this summer.

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