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What's the best play in Eagles history?

What's the best play in Eagles history?

Throughout the week, we have asked fans help determine the best play in Philadelphia sports history. Today, upvote below to adavnce one Eagles play to the finals on Friday where five plays will face off to determine the top overall play.

Tune in to Philly Sports Talk at 5 p.m. to see which play will advanace to the final.


Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie donates $1 million for research to fight COVID-19

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie donates $1 million for research to fight COVID-19

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is donating $1 million to Penn Medicine for research to fight COVID-19. 

The donation from Lurie will establish the COVID-19 Immunology Defense Fund, giving money to experts for immunology research geared toward battling the coronavirus during this international pandemic. 

The fund was created with the goal to create a research program to test front-line health care workers for potential immunity as well as for research to battle the pandemic. 

We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis that is affecting all of us in so many ways,” Lurie said in a statement. “Every passing day brings new stories of heartbreaking tragedy, inspirational courage, and hopeful innovation. We can and will get through this, but only if we work together, care for each other, and focus our attention and resources towards sustainable strategies. There are so many individuals and organizations who are making daily sacrifices, and we are incredibly thankful for their dedication and bravery. We must continue to support these efforts in every way that we can, while also seeking a solution that will help us move forward

“We have reached a critical point in our fight against COVID-19 in which testing for antibodies is absolutely essential both to protect our front-line workers in the short term and to develop treatments and vaccines that will save lives and help defeat the virus. With that in mind, I am proud to offer my support to Penn Medicine’s research efforts by establishing the COVID-19 Immunology Defense Fund. This fund will aid Penn’s multi-disciplinary approach in immunology, merging research in diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccine development. Researchers from those three areas will work hand-in-hand and rely upon one another to create an immediate and lasting impact both locally and worldwide.

According to Penn Medicine, Lurie’s donation will allow Penn to address the following critical needs: Developing rapid diagnostic testing, finding drugs that work against the virus and developing vaccines. 

Lurie, 68, is just the latest member in the Philadelphia sports scene to give money to a charitable cause amid the spread of COVID-19. 

This was a well-thought-out donation from Lurie after researching the best course of action to help solve short-term and long-term problems. This will hopefully make an immediate impact through immunity testing for health care workers but also a lasting impact through treatment and vaccine development. 

“In a time of national crisis, this is the kind of extraordinary partnership that can open doors and discover new pathways to address the profound challenges before us,” University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann said in a statement. “I am personally grateful to an exceptional civic leader and a great friend, Jeffrey Lurie, for giving us the tools to fight back against this pandemic in a way that may not only benefit our city and country but also the world.”

Lurie, in the release, asks for others to follow his lead in donating to Penn Medicine.

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Fletcher Cox's passionate message to Darius Slay

Fletcher Cox's passionate message to Darius Slay

They happened to be visiting Mississippi State the same weekend, a young cornerback from Brunswick, Ga., and a teenage defensive lineman from Yazoo City, Miss.

That was 12 years ago, now Darius Slay and Fletcher Cox are together again.

When the Eagles acquired Slay from the Lions last month, it reunited Slay and Cox, who were teammates at Mississippi State before they both became all-pro defensive players in the NFL.

“Fletcher and I came into Mississippi State together, we both signed out of high school together, but I had to take the junior college route and he went straight there, so we’ve been knowing each other since high school,” Slay said Wednesday. “We were on the same visit. Man, it’s a good thing for me to be on a team with a classmate and I’m looking forward to going out there and sharing the field with him once again and compete with him.”

Slay signed with Mississippi State at the same time as Cox — here’s Mississippi State’s release announcing the signings — but had to spend two years at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss., before arriving in Starkville.

Cox entered the NFL draft after his junior year, so Slay and Fox were only together one year, and not surprisingly the Bulldogs had the No. 16 defense in the BCS that year.

The Eagles drafted Cox in the first round in 2012, and he’s made five Pro Bowls and was first-team all-pro in 2018. The Lions drafted Slay in the second round a year later, and he’s a three-time Pro Bowler and all-pro in 2017.

Slay said he spoke with Cox the night before he was shipped to the Eagles.

“He called me and he just said, ‘Man, I heard we’re trying to get you,’ and he just started explaining to me what to expect coming to Philly (from) the fans and from the owners. He said the owners are straightforward and honest and (the players) treat each other like brothers, they go out there and play ball for each other. And he said the fans will go crazy, he said they’re going to let you know when you’re playing good and let you know when you’re playing bad and I said I look forward to that. I want to know when I’m playing bad myself.”

In his seven years in Detroit, the Lions never won a division title (they haven’t since 1993), never won a playoff game (they haven’t since 1991) and reached the postseason just twice.

He joins a team that’s won more playoff games since 2017 than the Lions have won since 1953.

“Talking to Fletcher, man, that’s what really convinced me, ‘Yeah, this is where I’m supposed to be,’” Slay said.  “He just told me all the positive things, consistently going to the playoffs, something I haven’t been doing and something I look forward to doing, so I want to be a part of something great. Fletcher really put it in my head,  ‘This is where you need to be, man, this is where it’s at man, we’re winning, the fans will love you.’”

 

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