Thursday’s epic championship parade was a celebration of the 2017 Eagles team bringing home the Super Bowl trophy to Philadelphia for the first time ever.
But fans of the Birds know that this championship was a celebration of all of the teams and fans that came before them.
That fact was not lost on these Eagles players as they rode down Broad Street with the Lombardi Trophy.
“Is that Jason Peters rocking a Brian Dawkins’ jersey!?!” I screamed to anyone willing to listen as I stood on the rail near Broad and South as a bus rolled in from a distance.
Indeed it was. And it was awesome.
One of the best Eagles’ players ever wearing the jersey of perhaps the greatest Eagle ever. It was an incredible gesture not lost on anyone.
And Peters was just one of many of the current players to rock a throwback.
Peters paid homage to Dawk. Fletcher Cox rocked Reggie White. Brent Celek wore Harold Carmichael’s No. 17 jersey. Rodney McLeod was repping Randall Cunningham.
Eagles fans wear these throwbacks all the time but it was unique to see the current guys do the same.
Celek spoke to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Danny Pommels while riding the bus down Broad about the thought behind his jersey choice.
“I used to come in the building everyday and see Harold. That guy taught me a lot about what it means to be a professional athlete and to be a man in this league,” Celek said.
“These guys that came before us, they deserve it. They deserve everything that we’re going through right now. They weren’t able to experience it. I just want them to be a part of it a little bit.”
Derrick Gunn caught up with Carmichael in front of the Art Musem and asked him about Celek's sartorial selection.
“This is a great honor that he’s paying tribute to me. Brent called me the other day, he said, ‘I want to wear your jersey but I can’t find one.’ I said, ‘well, Brent, they’re all sold out!’ I told him I’d look and see what I had for him,” Carmichael said.
It also produced one of the most iconic images of the memorable day of Celek atop the Art Museum steps with a familiar hat.