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Player, Fan—It’s Still the Burgundy and Gold

Two images stand out in my mind from last night’s game—Donovan McNabb applauding the Eagles for a well executed drive and London Fletcher imploring his teammates to reach for the stars. 

Thank you for being emotional players, heart-filled teammates, and stand-up guys. 

But there’s another image that’s being replayed at the start of every video recap, and that’s of LaRon Landry and DeSean Jackson fighting before the game began. 

Now I’m not trying to call anybody out.  There was certainly plenty of emotion going into this game. 

And Landry wasn’t the only one.  I seem to remember a certain number 92 shoving an offensive lineman in the third quarter after the whistle was blown.  He’s just lucky he didn’t called on it. 

We’re fans, not football players.  We’re not training every day.  Our careers aren’t casino spiele on the line.  We’re not worried about who we may or may not get traded to next year.  And we’re not on the football field putting our bodies on the line.

But we are fans.  And in many cases, we’ve been here for many years before these players were even born.  And we’re certainly going to be here for long after.  We’re all a part of this community—and I mean that in the biggest sense of the word, being the third generation loyal to the Burgundy and Gold from West Virginia.  

I hate to lose.  It’s embarrassing to show up at work and hear all the little cubicle jockeys mouthing off.  But I love my team. 

I get fired up when I see the Indian profile or hear the victory song.  When I see Kareem Moore or Philip Daniels or Lorenzo Alexander make a square hard hit, I get chills!!  And when a teammate steps up and takes charge, it makes me want to root even harder for the boys. 

I especially love what our team has done for our community, and the way that our kids look up to them.  I hate to see our players lose the respect that they have earned from the fans who love them.  And I hope we all remember what it really means to wear the burgundy and gold, whether as a player or as a fan.

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