The Eagles' return to NovaCare for the remainder of the preseason began with a news conference allowing three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tra Thomas to retire as an Eagle.
The conference was a formality for a player three years removed from having played in the NFL, but it was perhaps another symbol of the organization trying to emphasize its new outlook on honoring notable figures, giving current players a sense of continuity and history.
Thomas broke down in tears after saying Eagles coach Andy Reid was "like a second father figure to me." He said he would do anything he could to help the Eagles' organization.
"The happiest day in my life was when I was drafted by the Eagles. The saddest day was when I left the Eagles," Thomas said.