Your reaction to getting your own Eagles World Championship ring may never be as good as former Eagles player Jon Dorenbos’.
The Eagles launched a sweepstakes this week that gives fans a shot at winning the coveted piece of jewelry, along with a slew of other prizes, including 50-yard line tickets for the Eagles-Redskins game on Dec. 3, as well as a meet-and-greet with owner Jeffrey Lurie.
Those interested will need to donate a minimum of $10 online between now and Sept. 30. Proceeds from the sweepstakes will go toward the Eagles Autism Challenge, an organization that raises funds for autism research. A winner is expected to be chosen in October.
“This has truly been one of the most remarkable seasons in franchise history,” Ryan Hammond, Eagles Autism Challenge executive director, said in a statement. “From winning our first Lombardi Trophy to raising more than $2.5 million for innovative autism research, our fans have supported us every step of the way. The Eagles World Championship Ring Sweepstakes will present one lucky Eagles fan with a once-in-a-lifetime keepsake, while directing much-needed funds to a cause that affects the lives of so many in our communities.”
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) June 20, 2018
The sweepstakes comes a week after the Eagles received their own official championship rings in honor of their first-ever Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots. While Dorenbos — the former Eagles player who had to quit the sport after getting heart surgery — wasn’t on the team this season to witness the win, his contributions weren’t lost on Lurie, who previously promised him a ring.
The organization kept its promise, sharing a short video clip of Dorenbos getting the ring on Thursday.
“I don’t even want touch it,” he said. “Do I touch it?”
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) June 21, 2018
Fans applauded the teams’ decision to award Dorenbos a ring, with one comparing him to a “little kid at Christmas.” Another remarked, “very few people, if anyone, deserved it more” than Dorenbos.
https://t.co/tY4IkNetVr cute is this? He's like a little kid at Christmas.That is pretty neat the way it lights up nd everything.
— kim dunn (@kmjdu) June 21, 2018
Very few people, if anyone, deserved it more than you @JonDorenbos! Glad you finally got the ring you earned over the last 12 seasons in an unheralded and overlooked job on the field.
— Christopher Buttich (@CBates218) June 21, 2018
Dorenbos, who played for the Eagles for 11 seasons, was traded to the New Orleans Saints last summer when doctors discovered that he had an aortic aneurysm. Dorenbos also appeared on the show America’s Got Talent in 2016, performing magic tricks. His life is the subject of an upcoming movie.