A Super Bowl glossary for new Eagles fans

Maybe you don’t usually care about football. Maybe you’re usually a Steelers fan. But now that the Eagles are taking on the Patriots in two days in their first Super Bowl since 2005, it’s all anyone can talk about. Here’s a glossary on what you need to know if you want to join the bandwagon or adequately hold your own in a conversation about the Eagles at your neighbor’s Super Bowl party.

Nick Foles: The Eagles’ current starting quarterback. He signed a contract to be Carson Wentz’s backup quarterback in 2017 and put up a stunning performance in the NFC Championship, racking up three touchdowns against the Vikings.

If you want to sound like an expert, say: He is so cool under pressure. I would trust him as my babysitter.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles yells after throwing a second quarter touchdown pass to teammate wide receiver Alshon Jeffery against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship game on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa.

Carson Wentz: The Eagles’ former starting quarterback for the 2017-2018 season. Wentz tore his ACL during a crucial game against the Rams, but not before helping the team clinch the NFC East title.

If you want to sound like an expert, say: He looks so much like Prince Harry. I love his toughness.

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Injured quarterback Carson Wentz watches his teammates during Eagles practice at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.

Doug Pederson: The Eagles’ head coach. He was the quarterbacks coach and assistant offensive coordinator, before following former head coach Andy Reid to Kansas City. Pederson was hired as head coach in 2016.

If you want to sound like an expert, say: His game plans are great. I wish my boss was that organized.

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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson takes part in a media availability for the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Minneapolis. Philadelphia is scheduled to face the New England Patriots Sunday.

Fletcher Cox: The Eagles’ defensive tackle. Cox is known for his dominance on the field, finishing the season with 26 tackles.

If you want to sound like an expert, say: Did you see him sack the quarterback that time? What a push up the middle!

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Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox wears a wrestling mask as he takes part in a media availability for the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, in Minneapolis. Philadelphia is scheduled to face the New England Patriots Sunday.

Malcolm Jenkins: The Eagles’ star safety. Jenkins is not only known for his leadership on the field, but also his activism and work with the Players Coalition, a group of NFL players seeking solutions to the inequalities and problems African Americans face.

If you want to sound like an expert, say: I love his tackling technique and his social justice stance.

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Safety Malcolm Jenkins exults after stopping the Falcons’ Devonta Freeman short of a first down.

Jake Elliott: The Eagles’ kicker. Elliot nailed a 61-yard kick in Week 3, setting the record for the longest kick in franchise history. (Carson Wentz offered Elliott his game check for making the field goal, but he turned it down.)

If you want to sound like an expert, say: Didn’t he kick that 61-yarder? What a leg!

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Eagles kicker Jake Elliott smiles while answering questions during the Eagles media availability on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

Jalen Mills: The Eagles’ cornerback. Mills is an up-and-coming player whose personality has captured how Eagles fans have felt pretty much all season.

If you want to sound like an expert, say: I wonder if he dyes his hair green every week or whether it was a one-and-done.

>> How to DIY dye your hair Eagles green for the Super Bowl

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Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills listens to questions during a media availability on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

Chris Long: The Eagles’ defensive end. He’s known for his charity work — Long donated his entire paycheck this season to educational charities.

If you want to sound like an expert, say: You can see his tattoos through his uniform!

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Eagles defensive end Chris Long bundled up on the sidelines during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Lincoln Financial Field in a Monday Night Football game Christmas night 2017. Eagles won 19-10.

Zach Ertz: The Eagles’ tight end. A former Stanford player, Ertz had a breakout year this last season with 10 receptions.

If you want to sound like an expert, say: His wife, Julie, is so good at soccer, I wonder if he’s jealous.

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Tight end Zach Ertz catches a pass during Eagles practice at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.

Merrill Reese: The Eagles’ longtime radio voice. Reese has been on-air for 41 years and many Eagles fans prefer to mute the games on television and listen to the broadcaster’s play-by-play instead.

Rubber dog masks: Chris Long and Lane Johnson donned German shepherd masks after beating the Falcons, embracing the team’s underdog status. The masks quickly sold out online, and the Linc allowed fans to bring them into the stadium as long as they took them off for security. The same rules will apply in Minneapolis, according to the NFL.

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Wayne Darrow of Mickleton, N.J., sports a dog mask in the crowd at Lincoln Financial Field.

Most importantly, how can you watch the Super Bowl? You can catch it on NBC at 6:30 p.m. with Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya. Tune into 94WIP to hear Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin, or 105.7-FM La Mega in Spanish with Rickie Ricardo, Gus Salazar and Maria Berral.