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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 22, 2018
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.
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.