"Eagles Win! Eagles Win! Eagles Win!"
Sunday afternoon, Eagles fans will hope to hear those words repeated once again by legendary broadcaster Merrill Reese.
"I was like, 'What?' It hit me like a ton of bricks," Merrill recalled to CBS Philly. After he ended his morning broadcast, he received a call from WIP's Dean Tyler, who told the young broadcaster, "Merrill, you're doing play-by-play. Who's doing color?"
Since that first game, Reese has gone on to call two Super Bowls, six NFC championship games and more iconic Eagles moments than most fans can probably recall.
So what keeps him going after all these years?
"I'm scared to death every Sunday morning of an Eagles game," Reese said. "I think that comes from how important it is to me. You'll never see me eat before a game in the dining room. I can't. I won't eat until after the game."
Reese revealed a bit of his process to the Inquirer's Karen Heller in an interview before the 1996 season:
"TV play-by-play is just captioning a picture,'' he explains. "But my job is to paint the picture. I can't give people merely explosions of emotion. There are a lot of mechanics involved.''
To this end, he created an exercise he calls STDD - Score, Time, Down, Distance - which he gives his listeners every 90 seconds.
And it isn't easy calling a football game about a hundred yards from the field, trying to identify up to 106 players, half of whom are new to you every week.
Still, it's the explosions of emotion that make Reese the ultimate fan, giving voice to the fans' visceral reactions.
"Obviously, network TV cannot reflect a bias,'' he says. "Nor would I if I was doing network television. But you can still show the excitement of a big play, regardless of who it affects. There are certain network announcers who truly are bland. I don't think it has to be.''
Reese told NJ.com's Randy Miller that, as is his custom after big plays such as this, he gave a CD of his call to Jackson, who responded by giving the broadcaster a little hug in the locker room. After Jackson was cut by Chip Kelly, Reese wrote the wide receiver a handwritten note and sent it to the Redskins:
Another call Reese is fond of happened during a Jan. 11, 1981 game against the Cowboys, which featured Wilbert Montgomery's 42-yard touchdown run, leading the Eagles to become NFC champions.
Here are Reese's eight other favorite calls, as compiled by CBS Philly:
5. Dec. 2, 1990: Randall Cunningham somehow eludes Bruce Smith in the end zone and finds Fred Barnett for a 95-yard touchdown against the Bills.
6. Oct. 3, 1993: Eric Allen's 94-yard interception return for a touchdown helps cap an Eagles comeback against the Jets.
8. Oct. 10, 1988: Randall Cunningham defies logic and gravity after being hit straight on by Carl Banks on "Monday Night Football."
9. Dec. 20, 1992: Eric Allen saves the day with a pass deflection on the final play to secure a victory over the Redskins.