Each day when Eagles president Don Smolenski walks downstairs and into the NovaCare Complex lobby, he knows an important piece of silverware is sitting in the team's trophy case.
Yet he always checks to make sure it's still there.
Although it has been more than four months since the Eagles won the Super Bowl, the Lombardi Trophy is just one reminder of the most significant accomplishment in franchise history.
Monday afternoon, PHL Sports honored the Eagles with yet another trophy, giving them the 2018 John Wanamaker Athletic Award to commemorate their success last season in bringing a pro football championship to the city for the first time in more than half a century. PHL Sports is a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Smolenski, along with head coach Doug Pederson, attended the luncheon at the Wanamaker Building in Center City.
The event was yet another in what Smolenski said has been a whirlwind tour around the city ever since the Eagles stepped off their team charter at Philadelphia International back in February.
"There have been many, many moments, and I try to absorb and appreciate every single one," Smolenski said. "[The parade] was overwhelming. It was just a jubilation seeing millions of people smile and united in one common occasion."
Swoop, the team's mascot, and Eagles cheerleaders were at the doors of the Crystal Tea Room, welcoming guests as they entered the annual event. Not only was it an opportunity to celebrate the biggest moment in recent Philadelphia sports history, but guests also got an up-close look at the Lombardi Trophy when it joined the party.
Next season, however, is now closer than last, and Smolenski and the Eagles recognize that a time comes to turn the page.
"It's a delicate balance because you don't want the moment and the memory of the past season to fade because you want to honor and cherish it," he said. "You've had to look forward [to the offseason and next year], and you're trying to do it with the appropriate respect for the past."
After interacting with thousands of loyal fans, it doesn't seem as if Smolenski will forget it anytime soon.