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Philadelphia Eagles fans organize petition to have Pope Francis rub Sam Bradford's knee

This is a new level of fandom.

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The phrase "If Sam Bradford can just stay healthy..." has been repeated over and over by fans since the team acquired the oft-injured quarterback earlier this offseason. The good news for the team is that Bradford has looked completely healthy in training camp so far and he hasn't had any setbacks. But some fans want to go the extra mile to make sure Philadelphia's quarterback stays healthy.

A group of Eagles fans have started an online petition to have Pope Francis rub Bradford's knee and bless it for the upcoming season. As of this posting, the petition currently has nearly 1,400 supporters. Here's the description:

"The Pope is coming to Philly! Our city! With this Eagles season coming up, a lot of our Super Bowl hopes rely on Sam Bradford's knees staying healthy. So, with one of the most religious representatives in the world visiting our wonderful place we call home, how about we get him to bless Bradford's knees during his visit to Philly! This town deserves a Super Bowl, and a healthy Bradford is the only way we will have a parade down Broad Street! Please sign this petition and Go Eagles and Welcome to Philly, Pope Francis!!!!"

The Pope is scheduled to visit Philadelphia on Sept. 26-27. The Eagles will be busying playing the New York Jets in North Jersey that weekend, but maybe the Eagles can work something out where Pope Francis can help Bradford out. But probably not.

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