The Eagles and Chiefs are in Arizona ahead of the Super Bowl, but with just under a week before the big game, they took the many stages for opening night on Monday. It is one of the many distractions of the week, but the players made it clear that they are still laser-focused on the prize, and still have an opportunity to do something really special.
The guys had huge smiles on their faces all night as they answered silly questions, ragged on each other a little, and truly tried to soak in all the chaos that is Super Bowl week.
#Eagles introduction … pic.twitter.com/HjtTs4IUSr— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) February 7, 2023
Here are some of the highlights from the night:
Sirianni is asked a no-brainer
#Eagles HC Nick Sirianni was asked if the Super Bowl is “a must-win game.”— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) February 7, 2023
He somehow kept a straight face and replied: “Yeah.”
Hurts on Philly
The Eagles QB was on stage for over an hour on Monday night, and while he wasn’t ready to talk about his future contract — something Jeffrey Lurie mentioned earlier in the evening — Hurts did say that he loves Philadelphia and would love to be here forever.
"This is a place I'd love to be forever."— Alexis Chassen (@Lovelybuckeye) February 7, 2023
The QB talked about getting to play with so many of his friends, and says it's a special vibe this year
Hurts said that when he was drafted by the Eagles, Donovan McNabb reached out to his Dad, and took the young QB under his wing. Following in the footsteps of those that came before him, like McNabb, Randall Cunningham, and Michael Vick, is special to him and says a lot about the organization.
While Hurts said he doesn’t have one favorite all-time NFL player, when he was growing up, he had a black Vick jersey from when he was with the Falcons, and then had a green No. 7 when he was in Philly.
All love for Kelce from Mailata
Not only does Mailata have Jason Kelce as his phone background, but it’s an amazing picture of the Eagles’ center in his Batman mask.
Jordan Mailata's screensaver: Jason Kelce @Jordan_Mailata | @JasonKelce— NFL (@NFL) February 7, 2023
: #SBOpeningNight on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/AkFMNUJ6v6
...but the Batman props stayed in Philly
A.J. Brown says the Eagles didn’t bring the Batman cape to the Super Bowl.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) February 7, 2023
“We’re locked in."
He said they don’t have time for planning celebrations or anything like that.
Mahomes knows better
These are the two best teams in the NFL, and things have been respectful up to this point between them. Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes must know BG’s penchant for trash talking, and made a pretty smart decision to stay in his lane when sharing the stage.
.@PatrickMahomes isn’t trying to give @brandongraham55 extra motivation— NFL (@NFL) February 7, 2023
: #SBOpeningNight on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/dxKyEbBSxn
Andy Reid gives Kelce’s beard a love tug
Pretty cool moment for the former Eagles head coach to reunite with some of his former players.
Andy Reid greetings #Eagles players.— EJ Smith (@EJSmith94) February 7, 2023
Peep the Kelce beard grab toward the end: pic.twitter.com/yZUH4t67XF
There’s also this gem:
Just got a great text from Sal Pal...with a classic photo!— Mike Gill (@MikeGillShow) February 7, 2023
Reid and Roseman#FlyEaglesFly vs #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/CFFrh3GKVT
And Big Red confirmed it’s all love with the Eagles:
Andy Reid is still so proud of the @Eagles.— NFL (@NFL) February 7, 2023
: #SBOpeningNight on @NFLNetwork pic.twitter.com/M6aAlqOPEh
The Kelce family is in AZ
Jason, Travis and Donna Kelce having a moment in the Opening Night madness. pic.twitter.com/tITXEFZ1ah— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) February 7, 2023
Weak trolling doesn’t seem like a great vibe for the Chiefs ...
"Honestly, the best Philly Cheesesteaks are not in Philly!" @TeamJuJu gives his opinion on Philly's cheesesteaks— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) February 7, 2023
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