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PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – Fresh off a season in which they won 10 games, captured the NFC East title, and found a new franchise quarterback in Michael Vick, the Eagles were more than pleased with Monday’s news that football is back.
“In the end, both sides gave enough to get the deal done, and we can all go back to work feeling good about what was accomplished,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “A 10-year contract is unprecedented in professional sports. By the time this contract ends, the NFL and its players will have been able to play 33 uninterrupted seasons of football.”
Philadelphia will hold training camp, as planned, at Lehigh University, starting on Wednesday.
“I’m happy that the NFL and its players can get back doing what they love to do,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “The coaches can get back to coaching. Players can get back to playing and we’re all pleased about that.”
CBS 3 was there as movers for the Eagles unloaded boxes full of equipment in preparation for another football season, a season already impacting businesses in the Bethlehem area that rely on an economic boost during the NFL preseason.
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Starter’s Riverport Manager Richard Stine says without training camp, the chairs at the restaurant are practically empty, but when camp starts later this week, his customer base will double.
Stine says people travel from all over to see the Eagles practice.
Another popular restaurant, Bethlehem Brew Works, is known for serving Eagles players and fans who now have something to drink to! General Manager Jesse Albertson never gave up hope the lockout would soon end.
Albertson says a lot of the people who visit the restaurant during training camp are from Philadelphia.
Philadelphia will play host to Baltimore in the preseason opener on Aug. 11.
Reported by Jericka Duncan, CBS 3
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