PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The champs are here.
Hundreds of fans greeted the Philadelphia Eagles at Atlantic Aviation and the NovaCare Complex as the team returned back home following their Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.
The team plane landed at Atlantic Aviation in Philadelphia around 2:45 p.m. on Monday.
In a moment fans have been waiting for decades, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie carried the Lombardi Trophy off the plane to a huge ovation.
At one point, led by head coach Doug Pederson, Eagles players and personnel came over to the fans at the airport with the Lombardi Trophy to celebrate.
“It is just awesome, awesome. This is the best feeling in the world. I have been waiting for this forever,” said Steve Marigliano.
“I have been an Eagles fan since I was five years old. I have been a season ticket holder for over 30 years. And all I wanted was to have one championship, just one before I left this earth and it is a dream come true. Such a class organization. They came over, they shared the most beautiful moment with us and brought the city together. It’s a blessing,” said Tyrone Taylor.
After celebrating with the fans at the airport, the team then loaded onto buses and went to the NovaCare Complex, where hundreds more were waiting to celebrate.
Mascots Swoop, the Phillie Phanatic and Franklin riled up the crowd as fans, decked out in green and holding signs and balloons, cheered on the team as they pulled into the complex here.
Many were emotional as they described what this win means to them and what they chalk up the Birds’ success to.
“They love each other, they’re a brotherhood, they play together, there’s no egos on the team, they’re going to be together for years and there’s not one selfish guy on the team. I love them,” said Mike Pond of Ocean City, New Jersey.
“It’s kind of hard not be nervous with what I’ve been used to with the Eagles breaking my heart every year, but we pulled it out because we’re all we got and we’re all we need,” said Alexander Platt of Seattle.
The Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in dramatic fashion, 41-33, to capture their first ever Super Bowl on Sunday night.
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was named Super Bowl MVP after throwing for three touchdown passes.
And the celebration will continue Thursday as the city holds a Super Bowl parade for the champs.