By Andrew Porter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Chris Maragos is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Philadelphia and he’s only played in five games as an Eagle.
See in Philly, we take to guys who work relentlessly hard to achieve their goal at all costs. Maragos, a special teams guru, does exactly that. He’s usually the first Eagle pictured in your screen on Cody Parkey kickoffs and doesn’t stop for anything, not even a touchback, always running straight through the end zone like a flying torpedo.
The blocked-punt he returned for a touchdown last week against the Rams didn’t hurt either.
“The thing that I love here about being in Philadelphia is that the fans here are so loyal, they’re so deep, and they love football 24/7,” Maragos told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show. “And I’ll tell you what, as a player, to go to work everyday—you know, we really work really hard as a team and to know that we have fans that care that much, about us and about the team, it makes us work harder.”
The former Seahawk and Super Bowl Champion knows a thing or two about crowd noise, as Seattle is currently famous for having the loudest fans in the league. Maragos, however, says his ears were ringing during the Eagles home game last Sunday.
“The stadium has been rockin’ this year,” Maragos said on Thursday. “There was points last game at the end there, that aw man, it was just—my ears were ringing, it was super loud, it was unbelievable. And we really feed off of that and we really appreciate all the support from the fans.”
On Sunday night the 4-1 Eagles will host the 3-2 Giants at 8:30pm E.T. on NBC. The Eagles will be wearing all black uniforms for the first time ever and the crowd is expected to create a “blackout” atmosphere. The Linc is going to be on fire.
“You know, I think just to execute,” Maragos said of the mindset entering the big divisional clash. “You know, there are so many factors going into this game. It’s a divisional game, it’s a Sunday night game, it’s a prime time game. There are so many different things that are kind of outside factors coming in. But, you know, for us we just want to stay focused on what we need to do. We want to stay within ourselves, we want to stay within our scheme, we want to trust and rely on the training that we put in, and we really want to go out there and just execute one play at a time.”
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