The Philadelphia Eagles are the 2017 World Champions of Football.
For the first time in 57 years, the Birds have brought home a championship in a thrilling 41-33 defeat of the defending champion, New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
For many in our area, it was a once in a lifetime achievement, with every sound, sight and smell being taken in to store away in our aesthetic vault.
Here in Glassboro, the feeling was certainly electric as Eagles Running Back Corey Clement, a graduate of Glassboro High School, had an impressive game as a receiver, catching four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown on the biggest stage in sports.
When the clock hit zeros and Philadelphia clinched the championship, students poured out of local bars and on-campus houses to celebrate around town.
In a video sent to The Whit by Scott Brody, students can be seen running out into the roundabout on Route 322 by Whitney Center, cheering as car horns blare in the background.
“After the game, it was like New Year’s,” said Colleen Grehlinger, 19, biomedical engineering major and Glassboro resident. “People were banging pots and pans and were setting off fireworks.
In another video sent to The Whit, a group of people can be seen setting off fireworks out front of the Chickie’s & Pete’s on Rowan Boulevard. A police cruiser then pulls up with its lights on.
For the most part, Glassboro was well-behaved. In Center City, the celebration turned out of control in some areas where traffic lights were brought down, stores were looted and an awning to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel collapsed with several people on top. There was no word on any injuries.
Luziano Pichardo, 20, sophomore, got in on the celebration in Philadelphia.
“The traffic going into Philly was crazy,” Pichardo said, who watched the game with his father, as did many Eagles fans who wanted to share the experience with their loved ones. “I was there when they flipped the car over [on Broad & Walnut] and when the guys were playing the fight song on the trumpets out of the windows.”
Feb. 4, 2018 was a night every Philadelphia Eagles fan will never forget. The moments after the big win will be what brings them back to that very night when reminiscing in the future. Luckily for Rowan students, they celebrated safely and respectfully.
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