By Annie Ross
The Eagles’ play on the field has them on top of the NFL’s pyramid at 10-1.
And the way they have celebrated that play has caught the attention of even non-fans.
Just like the 1985 Chicago Bears, who went 15-1 on the way to a Supe win and entertained everyone with the Super Bowl Shuffle.
Their choreographed celebrations after touchdowns are easily the highlight of the season. They’ve given fans a glimpse of what their favorite players are really like and, as a result, have helped chip away at the NFL’s reputation as the stodgy “No Fun League.”
“We work hard so we feel like the least we can do is have fun out there,” said Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, one of the creative directors behind Sunday’s rendition of ‘The Electric Slide.’
“It gets the crowd involved and excited,” Jenkins added. “That permeates throughout the whole team.”
“We saw a lot of interest in liberalizing and allowing the players a little more freedom to be able to express their joy, their individuality and frankly celebrate the game,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in announcing the change to allowing these celebrations.
The Eagles could have called it a day after the offense went bowling Sunday, only to have the defense top it with “The Electric Slide.”
“One of my favorite things that happened in this NFL this year are those end zone celebrations,” NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth said Sunday night. “We see these young people for what they are. They’re in their 20s, they’re fun-loving, social media, all that kind of stuff. So we get a chance to meet them. For the most part, people who watch the NFL, sometimes they see the issues that get attached to these players.
“But those celebrations have let us see young kids having fun with football. And I love watching it. I really do.”
“Listen, the guys are having fun doing it, they’re having fun playing together,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “This game is hard enough. And when you score, you kind of want them to celebrate together, and that’s a great thing.”