By Peter Gleason

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie spoke at the commencement at his alma mater, Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and spread the gospel:

“In the end, you have to make a judgment about human character that no algorithm can really capture,” Lurie said. “When we decided to hire Doug Pederson as our new coach, we got plenty of criticism for what seemed like a completely unconventional choice based on his career experience at that point. But what I saw in Doug was someone not just with expertise about football strategy and tactics, but a unique level of empathy for players as individuals – and real insight about how people work together as a team.”

Lurie shared what quarterback Nick Foles said in the huddle late in the fourth quarter of the 2018 Super Bowl.

“Not ‘let’s go do this’ but simply, ‘I love you guys’,” Lurie said. “’I love you.’ Maybe it sounds hokey, but what could be more freeing of the best you have inside you than knowing you’re loved regardless of what happens?”

He called forming a sense of community as a core value of the Eagles.

“No question, our goal is to win championships, but we have committed ourselves to supporting our players and staff in being truly engaged citizens working for health, education, and social justice in our city,” Lurie said. “Many have been rightly honored for that civic engagement. For me personally, my brother’s life on the autism spectrum has driven a focus on using our platform to raise both awareness and funding for cutting-edge research, treatment and support for those with autism.”

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