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Eagles salute deceased season-ticket holder, Eagle Joe Brown

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No team does a better job than the Eagles of sending out text messages and emails regarding the franchise’s transactions and developments.

On Tuesday, the Eagles sent out an email of a very different kind. They’re honoring season-ticket holder and long-time training camp fixture “Eagle” Joe Brown, who has died at the age of 62.

“Training camp will not be the same without Eagle Joe,” coach Andy Reid said in a team-issued release. “He was a fixture at our practices every summer for many, many years.  He knew every player on the roster, their 40 time, their college and their statistics, it seemed.  He bled green.  And even though he was struggling with various illnesses in recent years, he still managed to travel to Lehigh a few times every camp.  He always had a kind word of encouragement to each of our players and coaches.  He never asked for anything and never expected anything, he just wanted to be around his Eagles family.  We will certainly miss Joe and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends in their time of loss.”

Brown started his annual appearances at training camp in 1975, using vacation days from his job at a supermarket.  Thirteen years later, coach Buddy Ryan invited Brown to stand on the sidelines during training-camp practice.  Brown thereafter enjoyed that level of access, under every subsequent head coach.

We salute Eagle Joe Brown for his devotion to the team, and we respect the Eagles for remembering him in such a public way.

(Photo credit:  the Morning Call)

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21 Responses to “Eagles salute deceased season-ticket holder, Eagle Joe Brown”
  1. thefirstsmilergrogan says: May 29, 2012 2:18 PM

    class move by an outfit who almost always seem to go out of their way to convey that “Joe and Andy know best”.

    Maybe one day they’ll realize they need a dependable large back for short yardage, and a blocking tight end to assist in getting that short yardage… oh, and plexiglass for the red zone would also be good…..

  2. tfbuckfutter says: May 29, 2012 2:20 PM

    “He never asked for anything and never expected anything”

    And the Eagles always delivered.

  3. kattykathy says: May 29, 2012 2:20 PM

    Very nice move on the teams part.
    Classy and respectful.

  4. kattykathy says: May 29, 2012 2:23 PM

    Also a very classy move by every coach that kept him on the sidelines.

    Very rare to see such kindness and levels of appreciation from sporting figures.
    Applauds all the way around

  5. bleed4philly says: May 29, 2012 2:24 PM

    RIP Eagle Joe

  6. itsmebobd says: May 29, 2012 2:25 PM

    That is so cool. Reminds me of my bengals guy, gosh cant remember his name, but he always runs out onto the field with the team before the games with WHODEY the bengal tiger. He was friends with PAUL BROWN back then, this was when racism was still very big in our country, and paul brown gave him a job picking him up from the airport and doing little errands, but paying him very well for it, because the guy just absolutely loves the bengals. These kind of kindhearted stories remind us all that there is loyalty in these organizations, and great heart felt stories can come from an NFL locker room
    WHODEY

  7. cooklynn17 says: May 29, 2012 2:29 PM

    This dude knew a lot about the team. So it stands to reason he knew the Eagles would suck again this year and underachieve like they always do. All he wanted was a Super Bowl, so of course the New York Giants won it for him since the clueless birds couldn’t.

  8. skulman7 says: May 29, 2012 2:43 PM

    Shame people find the need to make a sports joke in a post about a death of a dedicated fan.

    RIP Eagle Joe

  9. thegreatgabbert says: May 29, 2012 2:46 PM

    Mr. Brown showed up at the same spot for nearly 40 years. He was a regular Joe.

  10. jimbo75025 says: May 29, 2012 2:47 PM

    Rare that I have anything much good to say about anything Philly, but this was a class move by the organization.

    RIP Mr Brown and condolences to your family. Even though we may have rooted for different teams-much respect for your dedication as a fan.

  11. schmitty2 says: May 29, 2012 2:49 PM

    Classy move by the Eagles. Too bad the teams that have the well know fan can’t seem to win a title for them-Pinto Ron in Buffalo, Fireman Ed in NY, the Viking guy in Minnesota etc

  12. dallassux says: May 29, 2012 2:51 PM

    This dude knew a lot about the team. So it stands to reason he knew the Eagles would suck again this year and underachieve like they always do. All he wanted was a Super Bowl, so of course the New York Giants won it for him since the clueless birds couldn’t.

    ———————————————————————————–

    And there you have it. Leave it up to a dirtbag new yawker to make the first classless comment. Nice job. Total disgrace.

  13. ibeenthereandback says: May 29, 2012 3:05 PM

    I have a lot of friends who are Philly sports fans. It’s a shame to see them wait and wait and wait for a Super Bowl victory.

    It’s a shame to see a loyal follower like Joe Brown pass away without having seen his team raise the Lombardi trophy.

    The Eagles owe their fans a trophy, and if the current owner/coach can’t give them one…now…while every other team in the division has at least 3…they need to clean out the staff and find somebody to run their football operation.

    I think Joe Brown deserved to see his team have no money available under the cap at the end of one season, rather than being applauded for having a boatload of dough available for the next year!!

    These fans want to talk about THEIR team in February, not during OTA’s and training camp!

    Sorry you didn’t get to enjoy one with your friends and family Joe. I hope they can toast you and your Birds sometime soon.

  14. distracted9 says: May 29, 2012 3:12 PM

    I understand the trash talk… I get it.. but there is more to life than the team you root for. There is a time as a decent human being that you leave your allegiances asside send condolences. I bleed green as an Eagles fan, but I bleed red like everyone else in time of sorrow reguardless of who they root for. RIP Joe… You will be remembered.

  15. shackdelrio says: May 29, 2012 3:17 PM

    RIP Joe. Sounded like he was a good guy and a great fan. Each team needs die-hards like that.

  16. gojags says: May 29, 2012 3:31 PM

    RIP Joe. Let his good soul bless the Eagles quest for their first Super Bowl victory.

  17. cooklynn17 says: May 29, 2012 3:55 PM

    dallassux says: May 29, 2012 2:51 PM

    This dude knew a lot about the team. So it stands to reason he knew the Eagles would suck again this year and underachieve like they always do. All he wanted was a Super Bowl, so of course the New York Giants won it for him since the clueless birds couldn’t.

    ———————————————————————————–

    And there you have it. Leave it up to a dirtbag new yawker to make the first classless comment. Nice job. Total disgrace.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    No really its just a fact moron, and the total disgrace is the joke of an organization you refer to as the Eagles. Losers now, forever and always.

    I’m shooting for 300 thumbs down, don’t disappoint me.

  18. eagleempire says: May 29, 2012 5:09 PM

    Rest In Peace Eagle Joe

  19. o0omorriso0o says: May 29, 2012 9:51 PM

    cooklynn17 = Whatever your trying to accomplish isn’t going to work. Your not funny, not cool. Your a disgrace in every way. Total loser, very pathetic. To make jokes on a topic like this is rediculous. Honestly you should be banned from the internet.

    RIP Eagle Joe. I know you will be looking down on your beloved birds this year. Who knows whether they will win the SB or not. But they will def field a good team this year. Maybe put in a good word to the big man for us :)

  20. cooklynn17 says: May 30, 2012 6:19 AM

    Cooklynn17…..um, I didn’t make any jokes, do not think I’m cool and am not a disgrace, you do not agree with me fine, its a freedom of speech issue. I will never be banned from the net so wishful thinking and if you don’t like it, then don’t read my posts.

    I will however give you credit for the following line from your above post.

    “Your a disgrace in every way. Total loser, very pathetic”.

    That sounds like you just described your eagles to a tee. And I could not agree more.

  21. bleedgreen11 says: May 30, 2012 1:56 PM

    hate on Philly fans all you want… Bleed Green Nation, nothing stronger.

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