Eagles’ workouts have players “competing like crazy for a T-shirt”

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The Eagles have discovered that millionaire athletes will fight tooth and nail for a T-shirt worth a few bucks.

At the team’s offseason workouts, competition is the name of the game, whether it’s tug of war between linemen or agility tests between receivers. And winning those competitions is a big deal, even though the winners get relatively modest prizes like shirts, priority parking spaces and the right to choose the music in the weight room the week after they win.

“The guys are really buying into it and getting after it. There is a great desire to compete, and when there is a prize at the end, the guys really want to win,” Pederson said. “Our prizes are weekly T-shirts and parking spots along the front row in the parking lot. Those things mean a lot to the players. They are competing like crazy for a T-shirt and a better parking spot, things we take for granted. But the players want to win and they love it. Everybody has that drive in him to win and it’s the competition that motivates the spirit to win.”

The Eagles are hoping those competitions translate to wins on the field in September.

34 responses to “Eagles’ workouts have players “competing like crazy for a T-shirt”

  1. There are a lot of teams that do similar things particularly with the parking spots. Competition is what it’s all about and they all know who drives what. I’ve used it with my own employees, having to walk past the winners car on the way in just twists the knife.

  2. This may be a team that sneaks into the playoffs.
    Not saying they will, but they look to be improved.

  3. ***yawn***

    Pats have been giving away parking spots for top practice players for years.

  4. This training will come in handy for the camp bodies, who will themselves be parking cars in about five months.

  5. jag1959 says:
    May 16, 2017 7:05 PM
    There are a lot of teams that do similar things particularly with the parking spots. Competition is what it’s all about and they all know who drives what. I’ve used it with my own employees, having to walk past the winners car on the way in just twists the knife.

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    You have employees? LOL. Sure.

  6. Doesn’t matter if other teams do it.
    The story isn’t that they are doing it.
    The story is doing it has lit a fire in the players.

  7. Nothing wrong with figuring out ways to promote competition.
    I like the idea, and I don’t care how many other teams do it.
    IMO they’d all be wise to do something like this.

  8. Sounds like about the right level of competition/ambition for the Eagles. Super Bowl trophies are so hard!

  9. And when all is said and done, the Lombardi Trophy won’t be given to the Eagles.

    Besides, while the Eagles are all fired up in May, the Patriots are just going about their business and planning on winning another Super Bowl. They’ll get fired up around January.

  10. Not the Lombardi we are talking t shirts ,not a Lombardi we are talking t shirt LOL

  11. Well that trophy case won’t ever have a Lombardi in it so I guess the next best thing is to just fill it with t-shirts. Just another day in the life of an Eagles fan!

  12. I’d rather my team be competing like crazy for a Lombardi trophy, not t-shirts and parking spaces.

  13. That was the item that caught my attention and resulted in me reading up and then starting to follow Brady and then the Patriots.
    If I remember it, whoever got to practice first got the closest parking spot. It ended up always being Brady and he never took it. He always wanted even the additional 50 yards or so of exercise that parking further provided.

  14. That’s awesome. Indication of guys working hard & competing.

    Early in my career, I ranked comp way over recognition. Then, I started having success & realized how much harder I worked to win cheap trophies. I realized how motivating recognition really is.

    The comp gets you to show up. But recognition is tied to the deep desire to win…..that’s what keeps you grindin’ when the going gets tough.

  15. Hey got to let them have the experience of winning a big prize at some point because we know it wont be in February

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