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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.

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  1. 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.

  2. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: May 16, 2017 7:13 PM

    I need a new t-shirt. Where’s my t-shirt?

  3. greenbleeder says: May 16, 2017 7:14 PM

    Time’s yours… I mean, um, what?


  4. jimnaizeeum says: May 16, 2017 7:24 PM

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

  5. donbat67 says: May 16, 2017 7:33 PM

    Winning the offseason .

  6. thegronk87 says: May 16, 2017 7:35 PM


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

  7. brazin99 says: May 16, 2017 7:41 PM

    Does this “Pederson” guy have a first name? 🙂

  8. chitowncolt says: May 16, 2017 7:41 PM

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

  9. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 16, 2017 7:47 PM

    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.


    You have employees? LOL. Sure.

  10. udub says: May 16, 2017 7:51 PM

    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.

  11. eglsfan says: May 16, 2017 7:57 PM


    wow we can tell you are objective….

  12. whatjusthapped says: May 16, 2017 8:07 PM

    Mike Zimmer tried that two years back with his “Beat the Packers” T shirt. That didn’t work either as the Vikings went on to lose.

  13. trentdilfer08 says: May 16, 2017 8:12 PM

    Competing for T – Shirts not RINGS… seems right for a Philadelphia team!

  14. steelerfan63 says: May 16, 2017 8:23 PM

    Over here in Pittsburgh,they’re competing for a Lombardi.Just saying.

  15. weepingjebus says: May 16, 2017 8:26 PM

    Now we know where all the Falcons Super Bowl champs shirts went.

  16. koolaid69 says: May 16, 2017 8:41 PM

    I like his coaching style. For that reason alone I wish him the best of luck this season, unless they face the Lions

  17. mnrasslinggovjesse says: May 16, 2017 9:24 PM

    Mike Zimmer had some “Beat Green Bay” shirts left that he sold them cheap.

  18. blah773 says: May 16, 2017 10:28 PM


  19. sbdt says: May 16, 2017 10:53 PM

    There’s an Always Sunny episode about this

  20. FootballHaiku says: May 16, 2017 10:59 PM

    Because playing for rings is overrated.

  21. knew8411 says: May 16, 2017 11:37 PM

    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.

  22. Biscuits and Gravy says: May 16, 2017 11:51 PM

    “I play for a crappy organization and got this t-shirt”

  23. kevpft says: May 17, 2017 12:38 AM

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

  24. pv1960 says: May 17, 2017 4:36 AM

    The Eagles owner is a true fairy who plays fantasy football and will NEVER win a SB!

  25. nyneal says: May 17, 2017 5:43 AM

    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.

  26. propjoe718 says: May 17, 2017 5:59 AM

    Too bad they again won’t compete for a trophy!

  27. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: May 17, 2017 6:18 AM

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

  28. viffty says: May 17, 2017 8:38 AM

    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!

  29. 1phillyphan says: May 17, 2017 8:48 AM

    Not sure how this article just makes trolls post stupid no rings comments.
    Either way as the writer says. Its having a positive results

  30. silvernblacksabbath says: May 17, 2017 8:52 AM

    Eagles are legit.. Wentz can play! Good luck!

  31. bcdc26 says: May 17, 2017 9:10 AM

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

  32. rootpain says: May 17, 2017 9:10 AM

    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.

  33. anarchopurplism says: May 17, 2017 9:15 AM

    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.

  34. mysportsrumors says: May 17, 2017 9:51 AM

    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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