Eagles fans donating to Mike Zimmer’s charity as gesture for bad behavior

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A group of Philadelphia Eagles fans are trying to show that not every member of their fan base is rowdy and confrontational.

According to Tim McManus of ESPN.com, a collection of Eagles fans have made donations to The Mike Zimmer Foundation as a gesture of good will after several incidents between Eagles and Minnesota Vikings surrounding last Sunday’s NFC Championship game.

The foundation has received approximately $7,000 in donations from Eagles fans since Sunday’s game. The foundation seeks to serve youth in Minnesota and was created to honor Zimmer’s wife, Vikki, who died in 2009.

While the incidents with fans were isolated events, the reputation has been earned through the decades. Whether it’s throwing snowballs at Santa Claus and others, cheering injured players or punching horses, a small subset of Eagles fans have sullied the fan base as a whole.

The group of people donating to Zimmer’s foundation are making a nice gesture to show the other side of the Eagles’ fan base.

47 responses to “Eagles fans donating to Mike Zimmer’s charity as gesture for bad behavior

  1. Another $700,000,000 and they will start to make amends for what are without doubt the worst fans this side if British soccer hooligans.

  2. Look we get it, people think Eagles fans are trash. The truth is you can literally find trash in any community around the entire world. Some people are good, some people suck, and that’s true in any town, city, culture, society, country, etc.

    The only thing that makes Eagles fans different is we root for the right team 😉

    Glad to hear some of us are donating to Zimmer’s charity. I’ve heard some Vikings fans are donating to Eagles causes too. Keep it up.

  3. people who act like that during games are an absolute joke..it’s just a game, when are you gonna grow up?

  4. Santa Claus again? You realize that story comes from 1969?

    The fans took out a season worth of frustration and the loss of the draft pick that would become O.J. Simpson by throwing snowballs at a skinny drunken Santa. Great fun was had by all.

    That said, Eagles fans don’t give a damn what you think.

    The Birds are in the Big Game, and all is right with the world.

  5. A donation to charity, while commendable, does not make up for the borderline (and in some cases actual) criminal behavior some Eagles fans perpetrated upon Vikings fans who went to Philadelphia to cheer for their team. All Philadelphians should be ashamed of the “reception” some of you gave to visitors.

  6. Earned… Right. Which team leads the rest of the league in stadium arrests every single year?

    Hint? It’s not Philly. Not even in the top five. Philly just gets the publicity. It happens everywhere. Stop feeding the stereotype.

  7. A fan is shot & killed at a Dallas game,
    A fan is beaten to death at a Chiefs game
    A fan at a 49rs game beaten so severely that he suffers seizures
    Two fans stabbed at a Bears game
    Teams with the most arrests at their home games
    Chargers
    Giants
    Jets
    Raiders
    Steelers
    But let’s keep bringing up the time over 30 years ago when a drunk guy
    dressed in a Santa suit was pelted with snowballs.

  8. I saw the clips of eagles fans mistreating Vikings fans. All of the eagles fans in the clips looked like 21-22 year old punks.

    Most Eagles fans are respectful. I’ve been to games at the linc and the vast majority of jarring opposing fans is light hearted.

  9. All the reason I don’t go to games anymore. Why deal with this BS. Its everywhere, not just Philly. Thanks for educating me on the Santa story. First I’ve heard of that.

  10. I’ve lived in the Philly area all my life. The Eagles fans are some of the most passionate sports fans on the face of the earth. They’ve supported their team through the good and the bad. They problem is they overreact too much and a lot of them are just plain stupid. In week two at Kansas City when Doug Peterson called a lot of pass plays, the fans and local media questioned his ability to coach. Three wins later he’s their choice for Coach of the Year. The bad behavior comes from people who are just plain losers in life. The football team is the only thing they have that makes them feel special. Don’t let a few (well, maybe a lot) of bad apples think this city is full of hateful people. If you have a friend from Philly, you have someone who truly loves you and has your back.

  11. I’ve lived in the Philly area all my life. The Eagles fans are some of the most passionate sports fans on the face of the earth. They’ve supported their team through the good and the bad. They problem is they overreact too much and a lot of them are just plain stupid. In week two at Kansas City when Doug Peterson called a lot of pass plays, the fans and local media questioned his ability to coach. Three wins later he’s their choice for Coach of the Year. The bad behavior comes from people who are just plain losers in life. The football team is the only thing they have that makes them feel special. Don’t let a few (well, maybe a lot) of bad apples think this city is full of hateful people. If you have a friend from Philly, you have someone who truly loves you and has your back.

  12. If the punk Eagles fans donated to the charity instead of the few decent ones then millions and millions of dollars would be donated.

  13. castropigsocks says:

    January 25, 2018 at 5:55 am

    A fan is shot & killed at a Dallas game,
    A fan is beaten to death at a Chiefs game
    A fan at a 49rs game beaten so severely that he suffers seizures
    Two fans stabbed at a Bears game
    Teams with the most arrests at their home games
    Chargers
    Giants
    Jets
    Raiders
    Steelers
    But let’s keep bringing up the time over 30 years ago when a drunk guy
    dressed in a Santa suit was pelted with snowballs.
    _____________________________________________________________________

    these stats only prove the Philadelphia cops are not doing their job. They just throw them out of the stadium and send them on their way

  14. The Eagles not making the Top 5 for arrests doesn’t mean that fans aren’t breaking the law. It means one of two things:

    1) The Philly Police aren’t arresting people when they should

    or

    2) This type of behavior is so common in Philadelphia that people don’t view it as “Disorderly” or “Unruly” and it doesn’t lead to Police being notified.

    In one video you see 8 or 10 Philly fans throwing full beer cans at Vikings fans. That would be 8 or 10 arrests in almost any other City. Not in Philly though. The Philly Police actually COMMENDED the fans for their proper behavior. I don’t expect many Philly fans to agree with me or to really even understand what I’m talking about. You grew up in a place where this is common and don’t realize that this type of stuff is unacceptable in most other places. No one doubts or denies that these behaviors occur in other cities. The difference is that in those other Cities dozens of people are arrested for their behavior and the vast majority condemn them for it. In your case, you jump to the defense of Philly fans and try to act like it’s normal stadium behavior.

  15. Philly fans are annoying, I know because I live here and I am one. Some stuff is over the top but there are worse stories in other cities. They throw stuff they yell stuff but no one get killed. They are a rowdy group but if you’re complaining you sound pretty soft. I’ve been to stadiums in other cities where the atmosphere is like a baseball game, zero passion. And honestly, the philly fans like that they get viewed this way. It lowers the chances of opposing teams fans taking over the game… like we see in other cities… Dallas, LA

  16. A lot of Eagles fans sure have been apologetic over the last week. “We’re not all like that.” “That’s a small percentage of fans.” If that’s the case, the vast majority of fans that fill the stadium shouldn’t have a problem keeping the trashy ones accountable in the moment. Power in numbers. If you see an Eagles fan take off an opposing fans hat and throw it in the urinal, or spit on opposing teams fans, you should be able to say something and shut that down. Buuut instead you try to take accountability via posting on social media.

  17. While I do agree that us Eagles fans are a little more rowdy and over the top than most fanbases and sometimes we go too far…… I don’t think that any fanbase should go into the opposing teams city and disrespect their monuments and expect to not get it in return. While it may be dumb to some to look up to a fictional character as a hero, Philly holds that Rocky statue in high regard so to go there and dress it up in Vikings colors was dumb on their part. Don’t think that wasn’t running through Eagles fans minds that were at the game, and doing the SKOL chant on the Art Museum steps, which is another monument in Philly, again dumb. That is after all week of trash talking about how the Vikings will beat the Eagles easily, the Eagles will get shut out won’t score a TD, or won’t score more than 10 points, Nick Foles won’t throw for more than 100 yards, etc. All this stuff was fed to us through the media everywhere, telling us how Vikings fans didn’t take us seriously or are disrespecting our team.

    And the truth of the matter is, even though some of the stuff done to Vikings fans was crappy, they are overreacting because they are butthurt over losing. No Vikings fan even got beat up, and there is even a video showing how Eagles fans were shaking the hands of Vikings fans as they were leaving. They got heckled and some beer thrown at them, and that is it. They are just being sore losers, because they had their hopes so high, because they thought they already won and got smashed by the Eagles. None of this stuff was happening against the Falcons fans, because they didn’t come in disrespecting our team or city, and you didn’t hear anything after they left because they weren’t butthurt over losing. I mean, just look at the articles showing what Vikings fans are planning to do to Eagles fans who show up for the SB…. Classy, right? All it is proving is that they brought this all on themselves. They aren’t as innocent as you all are trying to portray.

    Right or wrong, if an opposing fan is gonna come into Philly, you better be humble because Philly fans ain’t gonna take your crap regardless if they win or lose. They will give it back to you 10 fold. I just want to say 1 more thing. Skolololol

  18. The stuff the eagles fans did has made the entire eagles org a new enemy. The horrible things I’ve heard that have been done would constitute police investigations if roles were reversed here in Minneapolis. We actually care about people’s lives here.

  19. usg1 says:
    January 25, 2018 at 9:51 am
    While I do agree that us Eagles fans are a little more rowdy and over the top than most fanbases and sometimes we go too far…… I don’t think that any fanbase should go into the opposing teams city and disrespect their monuments and expect to not get it in return. While it may be dumb to some to look up to a fictional character as a hero, Philly holds that Rocky statue in high regard so to go there and dress it up in Vikings colors was dumb on their part. Don’t think that wasn’t running through Eagles fans minds that were at the game, and doing the SKOL chant on the Art Museum steps, which is another monument in Philly, again dumb. That is after all week of trash talking about how the Vikings will beat the Eagles easily, the Eagles will get shut out won’t score a TD, or won’t score more than 10 points, Nick Foles won’t throw for more than 100 yards, etc. All this stuff was fed to us through the media everywhere, telling us how Vikings fans didn’t take us seriously or are disrespecting our team.

    And the truth of the matter is, even though some of the stuff done to Vikings fans was crappy, they are overreacting because they are butthurt over losing. No Vikings fan even got beat up, and there is even a video showing how Eagles fans were shaking the hands of Vikings fans as they were leaving. They got heckled and some beer thrown at them, and that is it. They are just being sore losers, because they had their hopes so high, because they thought they already won and got smashed by the Eagles. None of this stuff was happening against the Falcons fans, because they didn’t come in disrespecting our team or city, and you didn’t hear anything after they left because they weren’t butthurt over losing. I mean, just look at the articles showing what Vikings fans are planning to do to Eagles fans who show up for the SB…. Classy, right? All it is proving is that they brought this all on themselves. They aren’t as innocent as you all are trying to portray.

    Right or wrong, if an opposing fan is gonna come into Philly, you better be humble because Philly fans ain’t gonna take your crap regardless if they win or lose. They will give it back to you 10 fold. I just want to say 1 more thing. Skolololol

    ***

    You’re juvenile.

  20. I’m going to go out on a limb and say if you take the 21-30 aged drunk punks out of the equation the issues at any stadium would be virtually nil.

  21. Well, everybody already knows that the Vikings have just about the most delusional and obnoxious fan base in the league and pretty much deserve everything they have coming.
    And they’re even more annoying with their butt hurt attitude after another epic and embarrassing playoff loss.

  22. I’ll remember how I was treated in Philly, and it wasn’t isolated to a couple low-lifes, but literally hundreds of fans. Virtually every fellow Viking fan I’ve talked to that was also there was treated the same way. Hell, I even had a fan throw beer on my phone while I was typing a PFT comment congratulating the Eagles on the win. The thing that got me is how proud Philly fans were of their behavior. Been to damn near every NFL stadium and never been treated worse — not even close.

    However, time to move on — at least when it comes to PFT comments. I’ll remember what happened, and if Philly plays the Vikes in MN (or I run into any Philly fans during SB week), will do my best to treat Philly fans the way we should have been treated last week, but geez that will be hard.

  23. uncommon1 says:

    January 25, 2018 at 9:29 am

    The Eagles not making the Top 5 for arrests doesn’t mean that fans aren’t breaking the law. It means one of two things:

    1) The Philly Police aren’t arresting people when they should

    or

    2) This type of behavior is so common in Philadelphia that people don’t view it as “Disorderly” or “Unruly” and it doesn’t lead to Police being notified.

    In one video you see 8 or 10 Philly fans throwing full beer cans at Vikings fans. That would be 8 or 10 arrests in almost any other City. Not in Philly though. The Philly Police actually COMMENDED the fans for their proper behavior. I don’t expect many Philly fans to agree with me or to really even understand what I’m talking about. You grew up in a place where this is common and don’t realize that this type of stuff is unacceptable in most other places. No one doubts or denies that these behaviors occur in other cities. The difference is that in those other Cities dozens of people are arrested for their behavior and the vast majority condemn them for it. In your case, you jump to the defense of Philly fans and try to act like it’s normal stadium behavior.

    —————–

    This is worded very well and demonstrates a thoughtful perspective of how we, as Vikings (and probably other teams) fans, viewed their behavior.

    If people really cared about their city, they would try to make sure fans from other teams have a good time (i.e. Packer Fans from Lambeau) so they would come back to visit another time to help boost their economy and support their city in other means besides just rooting for a football team.

    Just a thought… From my understanding Philly fans don’t care what others think anyway.

  24. Sad part is you cant take a kid to a game anymore. And it is a game, I love football as much anyone else. But, I refuse to bring my 10 year to a NFL game regardless of the stadium. There’s too much BS that goes on. Just because you’ve been drinking and/or drunk at the age of 21 and older doesn’t mean that you have to be an idiot. Have some respect, cheer for your team and respect those who are spending money no different than you are.

  25. usg1 says:
    January 25, 2018 at 9:51 am
    While I do agree that us Eagles fans are a little more rowdy and over the top than most fanbases and sometimes we go too far…… I don’t think that any fanbase should go into the opposing teams city and disrespect their monuments and expect to not get it in return. While it may be dumb to some to look up to a fictional character as a hero, Philly holds that Rocky statue in high regard so to go there and dress it up in Vikings colors was dumb on their part. Don’t think that wasn’t running through Eagles fans minds that were at the game, and doing the SKOL chant on the Art Museum steps, which is another monument in Philly, again dumb. That is after all week of trash talking about how the Vikings will beat the Eagles easily, the Eagles will get shut out won’t score a TD, or won’t score more than 10 points, Nick Foles won’t throw for more than 100 yards, etc. All this stuff was fed to us through the media everywhere, telling us how Vikings fans didn’t take us seriously or are disrespecting our team.

    And the truth of the matter is, even though some of the stuff done to Vikings fans was crappy, they are overreacting because they are butthurt over losing. No Vikings fan even got beat up, and there is even a video showing how Eagles fans were shaking the hands of Vikings fans as they were leaving. They got heckled and some beer thrown at them, and that is it. They are just being sore losers, because they had their hopes so high, because they thought they already won and got smashed by the Eagles. None of this stuff was happening against the Falcons fans, because they didn’t come in disrespecting our team or city, and you didn’t hear anything after they left because they weren’t butthurt over losing. I mean, just look at the articles showing what Vikings fans are planning to do to Eagles fans who show up for the SB…. Classy, right? All it is proving is that they brought this all on themselves. They aren’t as innocent as you all are trying to portray.

    Right or wrong, if an opposing fan is gonna come into Philly, you better be humble because Philly fans ain’t gonna take your crap regardless if they win or lose. They will give it back to you 10 fold. I just want to say 1 more thing. Skolololol
    *****************
    This comment right here, proves the point of many people. Folks in Philly seriously don’t get it. A few MN fans dressed up the Rocky Statute. Some other fans did the Skol chant on your city steps and some other fans were running their mouths on the internet. That is your justification for throwing full beer cans, spitting, screaming and threatening every person you see wearing Vikings gear? You’re absolutely delusional. When anybody else in this Country behaves this way, their actions are condemned by their Community. Instead the Philly Faithful are condoning and justifying the behavior.

  26. 13worldchampioinships says:

    January 25, 2018 at 9:38 am

    “A lot of Eagles fans sure have been apologetic over the last week. “We’re not all like that.” “That’s a small percentage of fans.” If that’s the case, the vast majority of fans that fill the stadium shouldn’t have a problem keeping the trashy ones accountable in the moment. Power in numbers. If you see an Eagles fan take off an opposing fans hat and throw it in the urinal, or spit on opposing teams fans, you should be able to say something and shut that down. Buuut instead you try to take accountability via posting on social media.”

    I have been to so many Eagles games in my life and I have never seen anyone get treated the way I did at Fed Ex field in Washington at a MNF game (Chip Kelly’s first game). I’m not going to generalize an entire fan base and cry about it like you idiots. My god, you Minnesota fans are literally the biggest babies in the entire universe. Aren’t you supposed to be tough Vikings?? SKOL!! Used to like you guys but now I could not be happier with your loss you moronic snowflakes.

  27. I was at the game. I flew in from MN. I’ve been to 20 different NFL stadiums. I’ve seen a small sample of bad people in most cities. It’s not a small group of people in Philly. Best case it’s a large minority but more likely a slight majority. My friends (about10 of us in purple) attended Xfinity Live before the game. At one point the announcer in the place encouraged the eagles fans to give us a warm welcome which normally means a lot of booing. We literally had hundreds of middle fingers pointed and were called anything under the sun (many people choose to use the F word that is a derogatory word for gay). If it ended there I wouldn’t be writing this. It was downright scary to use the urinal at this bar and at the stadium. The level of intimidation is unprecedented. We got shoulder checked and our walking path blocked multiple times and we avoided speaking or eye contact with everyone in hopes that we’d prevent ourselves from further abuse/assault (our group ranged from 35-57 years old and all of us have families & kidsat home). The vast majority of people that weren’t saying or doing these things just watch it happen, laugh at it or turn their shoulder. Nobody steps up as a leader to stop this crap. I hate the Patriots and love an underdog story (go eagles if my team loses since we both don’t have a Lombardi) but I have no choice to cheer for TB12. No penny of my money will ever be spent in Philly until the day I die.

  28. nanner12wojo says:

    January 25, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Sorry you had a bad time at the game but as someone who has been to way more games in the Linc than you have I can assure you that it’s really not that bad. Did you happen to also see the video of Vikings fans embracing and hugging Eagles fans after the game? That doesn’t get play because it doesn’t fit your stupid little drama. I can’t say what you say didn’t happen since I wasn’t at this particular game but I can assure you this type of crap happens in other stadiums. I got WAY worse than what you describe at Fed Ex field in Washington, but I’m not going to do the idiotic, juvenile thing to do and demonize an entire city. That’s just plain stupid. But by all means enjoy living with your hate. I would say I would never spend a penny in Minnesota but we’ll be at there in less than two weeks! After that, I’ll never have a reason to go back to Minnesota. Now by all means proceed with your hate! Done with you bitter Minnesota fans now.

  29. Throw full bottles and cans of beer at men, woman, children and elderly (sending many to the emergency room with broken bones, cracked skulls)… physically abuse and assault women, threaten women with rape if their team wins, tell 99 year old grandma to go blank herself, yeah, 7k ought to cover it. The Philly fans are the lowest form of human feces. Their media personalities encourage and enable it and the fans continually try to one up each other to see how far they can go. They actually think that by acting this way in a crowd where they outnumber the opponent 5000-1 it makes them “tough”. I had always heard how vile and disgusting they were but its way worse than advertised.

  30. The frost in Minnesota has frozen your brain cells. My god are you guys dumb that you can’t see the irony of how classless you are.

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