What a gas: Eagles superfan gets pumped up for big win
EVESHAM - Customers who pulled into the Valero gas station Monday were greeted by an Eagles-attired fan who was pumped up about Sunday night's big game as he filled their tanks.
The weather and other typical topics of customer chitchat took a back seat to the conversation of the day — Philadelphia's victory in the NFC title game Sunday and the Eagles' upcoming Super Bowl appearance Feb. 4 against the New England Patriots.
Station attendant Dorsett Cook of Marlton was outfitted in a green Eagles jersey with cornerback Jalen Mills' No. 31 emblazoned on the front. He also donned Eagles footwear with the wing logo almost worn off on one shoe. And on his wrist, he had a duplicate of the bracelet Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz wore in memory of a boy who died from cancer.
"My wardrobe is pretty much everything Eagles and 76ers and my bedroom is pretty much a shrine to the Eagles, with green hanging lights and team blankets and pictures hanging on the wall," said Cook, 20, who watched with friends at home as the Eagles trounced the Minnesota Vikings in a 38-7 rout Sunday night.
"I've been an Eagles fan all my life and it's been a wild ride this year. It's amazing they won last night and 10 times better that they are going to the Super Bowl. Now I don't have to say, 'Well, we'll get there next year.'"
Cook even spent much of Christmas Day with a group of friends at Lincoln Financial Field to watch the Eagles play.
One customer at the Route 70 gas station, Brooklyn-born New York Giants fan Rick Weiner of Cherry Hill, razzed the attendants over the rowdiness of Eagles fans at games, contrasting them with so-called more sophisticated Giants fans. But then he hinted he is with the Eagles in the Super Bowl.
"If they beat (Patriots quarterback Tom) Brady, good for them," Weiner said.
While Cook would love to see the Eagles win, his prediction for is less optimistic: "I'd say the odds are 50-50."
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