The Jesus Team Of Destiny — Philadelphia E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!

For me personally, I see blind religious faith as a powerful sign of a lack of intellectual maturity. I am, however, just smart enough to know that faith can move mountains, if only because faith can blind one to the existence of impossible obstacles needed to be overcome. And this team due to injuries had a huge mountain to climb on the road to final victory.

On the battlefield or in the violent world of NFL football, one is not looking for a team full of intellectual giants; one is looking for a team of men mentally insulated from the fear of injury and defeat, in a word — faith. This year’s Eagles team was that awesome team of faith, imbued with gobs of that not so secret sauce that propelled it, against all odds, to a Super Bowl victory.

It is not particularly unusual to hear individual NFL players profess their love of God, but it is amazing to hear from the head coach (Doug Pederson) on down though both the starting QB (Carson Wentz) and his marvelous Super Bowl winning backup, “St. Nick” Foles, profess their devotion to their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Indeed, how could “God’s team” not have won the Super Bowl? Praise be to God, Philly Town.

Now I have had to hear all year long from everyone, including Eagles fans, how no one ever expected that the team was going to be so successful — well I did. Indeed, I said they were going to win the Super Bowl this year around the beginning of the season. Never said that before. Then two weeks ago I predicted the Eagles would beat the Patriots 34–17. Well it got a lot wilder and a lot less easy than that — 41–33 — with victory hanging by a thread nearly to the end.

It was not just because I have been an Eagles fan since 1948 that I saw the Birds finally winning the big one. And, no, it was not merely because of partisan enthusiasm that I was caused to be such an optimist, but rather what I actually suspected was true of this year’s team.

It was clear to me that from the front office to the entire coaching staff and players the organization was of a single mindset as well as being super talented all around. They had a coach that at least I found inspiring, an up and coming franchise QB, probably the best backup QB in the NFL and the virtual GM (the often wrongly maligned Howie Roseman) was filling what holes the team had at a fearsome rate.

So, yes, I’m not bashful to say I saw the possibility early on of an Eagles Super Bowl victory. Fly Eagles fly.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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