Ella on the scene: T-shirt Turnover and a new Eagle joins the nest

The Eagles enter Week 4 as the only undefeated team in the NFL. Former Eagles coach Doug Pederson, who led the team to its first Super Bowl victory, will be on the opposing sideline Sunday. I’ll take you inside the locker room and around the NovaCare Complex as the Eagles prepare for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

For the first time in team history, an Eagles player has received all-league honors in the first three weeks of the season.

Week 1: Zech McPhearson, NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Week 2: Darius Slay, NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Week 3: Brandon Graham, NFC Defensive Player of the Week

This was Graham’s first time receiving this honor. After 2.5 snaps on Sunday, the defensive end said the recognition makes him even hungrier.

The week ended with another major award for the Eagles, as Jalen Hurts was named NFC Offensive Player of the Month.

Coach Nick Sirianni took the podium at Friday morning’s news conference wearing a T-shirt with a photo of Avonte Maddox’s interception against Minnesota.

Introducing, “The Turnover T-shirt”.

Sirianni said shirts are made weekly with turnovers for defensive players. He joked that Slay wore only one shirt after the Vikings game when he should have had two.

Who will get a spot on next week’s Turnover shirt?

The Birds practiced at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday — a tradition Nick Sirianni enjoys before home games. 60 degrees with a wind chill as October rolled into Philly.

Wide receiver A.J. Brown was ruled out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday due to personal reasons. He returned to the training ground on Friday and later announced in his dressing room that he had become a father for the second time on September 29.

Brown already has a daughter (Jersee), and welcomed A.J. Brown Jr. Thursday evening He said that it has been a tiring 48 hours and he will be fully ready to face the Jaguars on Sunday.

#Eagles WR A.J. Brown is back in the locker room, announcing the birth of his son, who was born yesterday. He has a hospital bracelet on his wrist because he will be back there for a while. pic.twitter.com/dtbHMD5io7

Rookie tight end Grant Calcaterra saw action for the first time last Sunday against the Commanders. Making his NFL debut, he caught Jalen Hurts’ first reception for 40 yards.

He said he was just excited to help the team. “My coach told me before the game, ‘have fun’,” reflected Calcaterra. “So that’s what I tried to do: soak it all in, enjoy it.”

For the second home game, the Eagles Autism Foundation will continue the 50/50 raffle pins that began on September 19th. Eagles fans can receive a pin for every raffle ticket purchased with $25 or more. Each sales booth will have one of four pins at its station.

Can you explore the stadium and collect all four pins? A 1933 pin to celebrate the year the Eagles were founded, the Eagles Autism Foundation, Jason Kelce and Darius Slay pins will be unveiled this weekend. All proceeds from this initiative benefit the Eagles Autism Foundation and its mission to provide innovative research and care programs to the autism community.

Some of our favorite guys repping this week’s 50/50 raffle pins🤩

Receive an exclusive pin to purchase a $25 50/50 raffle ticket at this Sunday’s game. All proceeds benefit our Eagles autism community. pic.twitter.com/ZObJfKM05j

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th to honor the generations of Hispanic Americans who have made an impact on our society. The Hispanic Heritage game against the Jaguars will be played Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles Cheerleaders of the Class of 2022 are of diverse Hispanic descent and have detailed the impact their Hispanic roots have had on their life journeys.

The Eagles Cheerleaders will perform a special routine on Sunday that incorporates flavor, culture and tradition, dancing to a mix of Selena and Ricky Martin.

Many of the cheerleaders’ family members will be in attendance, including Gabriela’s parents, who grew up in a house in Puerto Rico.

“I’m really excited to represent my culture and my community on a big stage, and in a city that’s known for its diversity,” Gabriela said. “I’m really proud of who I am and really proud to be that representative.”

Weeks 4 and 5 will see over 200 players, coaches and managers participating in the International Helmet Decal Initiative. NFL fans are all over the world, making it a great opportunity for players and coaches to represent countries that are unique to them. Six Eagles players will take part in the initiative: Arryn Siposs, Jordan Mailata and Matt Leo (Australia); Britain Covey (Chile); Zach Pascal (Granada); and Marlon Tuipulotu (Tonga). More than 50 nations will be represented throughout the NFL.

For Britain Covey, this week he will fly the Chilean flag for a mission he did there in 2016-18.

“The whole goal is to think about everyone but yourself,” Covey reflected on his mission. “We spent a lot of time doing service, building houses, painting, or in the yard. Then we probably spent more time talking to people about their lives and about Jesus Christ.”

Covey returned to college and his football career following the mission in 2018. He said the experience matured him and allowed him to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures. He is also fluent in Spanish and said he has been helping quarterback Gardner Minshew, who is learning the language.

As for Sunday’s game, Covey said there are now a lot of fans in Chile.

“I have so many friends there who are watching American football, even though they don’t really understand the game,” Covey said. “And I’ll probably send my jersey to a couple, so I wanted to find a way to represent a country that I love and have spent some time in.”

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