Reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles report to training camp

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Reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles report to training camp. Gray Hall reports during Action News at 5pm on July 25, 2018.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- For the first time ever, the reigning Super Bowl champions are reporting to training camp in Philadelphia!

The NovaCare complex was buzzing with activity on Wednesday morning as Eagles players arrived.

Practice hasn't officially started, but Eagles fans are quick to tell you they "bleed green" all year 'round.

Stephen Reeves couldn't resist stopping by to try and get a glimpse of the players.

"I got to see Darren Sproles running through there, he is looking good and Carson Wentz running without the brace on it looks like. I am excited and I would love them to do well this year, even if they don't make it all the way back. I don't want to see a flop so people can talk about us. I just want us to have a good season," he said.

He's in town from Orlando, Florida but is originally from the area and is a diehard Eagles fan. Like many others, he's still flying high from last season's Super Bowl victory.

"It was unbelievable, unbelievable. I can't believe they won the Super Bowl," he said. "I cried like a baby. My wife witnessed it all, but it was amazing."

Richard Thompson of Middletown, Delaware was also outside the Novacare complex hoping to get a glimpse of any of the players and get his Eagles gear signed.

"I'd try to get Nick to sign it, that would be the best, but any of the guys that played on the team would be wonderful," he said. "I just keep trying and get as many as I can."

The first team practice is set for Thursday and the fans can hardly wait.

Last year the team defied the odds and came home with the Vince Lombardi trophy and the long-awaited title of Super Bowl Champions.

The city is still on fire and rejoicing in the victory.

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"It meant more than the world, you hear people say 'I can die in peace now,'" Thompson said. "I got that feeling! I mean, I was just brought to tears."

Yes, many are already talking about a repeat and are confident the Eagles will bring home another Super Bowl victory.

Regardless of what happens, they are already cheering on the Birds and anxious for the team to hit the field. Until then, they still revel in the fact that the Eagles are the champs.

"It has brought a lot of life to the city. Everyone is talking about it, even outside of the city. I was at the airport, I had Eagles stuff on my backpack, and everyone was all excited and like, "Go Eagles!'" said Tara Zakullec of South Philadelphia. "So I think it is a big thing for the city and I am really excited."


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