Marty Small finds joy entertaining friends, family in Eagles Country

{child_byline}VINCENT JACKSON

Staff Writer

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Marty Small finds joy entertaining friends, family in Eagles Country

{child_byline}VINCENT JACKSON

Staff Writer

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“My Happy Place” is a weekly series in which local notables take us on a tour of a favorite spot in their home.

ATLANTIC CITY — Marty Small Sr. turned into a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles football team while watching their games on television as a child.

Small has followed the team for the past 40 years, so his “Happy Place” in his home, where he has lived for 10 years, is a “manthedral” known as Eagles Country, where he watches their games weekly.

“It gives me joy entertaining friends and family in Eagles Country for various events, especially football Sunday when the Eagles are away. Then, it’s football from sun up to sun down with The Wolfpack. But, the best time is family time in Eagles Country playing the Playstation 4 with my children or watching a family movie,” said Small, the City Council president.

The front part of the room is all Eagles. The back half is dedicated to all the other Philadelphia teams — the Flyers, the 76ers and the Phillies — and Small’s college football team, Notre Dame.

“I have the City Council Resolution that we did for the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl. I have a picture from the White House with President Bush and other children from the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club from 2001,” Small said.

The items inside Small’s Eagles Country room include home theater chairs, a sports ticker, a Pac Man machine with 412 games, championship banners, a couch, three TVs, a Super Bowl ring, a Lombardi trophy and a jersey he bought youth football coach Demond Tally for his birthday that he wore to Small’s home to watch the Eagles win the Super Bowl, Small said.

After Tally was fatally shot earlier this year, Tally’s brother and daughter gave the jersey back to Small.

Small also has a picture in Eagles Country of when he played Philadelphia 76ers basketball Hall of Famer Dr. J one-on-one at the Trump Taj Mahal.

“I believe it was 1992 when they did a pay-per-view with him, and I believe Kareem Abdul-Jabaar. They contacted the high school to have us do some drills, so they could test the cameras out, so me being me, I threw the ball at Doc and said, ‘Lace em up ... You don’t want none of this,’” said Small, who added he and Dr. J. went at it.

Years later, Dr. J donated $1,000 to Small’s first re-election campaign in 2007.

MARTY SMALL’S ‘HAPPY PLACE’ IS EAGLES COUNTRY

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