By 11 a.m. Monday, the front section of Dick’s Sporting Goods in Mays Landing was flooded with Eagles fans perusing racks of Eagles NFC championship T-shirts.
For fans who have waited 13 years since the last Eagles Super Bowl appearance, it was a chance to show off that being a Philly fan has paid off by collecting championship shirts from local retailers.
Nick Zimmerman had a T-shirt in his hand and was heading to the fitting room. Zimmerman, a Stockton University student and Egg Harbor Township resident, said he wants to go back to school wearing the shirt with pride.
“It feels good to finally have an Eagles championship again,” said Zimmerman, 19, who was a little kid the last time the team went to the Super Bowl in February 2005.
Zimmerman said Monday felt like the day after the Phillies won the World Series in 2008 when he and his dad went to Forman Mills to buy championship gear.
“It was amazing. I still have the shirts, even though they don’t even fit me anymore,” he said.
Sharon Creta, of Margate, and Danielle McDonald, of Egg Harbor Township, were looking at championship T-shirts Monday morning and said they would possibly be heading to Modells Sporting Goods in Berlin — the same store they went to when the Eagles won their division this season.
“We’ve waited a long time for this,” Creta said. Still, both women added that while they’re buying shirts for the men in their family, they said their husbands and sons are superstitious and would probably wear the same shirts for the Super Bowl they wore for Sunday night’s win over the Vikings.
McDonald said there are still reindeer on her front lawn since the Eagles have kept winning during the postseason.
Theresa McErlean was traveling to her shore home in Margate and wanted to stop at Dick’s Sporting Goods on Monday morning while crowds were thin. She and her family attended Sunday night’s win and wanted to add to their collection of shirts from previous division and conference championships.
“(You want to) show the support, and this is how you show it,” she said.
Carly Egrie, of Ventnor, said that once the team won, she had to buy her dad a new conference championship hat. He had been wearing his 2004-05 championship hat during Sunday night’s victory.
Egrie said she expected Dick’s to sell out of new merchandise after the win. She’s looking forward to purchasing more gear if a Super Bowl victory were to happen.
“I’ve been hoping for this since 2004,” she said.
Leslie Murphy was walking around the Forman Mills in Egg Harbor Township, picking out new Eagles gear. She said she’s going to make sure to grab some new conference championship apparel.
Her hopes are high for Super Bowl Sunday.
“I’m the Eagles’ No. 1 fan, and the Patriots are going down this time,” said Murphy, of Pleasantville.
By 11:30 a.m., employees at Dick’s were removing a rack that had sold out of shirts, and Nick Zimmerman made sure he had one. He, like Murphy, is optimistic about the second Super Bowl matchup against the Patriots.
“Rocky lost the first time, but in the second movie he won it,” Zimmerman said.