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Philadelphia Eagles' Jalen Mills celebrates on the field after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles' version of Lent will start on Friday.

The players, coaches, team personnel and others received their Super Bowl rings in a private ceremony Thursday evening at an undisclosed location.

After that, coach Doug Pederson is hoping they will head into their summer break focused on preparing for training camp and the upcoming season.

"The message to the whole team was about sacrifice," Pederson said Thursday at the NovaCare Complex. "What are you willing to give up between now and camp to prove that we can make another run?

"Nothing is ever handed to us. We have to go earn it. We faced adversity (last season). The team was very resilient last year, but what are you willing to give up individually between now and camp to help this football team get back to that championship game again?"

Before they look ahead to this season, however, they were honored one more time for last season, when they delivered the franchise's first championship since 1960 with a 41-33 victory over New England in Super Bowl LII.

The players participated in a brief practice Thursday at the NovaCare Complex but were evidently more excited about their ring ceremony later in the day.

"Give me my Super Bowl ring!" cornerback Jalen Mills shouted at the start of practice.

Several former players are scheduled to attend, according to various Twitter reports. The list includes defensive tackle Beau Allen (Tampa Bay), running back LeGarrett Blount (Detroit), tight end Trey Burton (Chicago), defensive end Vinny Curry (Tampa Bay) and defensive back Dexter McDougle (Jacksonville).

New Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich, the former Eagles' offensive coordinator, is also making the trip, according to the Indianapolis Star.

The players were not given a preview of the ring, which was designed by Eagles' officials in conjunction with Jostens, a New York City jewelry designer.

The first time they saw them was when they were presented Thursday night.

"I don't know what the ring looks like," Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham said after practice Thursday. "I hope it's big and it's iced out."

Players were permitted to bring one guest to the ceremony.

Running back Corey Clement, who grew up in nearby Glassboro, planned to take his mother, Latanya, as a way to celebrate an outstanding rookie season. After signing with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent, Clement rushed for 321 yards and a team-high four touchdowns during the regular season and caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles in Super Bowl LII.

After the ceremony, Clement said he was going to take the ring to show his father, Steve, then stow it a safe place.

"I'm sure he'll want to try it on," Clement said with a laugh Thursday. "You know how father's are."

Several other players planned to show their rings off to loved ones.

Bradham said he was going to take his to his annual youth football camp in Crawfordville, Florida, on June 30, along with a replica of the Lombardi Trophy.

Safety Rodney McLeod said he was going to take his ring back home to Hyattsville, Maryland, before putting it away in a safe place.

"I don't know what it looks like, but one thing I know is it will shine bright," McLeod said. "I can't wait to show my family and friends because they were as much a part of this for as the team because of everything they've done for me to help me get to this point."

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