Jenkintown native Adam F. Goldberg has been waiting his entire life for an Eagles Super Bowl victory, and now he'll pay tribute to the Birds' victory with a special episode of his ABC sitcom, The Goldbergs.
The episode, titled "Hail Barry," will feature appearances from longtime Eagles announcer Merrill Reese, revered wide receiver Mike Quick, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman, and team president Don Smolenski. Roseman and Smolenski filmed their appearances in December, when the Eagles headed west to face off against the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams.
The episode revolves around older brother Barry finally making the William Penn Academy High School football team, the Quakers, even though he is terrible. Quick, who was with the Eagles from 1982 to 1990, plays an assistant coach who recognizes Barry's inability, and tells him to "get off the damn field."
With Barry not playing, the Quakers eventually win against their rivals. In the episode, Reese announces the game, saying "In all my three weeks of announcing high school football, I have never seen anything like this."
Roseman and Smolenski, meanwhile, give out a trophy following a game of touch football between the real-life Barry's friends, also known as the "Jenkintown Posse," and their characters on the show. Quick and Reese also make appearances in that scene.
The episode ends with an "E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles" chant from the cast, and a dedication to "Eagles fans everywhere" as "We Are the Champions" by Queen plays the show out. In a release, Goldberg said he hopes the episode is a fitting tribute.
"Watching Eagles games with my dad whether at the Vet or in our house was a big part of my childhood," he said. "Like Eagles fans everywhere, we waited a long time to see them win the Super Bowl. This episode is my way of celebrating with my father who is no longer with us, and uniting Eagles fans everywhere."
Philly sports, of course, are a constant in The Goldbergs. Last month, the show featured an appearance from former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., who played his own late father in the episode.