YOU'D THINK wounded pride might be the only souvenir a Detroit Lions fan would have taken home from Sunday's loss to the Eagles.
Instead, Pawel Gorzelewski got blood in his urine and a helluva headache.
The Michigan native says he got jumped and beaten unconscious after he left Lincoln Financial Field by a pack of Eagles fans enraged by his Lions sweatshirt. After he came to, he tried to head home - but a turnstile cashier at a subway entrance laughed at him as passing Eagles fans threw trash and snowballs at him, said his fiancee, Julie DiLeo.
After reporting the attack to police Sunday night, Gorzelewski, 33, planned to visit doctors yesterday for tests, DiLeo said.
"I grew up a block and a half from the stadium, so I'm more than aware of the passion people have for football and the Eagles," said DiLeo, 32, who lives with Gorzelewski near the Italian Market. "But people lose sight of what they're there for: It's a game. If violence is what it brings out in [fans], I don't want to be associated with it. It's disgusting."
Capt. Laurence Nodiff of South Detectives confirmed that Gorzelewski reported the attack, which allegedly happened at 11th Street and Pattison Avenue.
"He did not receive medical treatment [Sunday], and he refused to come to South Detectives to be interviewed," Nodiff said, later adding that two detectives interviewed Gorzelewski yesterday at his home.
Nodiff also said detectives were scouring Pattison Avenue to retrieve any surveillance video to help them identify the alleged attackers.
Gorzelewski didn't return calls yesterday from the Daily News.
DiLeo said the saga started about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, with Gorzelewski's decision to walk to the Broad Street Line's Oregon Avenue station to catch a subway home, hoping that trekking to a farther stop would help him avoid run-ins with Eagles fans.
On the way, though, about six Eagles fans threw snowballs and bottles at him, DiLeo said. That escalated into a fistfight between Gorzelewski and an Eagles fan that ended when one of the men allegedly clocked Gorzelewski in the back of the head, knocking him unconscious.
Gorzelewski believes that his attackers then kicked him while he was unconscious, considering the painful bruises on his torso and the bloody urine he later experienced, DiLeo said.
When he regained consciousness, a concerned Eagles fan stood over him and escorted him to a nearby police officer. But DiLeo said the cop was unsympathetic when Gorzelewski told him he'd been attacked, barking: "Well, you're walking now, so I suggest you keep walking."
At the Oregon Avenue station, DiLeo said, a SEPTA cashier gave Gorzelewski guff, laughing at his Lions gear, while Eagles fans passing by harassed him, too.
SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said that SEPTA disputes the account and that Gorzelewski had not returned SEPTA's calls.
Williams said supervisors interviewed the cashier on duty Sunday and reviewed three hours of surveillance video from that station. The cashier denied hassling any passengers, and the video shows no interactions like what DiLeo described, she said.
Nodiff added that Gorzelewski didn't mention mistreatment by SEPTA or police.
Meanwhile, DiLeo said she ferried her fiance to medical appointments yesterday.
"His lower back is in excruciating pain, his hand is really swollen and sore, and he was urinating blood, so they probably kicked him in the kidneys," she said, adding that doctors planned to do a CT scan on his head, X-ray his hand and do other tests.
The hand injury is especially concerning, DiLeo said, because Gorzelewski styles hair at the Architeqt Salon and Gallery, which he co-owns, in Washington Square West.