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Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl parade provided catharsis Thursday for hundreds of thousands of Eagles fans, deliriously joyful after decades without a title and relishing the national spotlight on a team that few outside the city thought could win it all.
Fans clad in Eagles green jammed the streets from dawn near the stadium to an afternoon rally at the city’s famed ‘‘Rocky’’ steps, lining up 20 deep in spots to catch a glimpse of the champs. The Eagles rode in open-top double decker buses to the art museum that Sylvester Stallone made famous for a rally nearly 60 years in the making.
Center Jason Kelce gave voice to every frustrated Philly fan with a remarkable, impassioned and profane speech that had him defending the general manager, the coach and a litany of players who supposedly weren’t smart enough, big enough or talented enough to win a championship.
‘‘We were a bunch of underdogs,’’ shouted Kelce, channeling Rocky himself. ‘‘Bottom line is we wanted it more!’’
And so did football-crazed Philly — desperately.
Until Sunday’s 41-33 victory over the favored New England Patriots, the Eagles remained the only team in their division without a Super Bowl title — an ongoing humiliation that gave Philly an inferiority complex and made Eagles fans an easy target for fans of other teams, especially the rival Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants.
‘‘This Super Bowl championship is for you,’’ Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie told the vast crowd. ‘‘You are the most passionate and deserving sports fans on the planet. We couldn’t have done it without you.’’
Added Super Bowl MVP quarterback Nick Foles: ‘‘We finally did it. We’re Super Bowl champs!’’
The parade began at the Eagles’ stadium complex and slowly made its way up Broad Street past the cheering throngs. Carrying the Lombardi Trophy, coach Doug Pederson walked part of the route — allowing fans to touch the gleaming hardware — while Lurie held a sign saying ‘‘THANK YOU FANS’’ as he stood next to the team’s three quarterbacks: Foles, injured starter Carson Wentz and third-stringer Nate Sudfeld.
Dan Tarvin, 29, was pumped after getting to high-five Pederson and GM Howie Roseman, who was instrumental in putting together a squad expected to compete for championships for years to come.
‘‘They are more than heroes. They’re legends. They’re immortal in this city, forever,’’ Tarvin said.
A person with knowledge of the situation confirms to The Associated Press the Indianapolis Colts have sought permission to interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for their head-coaching vacancy.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because neither team has revealed this development, which was first reported by NFL.com.
The Colts have been forced to resume their coaching search after Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on an agreement to accept the job by choosing to stay in New England.
The 58-year-old Frazier completed his first season in Buffalo, and served as a mentor to first-year coach Sean McDermott.
Frazier has spent the past 19 seasons coaching at the NFL level, including a three-plus year stint as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings from 2010-13.
The Kansas City Chiefs cut veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis, a move that was long expected with his pricy tag next season and the franchise’s tight salary cap situation this offseason. Revis signed an incentive-laden, two-year contract in November, providing the Chiefs with some help down the stretch and in the playoffs. He started twice and made 10 tackles in five regular-season games. The Chiefs needed to free up salary cap space, and the release of Revis combined with the pending trade of quarterback Alex Smith to Washington will free up about $21.5 million . . . A judge ordered former Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson to pay about $600,000 after he defaulted on a loan from a suburban Minneapolis bank . . . The Kansas City Chiefs cut the former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis . . . The Pittsburgh Steelers hired Karl Dunbar as defensive line coach and Tom Bradley as defensive backs coach.
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