Eagles awarded prestigious Wanamaker Athletic Award

Mike DeNardo
June 11, 2018 - 3:51 pm
The coveted Wanamaker Award is presented to the athlete or team that has done the most to bring credit to Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The world champion Eagles now have some more hardware for their trophy case, accepting Philadelphia's prestigious John Wanamaker Athletic Award.  

The crowd at the Crystal Tea Room cheered as Eagles head coach Doug Pederson entered carrying the Lombardi Trophy before accepting the coveted Wanamaker Award, which is presented to the athlete or team that has done the most to bring credit to Philadelphia.

"I thank our fans and the people and the city of Philadelphia and the surrounding communities for coming out to the Linc — good and bad — and supporting us," he said. "And again, this award is an honor not only to myself but to the entire organization."

It's the first time in the award's 57-year history that the Eagles have won a Wanamaker. Before the ceremony, team President Don Smolenski did not directly address questions on the controversy surrounding the cancelled White House visit.

"I think we got through the week and we're now moved into the mandatory mini camp this week," he noted. "The guys were focused on Thursday and then taking a little bit of a break and coming back at the end of July."

Smolenski did say the Wanamaker award represented another special moment in Eagles history.