By Shannon Frost Greenstein
If you’re anything like me, you’re sick and tired of the bad rap Philly gets. There’s a stigma about being a Philly fan; a few incidents have sullied the nation’s perception of our fair city and its residents, particularly when it comes to sports, particularly when it comes to our behavior after sporting events.
I’m sure we’ve all seen the videos and stories about Eagles fans after the team’s Super Bowl victory…the Ritz Carlton awning collapsed, a car was flipped, people climbing lampposts despite the grease and maybe a few things lit on fire a little. All in all, though, it was not a big deal, and there was not a lot of damage; the riot at University of Massachusetts after the Patriots lost was worse than our little celebration.
However, in the midst of all the Philly prejudice, comes the good stories, the stories of the true Eagles fans, the stories of selflessness, of compassion, of random acts of kindness. And this one is pretty special.
Janelle Shanfelder and Jamie DelVishio are security personnel at Lincoln Financial Field for the Eagles. They were in Minneapolis, obviously, enjoying the Eagles Win, and just en route back to Philly when they encountered some serious car trouble. They pulled over at a rest stop in Ohio…in sub-zero temperatures…without any idea how to get home.
LUCKILY, who do you think they ran into but the Eaglemobile II crew? The men were bringing home an Eagles vehicle, and just happened to be at the same rest stop. Can you just imagine Janelle and Jamie’s relief when they saw the familiar logo so far from home?
The Eaglemobile II crew selflessly took their vehicle off the trailer, and towed Janelle and Jamie’s car ALL THE WAY BACK TO PHILADELPHIA. These nights in shining armor literally saved the day for these ladies, in the dark, in the cold, in a foreign land with no way home. And they did it because they’re Eagles fans, and kind gentlemen. They did it because they’re Philadelphians.
THIS is the kind of story that needs to be going viral, not the one about the fan who ate horse manure. Because I can name countless other members of this city who would go out of their way to help a fellow fan in need, and I think that is more indicative of the nature of Philadelphia than any other horror story about an individual who may have had a few too many beers.
Thank you, Eaglemobile II crew, for coming to the aid of two women who devote themselves to the safety of ALL Eagles fans, and thank you for showing the world that, as a city, we are nothing like the unfair reputation we’ve earned.
Eagles fans…go out and help your fellow man today, just like these individuals did, because random acts of kindness have ripples. And we could ALL use some kindness in our lives! GO BIRDS!