- By Dan Becker
Eagles – The Force
If history is any indication, the Philadelphia Eagles‘ latest Super Bowl will take fans, however briefly, to a galaxy far, far away.
The Eagles’ appearances have had a strange connection to The Force, dating back to Star Wars’ earliest days.
The best-known tie involves the latest series of trilogies. Star Wars Episode VII “the Force Awakens” premiered seven years ago and has been linked to the Eagles on a few occasions.
First, the full-length trailer for the film premiered on October 19, 2015 during halftime of the Eagles Monday Night Football game versus the New York Giants.
Nearly 16 million viewers tuned into watch the trailer for the Force Awakens. The Eagles beat the Giants 27-7 during the game as well.
Another link was by design.
Sound designer, David Accord, a sound designer for the Force Awakens was able to add a few players names into the film. Acord voiced Teedo, a reptile-like scavenger, and had to create a language for it. He used parts of the Thai language and was able to use some players names in the finished project.
However, it’s also interesting that the team’s previous appearances also coincide wth years Star Wars movies were released. In 2005, the Donovan McNabb-led team fell short in a Super Bowl bid just months before Revenge of the Sith debuted.
And, a long time ago … back in 1980, the Eagles lined up against Jim Plunkett and the Oakland Raiders in a memorable Super Bowl XV matchup.
The team fell to the Dark Side — well, the Black Hole — 27 to 10.
Of course, no Star Wars films are set to debut in 2023 but two anticipated series, The Mandolorian and Ashoka both are slated to debut on Disney+ in the early part of the year.
The Eagles hope the force will be with them on Sunday February 12th as the play the Kansas City Chiefs for the Super Bowl title.