Kevin Hart, Michael Irvin and other celebs pulling for Eagles in Super Bowl LII

In a 13-year grudge match between New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, some believe Eagles could win their first Super Bowl.

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Kevin Hart and Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s “First Take” special set-up in Mall of America’s Hard Rock cafe in Bloomington, Minnesota February 2, 2018 (photo: Gino Terrell).

Of course Kevin Hart, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, showed his support for Eagles on ESPN’s “First Take” live recording in Bloomington, Minnesota, Friday. After apologizing on behalf of fans who threw bottles at Minnesota Vikings fans in the NFC Championship game, Hart said that he believes in Nick Foles to help Eagles win their first ever Super Bowl. During the red carpet of “Leather & Laces” event in Minneapolis two make a case in a one-on-one interview Eagles can in fact win.

Olivia Caridi, CBS Radio host, on the red carpet at “Leather & Laces” February 2, 2018 in Minneapolis (photo: Gino Terrell).

CBS Radio host of “Mouthing Off” Olivia Caridi is pulling for her former high school quarterback at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. She was a freshmen during Foles senior year when he led the team to a state championship game in 2006.

“I drove to San Antonio to watch him play in the state championship,” Caridi said. “We lost but he had the most amazing game and I’ve always thought he was so cool, high school hero. Now [I’m going to be] watching him play in the Super Bowl, its just really cool to go full circle.”

When it comes to Philadelphia as a team an Eagle rival and three-time NFL Super Bowl champion Michael Irvin, the Hall of Famer himself backs Eagles in this one.

“Oh they have it in their DNA because the DNA that they have is connectivity,” Irvin said. “You hear them talk about they’re underdogs and no one believes in them. If they ride that connectivity they can get it done.”

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Hall of Famer and three-time NFL champion with the Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin on the red carpet at “Leather & Laces” February 2, 2018 in Minneapolis (photo: Gino Terrell).

Drawing from his playing days he sees a slight similarity with the Cowboys, before they won their first Super Bowl, and this year’s Eagles team going against five-time champion head coach and quarterback Brian Belichick and Tom Brady.

“I see our early years when we got our first Super Bowl and I remember playing Buffalo and we were the young team,” Irvin said.

Bills were making their third Super Bowl appearance against the Cowboys before Irvin won his first ring similar to Patriots making their third appearance in four years against a young Eagles team. While Irvin’s team came out on top he believes Eagles can do the same with some added motivation.

“Eagles are trying to win a Super Bowl for their city while the Pats are trying to win another one for their city and the Pats somehow have to match that early hunger of those Eagles,” Irvin said.

Super Bowl LII kicks off 6:30pm EST.

By Gino Terrell


Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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