This is and always will be the biggest misconception about the Philadelphia Eagles. This is something that has always driven Eagles fans nuts.
Probably because it's not true.
Philadelphia fans sport their teams in good times and bad. Watch a Phillies home game sometime; they have the worst record since June 1st but continue to fill out Citizens Bank Park.
Eagles fans have been getting a bad rap since the 1968 season—better known as the year they booed Santa.
There is a story behind all of this that upholds the Eagles fans good name.
The team lost its first 11 games and was poised to get the first pick of the 1969 NFL Draft, where O.J. Simpson was the future first pick. The Eagles would go on to win the next two meaningless games, thus losing out on Simpson in the upcoming draft.
The Eagles had one final game left in the miserable 1968 season against the Minnesota Vikings. It was a home game and there was a Christmas pageant.
The field was too sloppy for the pageant, and instead, the team asked a fan to dress up as Santa. The fan was booed and hit with several snowballs.
However, in the fans' defense, much of it was being aimed at head coach Joe Kuharich.
Eagles fans were upset over a horrendous season that failed to earn them the first overall pick and future Hall of Famer, O.J. Simpson. You can't blame them for being angry.
Eagles fans shouldn't be known for their booing. They should be known for being the most loyal fans in all of football.
Their season ticket waiting list says it all.
Currently the Eagles have about 60,000 fans on the waiting list but only lose about 15 season ticket holders a year. At that rate, it would take you 4,000 years before you could even buy season tickets, if you signed up for the waiting list today.
The only NFL franchise that comes close to that length is the Green Bay Packers, but their waiting list is only about 500 years.
Eagles fans have always been know for booing, but it's their consistently loyalty that deserves to be recognized.