Don't tell Eagles owner Jefrrey Lurie Philadelphia fans are the worst. He thinks New York's fanbase is just as wild.
Eagles fans have been notorious for violent acts to opposing fans over the years, and the narrative played out at Lincoln Financial Field last weekend when the Vikings came to town for the NFC Championship Game. Fans daunting green and white were seen throwing beer cans at people wearing Vikings apparel, and one fan was arrested for reportedly striking a police officer and the horse on which he was riding.
But Lurie is confident in saying his team's fans are just like any other passionate fan base.
"I would say 99.9 percent of the fan base is incredibly conscious of the fans around them," he told NJ.com at Super Bowl Opening Night. "And like any passionate fan base, you're going to have some people that are acting in a way where it doesn't make you proud. That happens."
Along with New York, Lurie adds Boston fans as being the same as Philly fans, having grown up in Boston.
"I would say that Boston, New York and Philly have very similar incredibly passionate fan bases," Lurie said. "I've seen a lot of scenes growing up in Boston and I've seen a lot of scenes in New York and I've seen a lot of scenes in Philly. These are great sports fan bases. Really, really great."
Now, Eagles fans are being subject to hate in Minnesota, as locals have been treating them poorly since arriving for the Super Bowl. Lurie doesn't believe the fan base is at fault, but rather the media has created a perception that his team's fans are reckless.
"That may be more of a media creation than anything else," Lurie said.