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Summary

Following a season with incredible highs and heartbreaking lows, the Philadelphia Eagles went on to do what fans had all but written off as impossible: For the first time in the franchise's history, Philly won a Super Bowl.

Philadelphia Inquirer Eagles beat reporter Zach Berman takes fans on a journey through the action-packed season - from the preseason and midseason player pickups that shaped a championship team to the gut-wrenching injury of star quarterback Carson Wentz through to the bold play calling and nail-biting moments in Super Bowl LII, in which the Eagles bested the favored-to-win New England Patriots.

An audiobook unique in its scope and insight thanks to Berman's on-the-ground reporting, Underdogs will detail the unlikely story that captured national attention; explain how the team resonated among a desperate fan base that waited 57 years for a championship; and even delve into the players' social activism during a particularly political NFL season.

With a foreword by beloved Philadelphia radio announcer Merrill Reese and an eight-page full-color photo insert, it's the perfect keepsake item for anyone who bleeds green.

During his six years covering the Birds, Berman has developed relationships with some of the most notable characters who led the team to Super Bowl victory. In Underdogs, he'll explain why Nick Foles contemplated retirement on his way to winning Super Bowl MVP. He'll detail Howie Roseman's journey to NFL executive of the year after being cast aside by former coach Chip Kelly. He'll show Malcolm Jenkins' journey to team captain, how Chris Long's life changed in a Tanzania hotel bar, why Eagles kicker Jake Elliott didn't consider football until he was chosen at random at a high school pep rally, and where Carson Wentz ate dinner the night before he left for the NFL Draft. These more obscure stories offer incredible context and depth to an already fascinating story of success against the odds.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Zach Berman (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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  • Josh
  • 21-07-22

Greatest story in Philly Sports History

Only way the audio version would be better is if ZBerm read it to me. #BWF

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  • James
  • 05-09-19

A solid but unremarkable retelling

This was “just ok” for me. The author intersperses the game by game journey to the Super Bowl for the 2017 Eagles along with mini-profiles of various individuals. The book while a solid re-telling of the story, doesn’t offer a ton of things we don’t already know if you’re a big Eagles fan. This largely isn’t the fault of the author as so much as already been written and said about this team as I review in this the fall of 2019. The highlight for me were a few things I don’t know about some individuals the various “bio interludes”. Another highlight was some of the story pre-2017 that set the table for the season. That left me wanting more. Lastly, the narrator tries WAY too hard to show enthusiasm at various points. That didn’t work for me at all and was painful at times.