Unofficially, the Eagles have a dress code for training camp. No, not the players. For fans.
It seems it’s forbidden to wear the current jersey of the former franchise quarterback who was traded to a division rival during the offseason to practice.
According to Tim McManus of Philadelphia Sports Daily, a fan wearing a Redskins No. 5 jersey at practice Wednesday was asked to remove it. According to the fan, the security guard told him that Eagles coach Andy Reid “took notice.”
The fan, 43-year-old Jim Devlin, was not kicked out of practice. He said he believes McNabb was treated unfairly by people in Philadelphia.
“I’m a type of guy that likes to stir the pot a little bit,” said Devlin.
There are a few obvious conclusions here, including the fact Devlin likely also has a No. 5 Eagles jersey in his closet, which he chose not to wear. I’m sure Eagles fans are fine with this, and it could well be that Devlin is “that guy” you don’t want to sit next to at the game, or be anywhere close to at the watering hole when you watch your team. Hopefully he bought his new McNabb jersey on NFL.com/Shop.
UPDATE: According to The Associated Press, an Eagles team spokesman has denied the request to remove the jersey came from Reid, who was not aware of Devlin’s presence and that the guards were acting to calm the commotion created when reporters crowded around the fan while practice was in session.