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Lurie’s Eagles fly high at Super Bowl

Jeff Lurie declared that he had fulfilled a life-time ambition after leading the Philadelphia Eagles to victory at the Super Bowl.

    Jeff Lurie (centre) proudly holds aloft the Lombardi Trophy after the Eagles won Super Bowl L11. (Photo: Getty Images)
    Jeff Lurie (centre) proudly holds aloft the Lombardi Trophy after the Eagles won Super Bowl L11. (Photo: Getty Images)

    The Eagles owner was dancing for joy after watching his team beat New England Patriots 41-33 at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday. Lurie bought the Eagles for $195 million in 1994 after failing in his attempt to purchase the Patriots, his boyhood team, who are owned by Robert Kraft, who is also Jewish.

    “I remember when I made the investment; I think the Wall Street Journal said this was the dumbest investment of the year,” remarked Lurie. “It was an emotional investment, it had no basis in reality. And the crazy thing is, I thought they were right.”

    But he struggled to hold back tears of joy as he proudly clutched on to the Lombardi Trophy following an epic 41-33 victory.

    Boston-born Lurie lives with wife, Tina, at a $14 million estate in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He serves on a number of NFL bodies ‑— advising on financial, broadcasting, international affairs and the Super Bowl Advisory Committee.

    Lurie’s passion for American Football came from his father, who passed away when he was nine-years-old.

    “I learned to love the sport through his eyes on a black-and-white television,” he recalled. “Winning the Super Bowl is what I have been thinking about every single day of the year.

    “I’m so happy the team have brought so much happiness to the people of Philadelphia. Today, the wait ended.”

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