While this Eagles season merrily rolls along at 6-0, including victories over Carson Wentz and the Cowboys, even the team mascot is getting plenty of love.
Swoop and Air Swoop are ranked fifth in the NFL for the number of positive Twitter posts at 46.3 percent over the last 12 months, according to PennStakes.com.
Swoop and his inflatable likeness Air Swoop have received only 2.7 percent of Twitter posts that are deemed negative.
Swoop was founded on Aug. 23, 1996, at an Eagles-Steelers preseason game. He is the second-oldest mascot in Philly behind the Phanatic, who debuted on April 25, 1978.
Swoop, according to the Eagles’ website, was hatched in Eagles forest, Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem. His current residence is “South Philly, in the Eagles Nest high atop Lincoln Financial Field.”
On the team’s website, Swoop’s bio includes this:
- Diet: Smaller birds such as Cardinals, Falcons, Ravens and Seahawks; and of course cheesesteaks and soft pretzels
Just to show we don’t live in a perfect world, the Cowboys’ Rowdy had the most positive Twitter posts at 58.9 percent. Rowdy, also founded in 1996, received 5.9 negative posts. Rowdy reportedly is one of the highest-paid NFL mascots bringing in $65,000 a year.
Ranking second in positive Twitter posts is Freddie Falcon, of Atlanta, with 52.6 positive tweets and 4.5 negative.
Placing third are Gumbo and Sir Saint, New Orleans’ two mascots with a 50.8 positive rating and 6.0 negative.
In fourth is Sir Purr, of Carolina, who has a 49.1 positive rating and 15.9 rating.
The Jaguars’ mascot, Jaxson de Ville, is in 27th and last place with just 18.8 percent of positive tweets. Jaxson de Villa considers himself “Self-Proclaimed Greatest Mascot to Ever Breathe Air”.
Five teams do not have mascots: the Jets, Chargers, Packers, Giants and Commanders.
WARD TO PRACTICE SQUAD
The Eagles signed wide receiver Greg Ward to the practice squad Monday. Ward was released days before the season opener with an injury settlement. He had an injured toe.
Ward originally signed with the Eagles in 2017 as an undrafted free agent. He has 88 catches for 768 yards and 10 touchdowns in 40 games.