Have you ever wanted to do something that you never thought you would get to do?

Have you ever wanted to do something that you never thought you would get to do?

Up until Sunday I never thought I would get to see the Philadelphia Eagles, but there I was taking in the last open practice of training camp this season.

It. Was. Awesome.

There were two prior open practices that took place at the Eagles’ home turf, Lincoln Financial Field.

On Sunday we were at Franklin Field, the former home of the Eagles. It gave us a unique experience and a different kind of atmosphere with a historic feel.

It was a sold out crowd, with over 28,000 fans attending. There was green everywhere, with fans wearing a jersey or an Eagles T-shirt. Everyone was there to support the team and have a great time.

The Eagles’ cheerleaders were doing some dances for the crowd prior to the start of practice. After the team came out onto the field, they gathered by an entryway onto the field to welcome back around 30 alumni, including Vince Papale, Jeremiah Trotter, Ike Reese and Duce Staley.

I also can’t forget that their mascot, Swoop, was there. I got to meet him and a few of the cheerleaders when I was in college and I also got to meet Papale previously, so it was awesome to see them again.

Swoop was great at revving up the crowd with the E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES chant and it was really cool hearing the entire stadium singing the fight song together. That was a great sound.

Watching my team practice was really a one of a kind experience.

They were going through drills and teaching sessions as well as 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 mini-scrimmages, giving fans a taste of what the team works on in preparation for the season ahead.

I felt like I was at a game and it was a blast. Sporting my #9 Nick Foles jersey, I was with my sister, brother-in-law and two more friends, sharing the love of the same team.

I can’t describe just how great it really was being at training camp. Even though I (sadly) didn’t get to meet any of my favorite players (especially Foles), it was so incredible just being there. Obviously they work their butts off, but actually seeing them doing just that was amazing.

I’ve been pumped for football season for awhile, but attending training camp made it a true reality that the season is almost officially here.

I’m looking forward to attending more training camps (and being successful at meeting a few players). The next step is seeing one of their games.

Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com.