Forget world peace, ending hunger and sickness, or everlasting salvation. No, Eagles fans have a much more important request in store for the Pope: Save Sam Bradford’s knees.
Ahead of Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to Philly in September, football fans in the City of Brotherly Love have come together to create a petition to get the pope to bless the knees of Bradford, the often-injured quarterback acquired by Chip Kelly this offseason.
A former No.1 overall pick back in 2010, Bradford tore his ACL in two-consecutive years and hasn’t played a regular season game since 2013. The Eagles believe in his ability to stay on the field and produce results enough to have sent Nick Foles and a a couple of draft picks to the Rams in exchange for Bradford, but it appears Philadelphia’s faithful are quite so confident.
From the Change.org petition:
The Pope is coming to Philly! Our city! With this Eagles season coming up, a lot of our Super Bowl hopes rely on Sam Bradford’s knees staying healthy. So, with one of the most religious representatives in the world visiting our wonderful place we call home, how about we get him to bless Bradford’s knees during his visit to Philly! This town deserves a Super Bowl, and a healthy Bradford is the only way we will have a parade down Broad Street! Please sign this petition and Go Eagles and Welcome to Philly, Pope Francis!!!!
More than 2,500 Eagles fans have already endorsed the request, so Francis may need to schedule some time to visit with Bradford next month. If he doesn’t, he’ll undoubtedly see all of Philly turn against him if (when?) Philly’s season goes awry.