Spring 2021 Magazine

Philadelphia Eagles file claim to trademark 'Philly Special'

The Philadelphia Eagles’ run to the Super Bowl was highlighted by one of the gutsiest calls in Super Bowl history and will forever be known as the “Philly Special.” Now, they would like to own the rights to use that phrase. The team filed to trademark the phrase last week, according to ESPN.

By now, you’ve seen the play: On fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 34 seconds left in the first half, running back Corey Clement took a direct snap, pitched to tight end Trey Burton, who threw to quarterback Nick Foles for a touchdown. The Eagles called the play “Philly Special,” and it was actually Foles who suggested the trick play, which the team practiced and put in the playbook only for the postseason.

According to ESPN, the Eagles aren’t the first to attempt to trademark the phrase. While others would like the rights so they can use it, the team states that it has already used it. A shirt with Philadelphia’s logo and that phrase was sold by Fanatics after the win.

Ultimately, the trademark office will decide who owns the phrase, or even if it can be owned. It may determine that the play’s name belongs in the public domain.

Regardless, that TD helped Philly take a 22-12 lead into halftime, and ultimately hold on for the 41-33 win. And that championship has given many Eagles an even larger platform on which they can share their faith in Jesus.

On the stage after the game, when he was named Super Bowl MVP, Foles first gave “all glory to God” during NBC’s live telecast.

Upon returning home, Burton was asked how his faith might help keep him humble during a time when many are praising him for a touchdown pass. “My faith will help me make sure that Jesus is the most important thing out of all of this and that He gets all the glory,” Burton said. “I’m just a vessel for what He’s trying to accomplish here in this city.”

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