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Sal Paolantonio to hold First Signing at Hall for New Book that Chronicles Eagles Super Bowl Run

Sal Paolantonio to hold First Signing at Hall for New Book that Chronicles Eagles Super Bowl Run

07/17/2018
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ESPN National Correspondent and longtime Hall of Fame Selector Sal Paolantonio will appear at the Pro Football Hall of Fame for multiple signings of his new book, “Philly Special: The Inside Story of How the Philadelphia Eagles Won Their First Super Bowl Championship.”

Paolantonio will be on hand at the Hall of Fame for guests to have him sign their copy of the book purchased at the Hall of Fame Store. “Philly Special: The Inside Story of how the Philadelphia Eagles won their First Super Bowl Championship” retails for $25.95 plus tax. Museum admission is required. Times of the signings are: 

  • Thursday, Aug. 2 from 4-6 p.m. (Hall of Fame Store lobby)
  • Friday, Aug. 3 from 2-3 p.m. (Hall of Fame Store lobby)
  • Saturday, Aug. 5 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Hall of Fame Store lobby)
  • Saturday, Aug. 4 from 3-5 p.m. (Mall of Fame Tent in Hall’s main parking lot)

The award-winning Paolantonio provides a week-by-week look behind the scenes of the Eagles’ magical 2017 season capped by the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship. His exclusive access to the journey will entertain all football fans. Paolantonio was the only reporter allowed into the Eagles team hotel at Super Bowl LII. He is also the only journalist to ride with Eagles’ head coach Doug Pederson to the game. In addition, Paolantonio was granted special access to the team on their historic, star-crossed trip to the West Coast during the season.

“Philly Special: The Inside Story of How the Philadelphia Eagles Won Their First Super Bowl Championship” contains in-depth reporting and details on every game of the team’s championship season including one-on-one interviews with Pederson on the eve and morning of the Eagles’ biggest games including Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

Paolantonio, who has covered the NFL and the Eagles for a quarter century, brings his unique style to describe the Eagles’ unimaginable season. The book offers readers a glimpse into the year that defied critics and oddsmakers. His storytelling was enhanced through inside access to Pederson, quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, and the rest of the Eagles organization.

Fascinating accounts of the Eagles run in 2017 include an inside look of what happened behind closed doors of the Eagles locker room after Wentz suffered a season-ending torn ACL injury against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14. The book also provides readers insight into how the team rebounded from the devastating news of losing their quarterback.

Highlighted in the book is the famous “Philly Special,” that ranks among the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history and was a key component of the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots this past February. Paolantonio shares details about who invented the “Philly Special” and how Pederson decided to use the trick play that resulted in a touchdown catch by Foles against the Patriots.

Paolantonio is among ESPN’s most-tenured NFL reporters, having joined the company in 1995. The Emmy-award winning national correspondent covers for the NFL for SportsCenter and Sunday NFL Countdown, among others shows, and is host of NFL Matchup. He has served as a selector for the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 2013. Paolantonio is a former sportswriter and political correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer and served as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy. He lives in Moorestown, New Jersey.

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