CHERRY HILL, NJ (CBS) — Two Eagles fans bumped into Eagles new wide receiver AJ Brown and walked away with more than just a great story.
The fans met Brown at a pro shop in South Jersey, and the Eagle made sure they left sporting No. 11.
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It sounds like the beginning of a lame joke. Two Eagles fans and a New England Patriots fan walk into the Eagles Pro Shop in Cherry Hill, and now they’re on TV.
“We were actually on our way out and he walked in and it was really cool. He’s a really cool guy,” Shane Natanni said.
Natanni is talking about new Eagles wide receiver AJ Brown, a 2020 Pro Bowler who, on paper, arguably became the team’s best player — we love you, Darius Slay — the day he was traded here in late April.
But did the three fans know it was him?
“Unfortunately, my brother’s friend is a Patriots fan, so he had no idea who he was talking to, so I educated him pretty quickly. But after that, we all knew who he was,” Natanni said.
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Then this happened.
“We were in there and he said, ‘Hey, man. Put a jersey on us.’ And to be honest, I didn’t think he was real, and then afterwards, he really did. He bought us three shirts. Even for the poor Patriots fan, he still bought him a jersey,” Natanni said.
But wait, there’s more.
“He was super cool. He signed for all three of us, he signed my friend’s hat. He was really nice, I’m glad he’s an Eagle,” Natanni said.
Natanni graduated from Lenape High School in Mount Laurel. His mother graduated from Shawnee in Medford, but they have spent the last 10 years in Fort Myers, Florida. Eagles fans from afar now with a memory based on a chance encounter that will last a lifetime.
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Brown has spent the three months since being traded to the Eagles working out with his quarterback, defending him on Twitter and now randomly giving fans jerseys. All this and he hasn’t even scored his first touchdown yet. I think Eagles fans will like him quite a bit.