If you’re reading this, there’s probably, like, a 90 percent chance you’re rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles at Sunday night’s Super Bowl. They’re the serious underdogs, whose ownership, coaches, and players aren’t extremely aligned with Trump, like their competition. On Thursday, the Philly team made it even more challenging to root against ‘em: the Eagles announced that their introduction song for the big game will be Meek Mill’s “Dreams and Nightmares,” which has been their unofficial team theme song throughout much of the season. They danced to it before and after defeating the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game, so of course they’d want to keep the streak alive.
Defensive end Brandon Graham told NFL.com, “If you’re going to go with a Philly song...that’s the one you’re going with.” Which is a noble enough reason in any context, but his fellow DE Derek Barnett cut to why this is an even more meaningful gesture: “Meek, you know, he’s locked up right now,”the rookie told the website, “so we have to hold the city down for him.”
Mill’s currently serving 2 to 4 years of jail time, stemming from a probation violation that he’s already served for. The circumstances of the trial seem to grow more and more questionable by the week, with the revelation on Tuesday that the court clerk once asked Meek for money to help with her son’s college tuition.
It’s a fucking shame Meek Mill isn’t free to watch this game, but at least the Eagles get to honor him on the largest possible stage.
Listen to “Dreams and Nightmares” below.