Usually we don’t take controversial opinions here at But this Super Bowl, we’re taking a stand.

We think you should root for the Philadelphia Eagles because two words: Vinny Curry.

And here’s why. (If you’re a Marshall fan you may know already…)

Vinny isn’t from West Virginia; he’s originally from New Jersey. But the 29-year-old defensive end went to Marshall, where he won the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year award.

It goes further than that—it’s the number he wears on his chest.

Number 75: It’s in honor of the 75 people who died in the tragic 1970 airplane crash that killed most of Marshall’s football team and staff.

Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed shortly before landing at Huntington’s Tri-State Airport, coming back from a game in North Carolina.

Vinny’s Marshall pride runs deep. After the Eagle’s win in the NFC Championship, he did his postgame interviews wearing his letterman jacket and Thundering Herd beanie.

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports Vinny said this:

“At the end of the day, that was a big thing for me… I just wanted to let Huntington know we made it, you know? We made it to the grandest stage in football. I just wanted to do my postgame interviews representing the school that means so much to me.”

Will you be rooting for Vinny and the Eagles Sunday? Tell us in the comments!

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