Looking for a team that sums up season? It has to be Eagles

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"It's a tough circumstance to be in, and it's not been done very often. But you're talking to someone who has done it, so it can be done," said Jeff Hostetler, a career backup who wound up leading the Giants to a Super Bowl victory over a Buffalo team led by Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.

"I think (Foles is) doing the things that you need to do. He knows his strengths and his weaknesses. He's making plays when he needs to make plays, and he's putting his guys in position to do the same."

Social change: Philadelphia defensive end Chris Long donated his entire $1-million salary to charity this season and was named the Byron "Whizzer" White Community MVP by the NFL Players Assn.

He and safety Malcolm Jenkins are founding members of the Players Coalition, a group of socially conscious NFL players committed to fighting racism and inequality. They helped negotiate a landmark $89-million pledge by the NFL to assist community organizations.

"I think it's a process of educating ownership and the people from the league office as to why we've been so passionate about these issues," Jenkins said, "but also showing them how the NFL, with this huge platform, can play a real role in changing our society."

Sunday, Jenkins and his teammates will be looking to bring another kind of change to Philadelphia. It costs $50,000 to make, is polished to a perfect mirror shine, and weighs seven pounds, about the same as an average baby.

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A newborn Lombardi.

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