The un-official rally cry for the Philadelphia Eagles during their run to the Super Bowl will now be the song that the Birds will play when they run on the field on February 4.
The track comes from none other than Philly hometown favorite Meek Mill; the intro to his critically acclaimed album Dreams And Nightmares. Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, is currently serving two years in prison for a probation violation, is more than elated that the team has chosen his song as their “theme song” for Super Bowl 2018.
“It really lifted my spirit to hear the team rally around my songs because that’s why I make music. To inspire others and bring people together,” said Mill in a statement last week. “The Eagles have also motivated me with the way they’ve overcome tough situations and injuries to succeed this year.”
With the underdogs-rise theme in its lyrics, and bildungsroman-style storytelling, the song has drawn comparisons to both Rocky theme “Gonna Fly Now” and the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy,” a hip hop classic. After Mill was sentenced to prison time for probation violations in November, a crowd of fans rapped “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro)” word-for-word at a local protest.
Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett also spoke to NFL.com of the choice. “It just gets us going,” he said. “It gives us good energy. Just a little extra juice.”
The Eagles take on the New England Patriots this Sunday for the NFL Championship title.