As you know South Jersey is solid Philadelphia sports territory. Many of the residents here have strong ties to the city.

Whether they originally came from Philly or just from living in the media market of the city, it's all a Philadelphia suburb and proud of it.

Growing up here, whenever the city's sports teams make it to a high-profile spot in their prospective league or season, it always seemed that nuns and priests were their biggest supporters.

The weekend the Philadelphia Eagles secured their spot in the Super Bowl, one South Jersey priest and church choir couldn't contain excitement for the team.

It came to a head at the end of mass on Sunday, Jan. 29 when the choir broke out in the Eagles fight song, "Fly Eagles Fly." It happened at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in my hometown of Medford.

The Eagles' fight song was written back in 1960 but was reworked in a new key and brought back in the late '90s. It's become a tradition to sing it after every score at the games and countless other places you wouldn't expect, like a Catholic Mass on a Sunday morning!

I'm not sure if Jesus were around today that he would be an Eagles fan, but his followers in South Jersey leave no doubt in the matter.

Ever wonder how many NJ natives are in the NFL?

NFL pros from New Jersey

There are more than 60 active pros with NJ roots.

More than 10 players who made it to the NFL conference championship games this year have NJ ties — and four active NFL quarterbacks were born in the Garden State.

Some of them may even be on your fantasy football team.

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