The Arizona Republic

Eagles fan hit with fame after hitting pole gets some glory

- Kristen De Groot

The moment in the spotlight isn’t over yet for a Philadelph­ia Eagles fan who stumbled into fame as a viral video star after running into a subway pillar earlier this year. Jigar Desai is now the subject of an NFL digital short feature, shot ahead of the Eagles game against the Jacksonvil­le Jaguars in London on Oct. 28. In the short, he’s surprised with tickets for himself, his wife and two kids to attend the game in England. “From ‘mind the pillars’ to ‘Mind the Gap’ … London, here we come!” Desai said Friday. Back in January, Desai, sporting a Brian Dawkins jersey, was trying to rally subway passengers for the NFC Championsh­ip game against the Minnesota Vikings. He was filmed running alongside the train on the platform, and then all of a sudden slamming into a pole and bumping off the train. Passenger video of his fan fail took off on social media, prompting everything from Philly sports pride to general mockery. “At the end of it all, if you are going to have a knucklehea­d moment caught on camera from two angles, then it better have results,” said Desai, who works as a consultant with a life sciences and health care company. With the Eagles going on to win the first Super Bowl and Dawkins being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, “I couldn’t have scripted a better ending,” he said.

 ?? MATT LISTON VIA AP ?? Eagles fan Jigar Desai poses with tickets to the Oct. 28 Eagles-Jaguars game in front of the subway pillar he ran into earlier this year in Philadelph­ia.
MATT LISTON VIA AP Eagles fan Jigar Desai poses with tickets to the Oct. 28 Eagles-Jaguars game in front of the subway pillar he ran into earlier this year in Philadelph­ia.

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