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Hometown Hero

In appreciation of the overwhelming show of patriotism by our fans, the Philadelphia Eagles are working to honor Eagles fans serving in the military as our Hometown Heroes.

2014 Nominees


Preseason: Eagles vs Steelers

August 21

Specialist Bryan Turner

Specialist (Spc.) Bryan Turner is 25 years old and is currently assigned to the HHC 103rd Engineer Battalion. He enlisted in 2006 and is a Combat Engineer. He deployed to Tarmyiah, Iraq with Charlie Company 1/111 Infantry Company from September 2008 to September 2009. Specialist Turner is also a Philadelphia Police Officer and has been since 2011. He is assigned to the 24th Police District.


Preseason: Eagles VS Jets

August 28

Logistics Socialist Third Class Petty Officer Fred Funderburg

Third Class Petty Officer Funderburg was born and raised in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pa. Joined the NAVY Reserves in 2011 as a Logistics Specialist reservist, supporting my unit with whatever supplies they might need. Earlier this year he graduated college majoring in Criminal Justice and a month later got picked up for Active Duty. In the end of September he will be reporting down to the New Orleans Louisiana to further his navy career in Logistics. In Petty Officer Funderburg’s travels he will never forget where he came from and the history behind Philadelphia, he will also never forget to always watch out for the wrath of Parking Authority.


Week 1 vs. Jaguars

September 7

Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Holland

Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Holland, originally from Canton, Ohio, joined the Marine Corps after high school graduation. Holland is a communications technician chief and a Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor. Holland has served for 13 years on active duty and in the Selective Marine Corps Reserve. He is a four-time recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, two-time recipient of the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Marine Corps Selective Reserve Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Holland completed two tours in Iraq from 2004-2005 and is currently a Marine Corps recruiter in Bucks County PA.


Week 3 vs. Redskins

September 21

Staff Sergeant Hector Vargas Vazquez

Staff Sergeant Hector Vargas Vazquez grew up in South Philadelphia as a lifelong Eagles fan and joined the Army when he was 22 because he wanted to serve his country. He has deployed twice, for a total of 27 months, to both Iraq and Afghanistan where he conducted countless combat patrols and fired howitzer artillery. Staff Sergeant Vargas has held many positions in the Army including Howitzer Gunner, Ammunition Team Chief, and Howitzer Section Chief, and currently serves as an Observer Coach/Trainer at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst where he trains Reserve and National Guard units preparing to deploy. Staff Sergeant Vargas has served with distinction for nine years and has received five Army Commendation Medals and Four Army Achievement Awards, and recently won the Brigade Soldier of the Year competition. Hector is happily married with three children and plans to continue to serve his country until he retires.


Week 5 vs. Rams

October 5

Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Conrad

Petty Officer Michael Conrad is an Avionics Electrical Technician who serves at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, and in Washington D.C., where Coast Guard helicopter crews protect our nation’s capital on a 24/7 basis. Conrad joined the Coast Guard in 1999 and has served in Pensacola, Miami, Mobile, and Jacksonville before reporting to Atlantic City. Conrad is a native of the Philadelphia area and is supported by his wife, Nancy, and their four children.


Week 6 vs. Giants

October 12

Boatswain Mate’s Chief Petty Officer Joshua M. Marzi

BMC (Boatswain Mate’s Chief Petty Officer) Joshua M. Marzi was born to Army parents in Germany and moved to Philadelphia at a young age. Marzi is currently stationed in Atlantic City as a member of the United States Coast Guard.


Week 10 vs. Panthers

November 10

Technical Sergeant Brian Williams

Technical Sergeant Brian Williams was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart after being critically injured in an IED explosion while he and his Military Working Dog, Carly were searching an Afghani compound. He successfully returned to duty and champions awareness for active duty combat wounded warriors across the globe. A role model in his community, Technical Sergeant Williams coaches heads-up pee-wee football for the New Egypt Warriors.


Week 12 vs. Titans

November 23

Aviation Ordnanceman Gabrielle Nigro

Aviation Ordnanceman Gabrielle Nigro is assigned to FRC oceana as a gun technician. She recently returned from a 9 month deployment on board the USS George h.w. bush (cvn77). While on board she participated in air combat operations against ISIS. On her deployment she was given the title of #1 sea op det airman in her division. Her next big goal is to become a part of the honor guard and give back respect to others who gave to her.

Aviation Ordnanceman recently returned from a nine month deployment on board the USS George H. W. Bush, during which she participated in air combat operations battling ISIS. She is currently stationed in Virginia, and her goal is to become a part of the honor guard out of respect to those who gave to her.


Week 14 vs. Seahawks

December 7

Staff Sergeant Goldsworthy

Staff Sergeant Goldsworthy was assigned to 2nd Battalion 102nd Armor as a Calvary Scout, and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His other positions include Warrior Leader Course Instructor, Brigade Logistics NCO, and currently a Training NCO for Philadelphia’s most historical military unit, 1st Battalion 111th Infantry Regiment.


Week 15 vs. Cowboys

December 14

Sergeant Tony Ellerbe

Sergeant Tony Ellerbe joined the Marine Corps in September 6, 2004 as a logistic specialist. He has been in the Marine Corps for ten years. Sgt Ellerbe has had a combat tour to Afghanistan with 2nd marine regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is currently a recruiter at Recruiting Station Philadelphia. He is married to his wife of 6 years and has 3 daughters.

Sergeant Ellerbe joined the Marine Corps ten years ago as a logistic specialist. He was assigned a combat tour in Afghanistan with the 2nd Marine regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and currently works as a recruiter at Recruiting Station Philadelphia.