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Former Philadelphia Eagle honored in Iowa Falls

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Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.

It's been more than 60 years since former Philadelphia Eagle, Russell Verhousky wore the green jersey, but tonight that all changed.

Verhousky played for the Eagles for a short time in the 1950's, but he cherishes the memories he made. On Super Bowl Sunday he was decked out in green and white one more time.

Verhousky tells KWWL he was a half back for the Eagles. Dreamweaver Foundation, a non-profit that fulfills the dreams of terminally-ill seniors, partnered with the Eagles to make Verhousky's dream a reality. The Eagles gave Verhousky a jersey, a hat and wrote him a personal letter.

In part it read: "Dear Russell, on behalf of the Philadelphia Eagles we would like to wish you a very Happy 90th Birthday."

Dreamweaver says the Heritage Care Center in Iowa Falls, where Verhousky lives, submitted his dream.

"They said he had played for the Eagles and just wanted to get reconnected with some of his Eagles team mates," said Ashley Weirich, Dreamweaver. "All the stars just aligned over the last few weeks and we were lucky that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl and that we could throw this party for Russell, in honor of Russell."

In the letter the Eagles wrote:

"Your dedication to our team is a constant reminder to how lucky we are to have individuals like you that stand with us proudly. Battling an illness is incredibly challenging, but one of the very few things that can help lighten that burden is a strong support system, you have a loving team in your corner. Sincerely your friends at the Philadelphia Eagles."

Verhousky is grateful for the letter and all of the gifts and he says he was was surprised by everything. Dreamweaver Foundation also gave Verhousky a photo album full of old news paper clippings from his time in college and as an Eagle.

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