Philly mayor says no Eagles jersey for William Penn statue

Philadelphia’s mayor says he won’t jinx the Eagles ahead of their Super Bowl appearance by placing the team’s jersey on the statue of William Penn atop City Hall.

Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney said Tuesday he wants to win the big game, and his spokesman told WCAU-TV they didn’t want to risk it after Philly teams lost the last time the statue was decorated.

The city placed a Phillies baseball cap on the statue during the 1993 World Series and a Flyers jersey on the statue during the 1997 Stanley Cup Final. Both teams lost.

The Philadelphia Eagles have never won a Super Bowl. They face the New England Patriots Feb. 4 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Kenney says he plans to watch the game in Philadelphia.