Originally posted on NBC Philadelphia  |  Last updated 11/4/11

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 06: Jason Avant #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 6, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
You might know that Eagles wideout and serial fumbler Jason Avant got a little bit of heat this week when he pooh-poohed any Eagles fan jumping off the team's bandwagon in the wake of their 1-4 start. Avant clarified his remarks yesterday without apologizing, saying he loves "faithful Eagles fans" and intimating that everyone else could go pound sand. Now here's why Avant is wrong: Every team has a fanbase that consists of both diehard fans and casual fans. And if you're an NFL player, you should be grateful for ALL OF THEM. Even the flightiest of flighty fans, the losers who start filing out of the stadium if the team is down by 7 with eight minutes left to go. Yes, those fans are annoying, but you NEED them. If players like Avant had their way and the Eagles only allowed the diehardiest of diehard fans into the Linc for home games (This could be achieved by handing out a simple survey asking patrons how often they call in to WIP to demand that Juan Castillo be placed in hand...
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