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“The Eagle has landed” is one of the more notable sentences in history.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong uttered the words after piloting the lunar lander to a safe stop on the moon in 1969.
Nearly 50 years later, they had a different meaning on Earth.
Prior to the College Football Playoff Semifinal between Clemson and Notre Dame, an eagle landed on the back and shoulders of a Notre Dame fan in the AT&T Stadium stands in Arlington, Texas.
Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated provided footage:
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What’s going on at the Cotton Bowl? A bald eagle just landed on a Notre Dame fan 😳
The eagle was part of the pregame ceremonies and flew in the stadium during the presentation of the American flag.
Perhaps the eagle’s landing is a sign of good fortune for the Fighting Irish, who may need a little luck. Entering the game, they were 10.5-point underdogs, per OddsShark.