Long before he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Peters spent 11 years as a reliable member of the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line. The 40-year-old started his career as an undrafted OT in Buffalo, but it wasn’t until his time in Philly that he became a household name. He was in charge of protecting names like Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Sam Bradford, Carson Wentz, and Jalen Hurts.
The offensive tackle spent 2009-2020 with Philly and helped the franchise earn its first-ever Super Bowl in 2017. The 9x Pro Bowler faced the Cowboys 16 times while playing for the Eagles, but this Sunday marks the first time that Peters will face his former team — and this time, it will be with a star on his chest. Speaking of his chest, after suffering a chest injury that kept him out of Week 5, Peters said he fully expects to play this Sunday.
With over a decade of time in Philadelphia, it’s safe to say this man knows a thing or two about the Cowboys vs. Eagles rivalry.
When on the enemy’s sideline, Peters once called the Cowboys “arrogant.” Now, he has things to say about Philly’s fans with some “not safe for work” commentary. He had some choice words, as you can see in the tweet below, to go along with calling the fan base “nasty” and “vulgar.”
Hey… He said it. Not us.
Cowboys OT Jason Peters calls Eagles fans vulgar, nasty, and other NSFW terms ahead of the rivalry matchup
To be fair, reporters did mention that he said this in the most loving way possible and even chuckled after he said it. However, Peters does have a point.
The Eagles fan base is known to be quite unbearable, and this isn’t just according to Cowboys fans. City officials have had to grease telephone poles to keep fans from climbing them after wins. They throw trash at players. They even had a firefighter trash-talk Nelson Agholor while explaining his act of heroism.
The 40-year-old tackle made it clear that he still has love for the city of Philadelphia, even though he said he thinks fans may throw trash at him. But to him, this rivalry game is just another matchup:
"“I got my first Super Bowl there. I laid a lot of bricks there. Philly, that’s my city. Just to go back, it’ll be great to beat ’em.If it’s Cowboys-Eagles, it’s going to be a feisty game. It’s just another game for me. I get to go back to where I laid the foundation at and got my championship. But it’s a division game. It’s going to be a feisty game, and like I said, it’s just another game for me.”"
Apparently, Peters isn’t alone in thinking “Philly fans are the wildest fans out there.” When asked about what his former teammate said, Eagles center Jason Kelce had his own comments on the rivalry and said the two fan bases could not be more different.
So, what did Peters recommend knowing he’s been on the other side? This was the veteran’s advice to his new teammates, per Patrik Walker:
"“Keep your blinders on. Put the earplugs in. The crowd will be in it. They’ll be blurting out all types of crazy stuff at you – might even be throwing stuff. Just trust your preparation through the week. Keep your blinders on and go play ball.”"
It’s likely that Philly fans saw this quote about them and gleamed with pride, which feels a bit wrong, but people will be who they will be. Peters seems excited to get back into this storied rivalry, but this time on the other sideline.
"“It’s going to be a dogfight. I had a few [former teammates] text me this morning. But they know what I bring to the table and they’re going to be prepared for it, no doubt. But they know what’s coming to them.”"