Not since the days of Tom Brady taking the field before Peyton Manning’s crowning achievement in Super Bowl 50 have we seen a player not involved in the Super Bowl evoke this strong a reaction from the crowd. Of course, that’s what happens when you’re Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys in an angry sea of Philadelphia Eagles fans — no matter the context.
Prescott was on hand for Sunday’s Super Bowl LVII to receive his Walter Payton Man of the Year honor, passed onto him from 2021 winner Andrew Whitworth.
You’d think Eagles fans would be able to put aside their differences and politely clap for Prescott, who earned the award for his work with cancer charities and suicide prevention programs in the wake of his brother’s tragic death.
You’d think they would’ve had more important things to worry about a half hour prior to kickoff of one of the most massive games of their lives.
Nope. They booed Prescott when he was shown, then booed again just as loudly when Whitworth officially bestowed the honor upon him.
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott booed by chorus of Eagles fans for winning Walter Payton Man of the Year Award at Super Bowl LVII
Damn. Those verbal snowballs were definitely packed with ice.
This moment was right in line with the city of Philadelphia’s reputation. They couldn’t care less why a Dallas Cowboys star is being honored. All they care about is that they’re looking at a Cowboy in the spotlight, where an Eagle should be standing. And so they boo. They boo harder. They boo hardest.
Prescott understood what he was walking into, seen shrugging it off while talking to Whitworth on the dais. Still, though, it’s unfortunate that the boos had to be that full-throated when the Eagles fans in the house could’ve simply been silent.
For once in their lives.