The Players’ Tribune recently released an article written by Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson and it is a pretty great read. There are so many different good nuggets in the post, so read the entire thing, but here are some of the highlights.
Lane Johnson promises an ass-whupping
I think I’d say Lane is ready for Week 1.
Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks: This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some ass against the Redskins. We’re going to surprise some people.
The Eagles haven’t beaten Washington since early on in the 2014 NFL season. I’m sure they’re hungry. They better get the job done, especially now that Johnson has promised a beat-down.
Lane’s favorite Philly fan experieces
This is incredibly Philly.
I still vividly remember being on that bus, as we got closer to the stadium, all these Eagles fans were lining the streets — hundreds, maybe even thousands of them — and they were all flipping us off.
Every fan basically went through the same sequence. They’d start by flipping us the bird and then they’d do a double take when they realized that it was in fact our bus and not the other team’s. Then they’d suddenly stop what they were doing, put on a huge smile and wave to us. It was frickin’ hilarious.
That’s Philly, man. This is a place with an edge. That’s the culture — and when you play for the Eagles, there’s no getting around it.
Lane also told a story about how he saw an obnoxious Cowboys fan get clocked in the parking lot after a game.
This excellent quote from Evan Mathis
Classic Evan right here.
I’ll never forget the third game of my career. We were playing the Chiefs and I had to block Justin Houston. I held my own for most of the game, but then in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter I allowed two sacks to him. It was a disaster. When I got off the field, I looked around like, Man, what the hell did I do wrong? And Evan Mathis just turned to me and said, “Well, you could try blocking someone longer than 1.5 f***ing seconds.”
Lane also had shared some good stories about Jason Peters, Todd Herremans, and Jason Kelce. Fun group.
Lane refers to Carson Wentz as “Bear Grylls”
To no surprise, Wentz’s teammates always have really nice things to say about him.
Here’s the deal with Carson: The kid is tough as s*** and North Dakotan as hell.
He’ll always show up in the locker room looking like he’s ready to scale Kilimanjaro — camo hat, boots, backpack with a bunch of hooks on it — which is why I’ve taken to calling him Bear Grylls.
On the field, he runs like a damn deer, but he also has remarkable poise in the pocket. Even though he was just a rookie last year, he always seems to be in control. That’s not a coincidence, it’s by design. If you happen to show up to the team facility at 5:30 in the morning, there’s a good chance you’ll see Carson watching film. He doesn’t make a big display of it. The kid just loves football, and he’s only getting better.
“A fire under my ass”
Lane also addresses his 10-game suspension, his feelings on the NFL and NFLPA, and much more. Go check it out!
That experience of being on the sidelines — and the humiliation of being asked about it on a daily basis (and I’m still hearing about it from fans on Twitter) — hasn’t been for nothing. It forced me to reevaluate not just my suspension, but also how I carried myself in general. At times in my career I’ve lost focus. Well, I’m done with that.
In other words, this situation has lit a fire under my ass.