Philadelphia Eagles starting center Jason Kelce has had some fantastic quotable moments over the years, and his speech at the Super Bowl parade cemented his place in franchise folklore. He continued to be the voice of the people on Wednesday, when he went on the 94WIP Morning Show and talked about his feelings toward the Eagles’ NFC East rival and Sunday night opponent, the Dallas Cowboys — and their fans.
“I would say mostly I just don’t think a lot of players, in particular me, just don’t really like the franchise, the organization, what is stands for—what it’s always stood for. This goes back to the lockout when they were getting replacement players, how outspoken the Dallas Cowboys franchise was in ending that.”
Kelce didn’t waste time picking on the Cowboys for their Monday night collapse at home against the Titans. He didn’t talk about the players legal woes or questionable coaching. The Eagles center went deeper, and based his dislike for the Dallas franchise on the deeper philosophies of the organization.
And it wasn’t just the franchise as a while he took issue with, either, calling their fans fair weather people who aren’t invested in the team.
“I’ve just never really appreciated what the organization—and what its fans really stood for. A lot of fair weather people from across the country that just kind of fell in love because they’re winners instead of having any type of emotional connection to the team whatsoever.”
Kelce’s criticisms did fall short of calling out any particular player, and even talked about having respect for some of the team’s veterans.
”There’s a ton of players they got that I got a lot of respect for, Sean Lee, Travis Frederick—unfortunately is going through some serious health concerns, but he’s a tremendous player. I’ve got some respect for some of their guys, it’s most of the organization that you don’t like.”
To be fair, there are a lot of reasons on and off the field to dislike the Cowboys. This is one of the Eagles biggest rivals and with five division games left to play this season, Sunday night’s results will have big implication on the NFC East standings.
I think Dallas has a lot more to worry about than using Kelce’s quotes as bulletin board material, but you never know what Jerry Jones is going to prioritize over winning — which is seemingly, everything.