For some, living in enemy-territory might be exhausting, but not for The Bodyguard.
Eagles veteran and still-active legend Jason Peters has played in Philadelphia for a decade, but he still lives near his hometown in Texas. That means that the tackle isn’t just battling the Dallas Cowboys and their fans twice a year, but much of the offseason too, living about 3 hours away from the NFC East team headquarters.
“I just tell them, ‘You want to see the ring?’,” according to Chris McPherson, with the Eagles’ team site.
Sure, the Cowboys may have five Super Bowl wins over the course of their franchise, but the most recent was in 1996, and a lot has happened in the 23 years since — including the actual birth of a lot of the fans who like to argue about rings in the first place.
Peters wasn’t on the field for the Eagles’ first Super Bowl win in franchise history, but he was the one hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in the locker room afterward, and is looking forward to having his own moment on the field while being named World Champions.
Regardless of whether that happens, The Bodyguard will go down as one of the most elite players to ever be part of the Eagles organization. He currently ties Brian Dawkins and Reggie White in Pro Bowl selections, and has 9 total over his 16 years career.
“Never thought I’d play this long,” Peters said, according to the team site. “I’m just taking it a year at a time, stacking them up, and look at it at the end.”
The Eagles tackle is healthy and looking forward to settling some unfinished business during the 2019 season, and doing it alongside guys like Carson Wentz and Darren Sproles who also missed their opportunity to contribute to the Super Bowl win two seasons ago.