Wait? Doug Pederson got a letter from Jerry Jones following the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl win? Then again, why are we surprised?
Sometimes, we tend to forget about the respect coaches and players have for one another in the game of NFL football. As fans, it’s easy to miss that. We despise the coaches and players on other teams so often that we may even feel like those guys feel that way towards one another. Heck. We may even hope that they do. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson may have taught us that again.
Recently, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and current Football Night In America analyst Tony Dungy sat down with the Eagles head man for an interview. They are both innovative coaching minds, students of the game and men of God. What came across in the interview was how much both men respect one another.
Another interesting point brought out in their conversation about free meals, thankful fans and attempting to repeat as champions was that respect that comes from other franchises, players, coaches and owners. One of which was an owner Eagles fans have often voiced their displeasure about. That’s Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Take a look:
Video courtesy of NBC Sports’ YouTube page
If you’re trying to narrow it down (or think we’ve fibbed), fast forward to about the 4:35 minute mark.
That comment is worth mentioning again. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sent Doug Pederson a congratulatory letter. Sure, he was later threw a few darts at the Eagles organization by, basically, saying that it took them long enough to win one and things of that nature, but hey. Nothing’s ever going to be perfect.
There may never be a ton of pleasantries that are exchanged between Cowboys and Eagles fans, but one thing they’ll always share is a competitive nature.
They cheer for two teams who have been to football’s mountaintop. Both of those teams understand what’s necessary to be successful in our great nation’s greatest game. Both have learned that lesson in both success and failure (sometimes at the hands of one another).
Who else would know more about the magnitude of the other team’s wins and losses than their rival? After you meet one another so many times, who understands you more? Who else would know how hard you’ve worked or what it meant for your fans?
It’s definitely something to think about, isn’t it?