How's this for an understatement? It has been an interesting few weeks for Philadelphia Eagles star Fletcher Cox. He was one of the lone bright spots in an otherwise forgettable Wild Card Round game, one where he played his heart out while many of his younger teammates didn't. Since then, it's almost as if we've talked about him more often than normal at this time of the year. He's been mentioned a lot in news cycles recently.
There was the Instagram post. Some called it 'cryptic'. It wasn't, though we can understand why some might think he was hinting at retirement, especially after he made the statement about it being something he was pondering. The best part for us was how he defended Nick Sirianni. Good for you 91! But, again... This more vocal Fletch isn't one that we are used to.
Hey, don't expect us to stop the party. While he's decided to be open, the FanSided family chatted with him in Vegas ahead of Super Bowl LVIII. We wanted to pick his brain about a few things.
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On the Tuesday leading up to the big game, we chatted with Dhani Jones. That was fun. Fletch was nice enough to hang out with us as well and let us pick his brain about a few things, one of which being what it feels like to win AND lose a Super Bowl and bounce back the next season.
"It's no easy task at all. Win or lose... I've been on both sides. I've been on the winning side where that following season we weren't so good but we still made the playoffs... I've been on the losing side. Last year we lost, and we started the season 10-1. Things kind of didn't go the way we thought it would. It can go either way. I was just happy to be a part of both sides... (I) never want to be on the losing side again. You appreciate getting there because it's hard".
Fletch also shared his thoughts on teammates Jason Kelce and Jalen Carter. On the subject of the G.O.A.T., he said the following
"I think he can probably run for the mayor of Philly right now. He'll probably get voted right in... The biggest thing about him though is how he plays the game. He tries to play the game the right way".
He also appears to be a Jalen Carter fan. Aren't we all though?
"He's special... He's got the talent to be really, really good... I was a young guy before and still putting it together. He's still figuring things out (and) learning how to be a pro. Those things showed up later in the season. You saw him around the building and taking care of himself and doing the right things to become a pro".
If you've been paying attention, you have noticed something. Fletch has gone from being the strong, silent leader to become one of the more vocal captains in Philly's locker room and on the field. The Birds asked that he be so, and needless to say he has delivered. We just
In terms of his own mortality and what's next, he shared the following. After all, that's the question everyone's been asking, right?
"I'm just taking it day by day. Wherever it falls, it falls, but I'm just taking it day by day. I'm definitely happy to be playing in Philly. This year was definitely fun!"
Once upon a time in a distant land, Radio City Music Hall in New York City to be exact, the Philadelphia Eagles used the 12th-overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft to land a Mississippi State star from Yazoo City. We can safely state that the idea worked out well for them.
Regardless of how much longer Fletch is an Eagle, we can state something with certainty. He's one of the best ever to wear their jersey.
Fletcher Cox participated in this Super Bowl Media Week interview on behalf of Tide.
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