AS a member of few NFC East based Trash Talk groups (on Facebook), I’ve ended up in dozens of debates over the years with Cowboys fans. The funny thing is, regardless of what subject they bring up (five rings, the Triplets, America’s Team), the one thing I never hear from them, is the name Drew Pearson. He simply never comes up. It’s almost as if they’d forgotten he’d existed.
Which is why Pearson went all-out to antagonize Eagles fans during the Draft. It was just a case of a forgotten relic, doing what he could to be relevant again for a week or so. It’s why a week later he continues to troll not the Eagles organization that he played against, but the Eagles fans themselves. He just wants to remind Cowboys fans that Dez Bryant, and Michael Irvin weren’t the only 88’s in team history.
My guess is that he still does appearances in Dallas, at bank openings and car dealerships. Mostly for those fans who haven’t quite reached senility yet, and so will still vaguely recall him, if they’re told who he is. Still, it apparently isn’t enough attention for the Wide Re-geezer. So to get his name out there, he hauled his shriveled keister onto an Econo/Coach flight (likely on his own dime, right Jerry?), and came to Philadelphia to be made emotionally whole, by the only fans on Earth who could do it.
You could see on his face that it felt good to him that anybody still felt anything at all for him. Even if all it was, was a distant and faded form of hatred. A watered down version of true hostility, delivered by an audience mostly too young to have ever seen him play. The hostility wasn’t really even for him, but for the Cowboys having been mentioned. How could it be for him, when no one knew who he was? In all truth, most Eagles fans would probably hold the door for him at Wawa, because we wouldn’t recognize him if our lives depended on it.
Still, it was nice of us to make an old man feel like he mattered, during what may be his last night under the bright lights. If only for a moment Eagles fans did what no Cowboys fans ever could. We made him feel like a Star again.
You’re welcomed Drew. Drive safe.