Grugier-hill apol­o­gizes for say­ing Cow­boys ‘al­ways choke’

The Citizens' Voice - - SPORTS - BY ROB MAADDI

PHILADEL­PHIA — Ea­gles line­backer Kamu Grugier-hill said he apol­o­gized to coach Doug Ped­er­son for trash talk­ing the Dal­las Cow­boys ear­lier this week.

Grugier-hill told a Philadel­phia tele­vi­sion re­porter on Wed­nes­day: “Look at Dal­las’ his­tory. They al­ways choke. So we’ll go down there and make them choke.”

The de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pion Ea­gles (6-6) visit the Cow­boys (7-5) on Sun­day with first place in the NFC East on the line.

Cow­boys quar­ter­back Dak Prescott re­sponded Thurs­day first by ask­ing “who” when told of Grugier-hill’s com­ments.

“Coach (Ja­son) Gar­rett has a great say­ing, and I don’t know where he got it from, but win­ners worry about win­ning and losers worry about win­ners,” Prescott added.

Grugier-hill wasn’t avail­able un­til Fri­day. He ex­pressed re­gret to Ped­er­son be­cause he said he put his coach “in a tough spot.”

“It’s a ri­valry game. I didn’t think too much about it. I didn’t mean to dis­re­spect this or­ga­ni­za­tion or coach Ped­er­son,” Grugier-hill said. “I have a lot of con­fi­dence in the guys and in my­self go­ing into this game, and I’m ready to play.”

Ped­er­son made it clear to the third-year player the com­ments were un­nec­es­sary.

“First of all, the Philadel­phia Ea­gles, my­self, we have a ton of re­spect for the Cow­boys,” Ped­er­son said. “It has noth­ing to do with that, we have a ton of re­spect for coach Gar­rett . ... It’s un­for­tu­nate that the com­ments were made. I talk to the team a lot about how we don’t need to post any­thing that can be used on other team’s web­site or bul­letin board. It’s un­for­tu­nate that hap­pened. We still have to go play. They have to play. It’s go­ing to be a good foot­ball game.”

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