Grugier-Hill says he’s sorry for hav­ing fun

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @bob­grotz on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA >> The real Kamu Grugier-Hill, not the im­poster from the pre­vi­ous day, walked the gaunt­let to reach his spot near the far end of the Ea­gles’ locker room Fri­day.

Grugier-Hill looked at the crowd en­camped there, took a deep breath and de­clared “Let’s get this over with.”

While he didn’t call the Dal­las Cow­boys chok­ers, as he did ear­lier in the week, he didn’t take it back, ei­ther.

“I mean, it’s a ri­valry game,” Grugier-Hill said. “I didn’t re­ally think too much about it. Ob­vi­ously, I didn’t mean to dis­re­spect this or­ga­ni­za­tion or Coach Ped­er­son. But I’ve just got a lot of con­fi­dence in our guys, con­fi­dence in my­self go­ing into this game.”

Grugier-Hill said he apol­o­gized to Ea­gles head coach Doug Ped­er­son for cre­at­ing the dis­trac­tion. But he also made it clear he wasn’t seek­ing ab­so­lu­tion. The in­ci­dent stemmed from an in­ter­view Grugier-Hill did with a tele­vi­sion re­porter Wed­nes­day, say­ing, “Look at Dal­las’ his­tory. They al­ways choke. So we’ll go down there and make them choke.”

That was enough to get ev­ery­thing stirred up. By Thurs­day, Cow­boys quar­ter­back Dak Prescott re­sponded by ask­ing “who?” when told of Grugier-Hill’s com­ments. Then, Prescott added, “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.” Sure. But there is some pretty com­pelling ev­i­dence to sug­gest the Cow­boys (7-5), who lead the NFC East, are in­deed ... chok­ers.

If there was any jus­tice in this world, Tony Romo would have been do­ing the TV Sun­day, not Troy Aik­man, and the game would come down to a bob­bled field goal snap. Ped­er­son was as sym­pa­thetic as he could be, given the cir­cum­stances.

“He un­der­stands,” GrugierHill said. “It’s a big ri­valry. We all know that. And it’s go­ing to be a great game. It’s a big week. We’ve got a lot go­ing on go­ing into this week­end. We’re just con­fi­dent in our­selves and con­fi­dent in the

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BOB GROTZ — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ea­gles line­backer Kamu Grugier-Hill en­joys a light mo­ment af­ter be­ing asked what got into him Fri­day when he called the Cow­boys chok­ers.

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