Grugier-Hill says he’s sorry for having fun
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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Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill enjoys a light moment after being asked what got into him Friday when he called the Cowboys chokers.