Grugier-Hill sorry for ‘chok­ers’ com­ment

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - 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 camped 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. There’s some pretty com­pelling ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing that the Cow­boys (7-5), who lead the NFC East, are 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,” Grugier-Hill 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 way we play.”

Ped­er­son said the Ea­gles have “a ton of re­spect” for the Cow­boys, which you can take any way you want. For­mer Birds kicker David Ak­ers trashed Dal­las at the re­cent draft, telling the crowd there, among other cuts “Hey Dal­las, the last time you won the Super Bowl, these draft picks weren’t born.”

Ped­er­son ob­jected to the bul­letin board ram­i­fi­ca­tions, al­though he tried to dis­miss that, as well.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate that the com­ments were made,” Ped­er­son said. “I talk to the team a lot about how we don’t need to post any­thing that can be used on other teams’ web­sites or bul­letin boards. It’s un­for­tu­nate that hap­pened. We still have to go play. They have to play. It’s go­ing to be a good foot­ball game.”

If the Cow­boys (7-5) go af­ter Grugier-Hill, he’ll be ready. But he’s not go­ing to worry about it.

The Ea­gles (6-6) would move into first place in the di­vi­sion with a vic­tory.

“We’re con­fi­dent in our guys, con­fi­dent in this team and our abil­ity to win this game,” Grugier-Hill said.

JOHN BLAINE — FILE PHOTO — FOR THE TREN­TO­NIAN

Ea­gles line­backer Kamu Grugier-Hill, here run­ning with an Eli Man­ning in­ter­cep­tion, did plenty of talk­ing Wed­nes­day about the Cow­boys and their propen­sity for ‘chok­ing.’

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