Being the honorary captain for this Sunday’s Jets game and having a chance to say goodbye to Eagles fans after recently announcing my retirement is definitely going to be emotional for me. I’m not going to show it. I won’t cry or anything, but it will definitely be emotional for me for two reasons.
For starters, I still love the game of football. It’s just unfortunate that I couldn’t go out the way that I wanted to, but I’m not able to play at the level that I’m accustomed to because of my chronic hamstring injury. But that’s what I signed up for when I decided to play this game for a living.
The other reason is that it’s Philly. Philly just gives you that feeling. It’s going to be the first time I’m back at Lincoln Financial Field since I left, and that place is special. It holds a special place in my heart and always will.
I love you, Eagles fans. I appreciated you all six years I was there, and I still appreciate you all now more than you could ever know. I appreciate everything. I appreciate the support and I appreciate the criticism, too. It comes with the territory and I think it all made me who I am today.
What sets Eagles fans apart from others around the NFL is their passion. I was blessed. I had a chance to play for the Eagles in Philly. I had a chance to play for the Chiefs in Kansas City, and then the Ravens in Baltimore. All three fan bases are so passionate when it comes to football. That’s the reputation they have in the National Football League. I was blessed to play for all three of them, but there’s something about Philly that just gives you that little extra edge. I think it’s because the passion runs just a little bit deeper here.