(Hypothetically) Speaking with Sheldon Brown

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(Hypothetically) Speaking with Sheldon Brown
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If I could interview any current Philadelphia Eagle, for me the choice is easy: Sheldon Brown. Here's what such an interview would look like...minus Sheldon's responses, of course! (One can always hope!)

 

Entering his eighth training camp as a Philadelphia Eagle, Sheldon Brown doesn't know if it will be his last at Lehigh University.

The ultimate team player turned 30 during the off-season and saw the Eagles bring in stiff competition for the job he's held for five consecutive seasons. Four years his elder, Brown must beat out recently acquired corner back Ellis Hobbs to be the starting corner when the Eagles open the season on Sept. 13 in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.

But there's more to this off-season than any other for Brown who has played in all 122 regular and postseason games since he was drafted in the second round of the 2002 draft.

There's the departure of team leader Brian Dawkins, Brown's comments on how he felt "disrespected" by the Eagles publicly and his desire for a reworked contract more in line with his peers.

Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with the longest tenured member of the Eagles defense and talk about those pressing issues, his career with the Eagles and more:

BJ: You are the 13th oldest projected starter heading into the '09 season. Former teammate Troy Vincent said during your rookie year that you were going to be in the league a long time because of your preparedness. What else do you think has kept you performing at such a high level for so long?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: 122 straight regular and postseason games, the second longest active streak in the NFL. How long do you think you can play at the level you are at?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: While we're on the subject of longevity, the Eagles have a reputation of making "business decisions" that have seen many veteran players finish their careers in other places. How does that affect the team?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: The most recent of those exits had Brian Dawkins leave for Denver. Have you talked to him since his departure?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: There's no debate over who was the leader on defense when Dawkins was here. Now that he's gone, as the elder statesman of the defense, do you assume that role?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: Brian was here your entire career. Where do you see his absence having the biggest impact on the defense and the team?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: You have publicly called out the team recently over your contract in an effort to set the record straight regarding comments made by Joe Banner. In retrospect, was that the right thing to do?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: You've said your concerns over your current contract were not about the money. Banner has said that when he's discussed your concerns with your agent that that money was the only concern. If it's not about the money, then what is it about?

SB: [Answer]

BJ: Some fans critical of your comments have said you have four years remaining on your contract and should live up to it. What is your response to them?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: Since your comments, the Eagles have acquired Ellis Hobbs to compete for playing time at corner and possibly your starting job. What your thoughts on the upcoming battle between the two of you?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: Do you think the Hobbs acquisition was a subtle retaliation by the Eagles for your public comments?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: From last year to this year, what have you done to step up your game?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: Not all of your time with the Eagles has been as controversial as this off-season. What's your best memory from your seven seasons with Philadelphia?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: The Eagles have been to four Championship Games and a Super Bowl since you joined the team. Each time falling short. How important is it for you to get a Super Bowl ring before you retire?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: Before you go, Sheldon, since we're on the subject of retirement. How many years of Sheldon Brown can we expect to enjoy?

SB: [Answer]

 

BJ: Do you see yourself finishing your career in an Eagles uniform?

SB: [Answer] 

 

BJ: Thanks for your time, Sheldon.

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