10 Dallas Cowboys Who Philadelphia Eagles Fans Love to Hate
From the 1970s teams that featured Drew Pearson and Roger Staubach to the Cowboys of today with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, Eagles fans have always had several Cowboys that they love to hate.
The rivalry between the Eagles and Cowboys has always brought the worst out of both the fans and the players. Neither side has much love for the other, and it shows on the field and in the stands. Sunday night's matchup should be no different. It makes for great television and a high level of emotion.
Each game seems to introduce fans to a new villain. Who will step to and become the next Dallas Cowboy that Eagles fans love to hate? Let's look back at some of the former and current Dallas Cowboys that Eagles fans love to hate.
10. Roy Williams
Roy Williams may not be the most hated Dallas Cowboy of all time, but he might be the most overrated. Williams was the eighth overall pick by the Cowboys in 2002 and was expected to become one of the top safeties in the NFL.
Williams never lived up to his expectations, though he did turn into a decent starting safety. He isn't most famous for his 19 career interceptions. No, Williams was made famous in 2004 by the dirty but legal (at the time) way he took down ball carriers.
The horse collar tackle was banned following the 2004 season, after three players were injured by it including then-Eagles receiver Terrell Owens. Many Eagles fans still believe that Roy Williams intentionally tried to hurt Owens with the horse collar tackle.
That may not be true, but he is still one of the most hated Cowboys of all time because of the way Dallas fans hyped him up and his (at times) dirty play.
9. Dez Bryant
Just seeing another Cowboys receiver wearing a No. 88 jersey is reason enough to hate him. Both Michael Irvin and Drew Pearson wore the No. 88 during their time in Dallas.
Bryant is in just his second season in the NFL but already has 900 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns through his first 17 career games.
It hasn't just been his number or Michael Irvin-like potential that has rubbed Eagles fans the wrong way—Bryant has had a problem keeping his pants up.
Last spring Bryant was issued a criminal trespass warning by representatives of the NorthPark Center in Dallas after Bryant and some of his friends were wearing their pants way too low. Bryant and his crew were asked to pull up their pants, and according to the Dallas Police Department, he responded with several profanities.
Bryant was also sued for over $800,000 stemming from jewelery he took without payment.
8. Tony Romo
Tony Romo is just one in a long line of Dallas Cowboys who have been glorified despite not having as much success as he should have. Romo has been the Cowboys' starting quarterback since 2006 but has won just one playoff game.
Romo has had many epic chokes since becoming the starter including a botched hold on a potential game winning 19-yard field goal against the Seahawks during a 2007 Wildcard playoff game. Romo also led the Cowboys to a 13-3 season in 2007 but failed to win a playoff game. He also led the Cowboys to a 44-6 loss in 2008 against the Eagles in a game that decided the final playoff spot in the NFC that year.
Tony Romo has probably been a victim of being an over-hyped quarterback on the most over-hyped team in the NFL, but that doesn't mean he will get any respect from Eagles fans. His laid back attitude no matter what the score and his constant need to always wear a backwards Starter hat make him an easy target of hate for Eagles fans.
7. Drew Pearson
Drew Pearson was the first of many Cowboys receivers who would torch the Eagles defense over the years. Pearson finished his career with 489 receptions for 7,822 yards and 50 total touchdowns.
6. Leon Lett
Leon Lett was one of many Dallas Cowboys in the 1990s who was a both a great player on the field but a nightmare off the field. Lett finished his career 22.5 sacks but also was suspended multiple times by the NFL for failing the league's drug policy.
Lett was suspended for a year in December of 1996 after failing his second drug test since 1995. Lett is also known for his blunders on the field. In Super Bowl XXVII, Leon Lett recovered a fumble and was well on his way to return it for a touchdown until he slowed down and held the ball out at the 10-yard line. Buffalo Bills receiver Don Beebe hustled down the field and stripped the ball from Lett. The play kept the Cowboys from breaking the record for most points scored in a Super Bowl.
Lett is also known for his attempt to pick up a blocked field goal against the Miami Dolphins on Thanksgiving in 1993. Miami was down 14-13 late in the game when they attempted a game-winning field goal. The field goal was blocked, and as the rest of the Cowboys were standing around the football, Lett attempted to pick it up but muffed it and Miami recovered. The Dolphins would kick the game-winning field goal because of the play and win the game 16-14.
Lett's boneheaded decisions on and off the field make him a consistent target for criticism for years to come in this rivalry.
5. Terrell Owens
Terrell Owens was the savior for the Eagles in 2004, as he helped them get to their first Super Bowl since the 1980 season, but he quickly went from hero to villain in just two years. Owens criticized the Eagles and quarterback Donovan McNabb and was a constant distraction during the 2005 season until he was released. He was signed by the Eagles hated rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.
Owens scored a touchdown against Philadelphia in 2007 and celebrated by flapping his arms, mocking the Eagles. Owens was an incredibly liked player in Philly, but his antics and selfishness wore thin quickly.
Leaving Philadelphia to go to Dallas is unforgivable.
4. Nate Newton
Nate Newton was a part of the Dallas Cowboys teams in the '90s who Eagles fans loathed. Newton was both a power blocker at offensive guard and a convicted drug dealer.
Newton was a part of some of the greatest offensive lines during his times with the Dallas Cowboys. He was very strong and very powerful. He also had his trouble with the law after his career ended in 1999. In 2001 Newton was arrested multiple times on possession of marijuana chargers. In a five-week span, Newton was found with nearly 400 pounds of marijuana. He was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.
Most Eagles fans believed that several Cowboys players were doing drugs while on the team in the '90s. Newton's charges affirmed this. Newton has gone straight and stayed out of trouble since 2001, but that doesn't mean he will get any love from Eagles fans.
3. Michael Irvin
Michael Irvin was the source of a lot of hate during his career with the Cowboys against the Eagles. Irvin was one of the greatest receivers in the NFL, and no one was better at getting away with offensive passing interference than Irvin was.
Irvin had several brushes with the law including one during the 1996 season, when he was found and charged with cocaine possession in March. Irvin was suspended for the first games of the 1996 season. He would be arrested on drug chargers two more times after his retirement.
Irvin's career was ended abruptly in 1999 against the Eagles. He was tackled and fell to the turf in Veterans Stadium and suffered a serious neck injury. As he was carted off the field, some Eagles fans cheered after his injury.
It's never appropriate to cheer when an opposing player is injured, but the fact that Eagles fans cheered even though he might have never walked again tells you how little respect Eagles fans had for Irvin.
2. Deion Sanders
Never did the NFL see a great playmaker on defense and never did it see a bigger Prima Donna than when Deion Sanders played. Sanders was a great cover cornerback who quarterbacks stayed away from because of his ability to take any interception back for a touchdown.
Eagles legend Chuck Bednarik once said of Deion Sanders: "He couldn't tackle my wife." Sanders' soft play and diva-like attitude made him a very unlikeable character while with the Cowboys in the mid '90s.
Sanders finished his career with 53 interceptions, nine of which were returned for touchdowns. His unwillingness for proper tackling and run support made him appear like a diva on the field who was only interested in highlight plays, and that made him such a hated player by Eagles fans.
1. Jerry Jones
Nobody has pumped the Cowboys' arrogance into fans more than current team owner Jerry Jones. No owner is out in the front more than he.
Jones has been hyping up the Cowboys since he bought the team for $140 million in 1989. He received harsh criticism for firing former head coach Tom Landry and for being both a general manager and owner. He is an in-your-face type of owner who is involved in several phases of the team and can be seen on the team sidelines late in the fourth quarter of games.
Despite being one of the most successful sports owners, he has become one of the most hated sports icons. In a poll taken by Sports Illustrated in 2003, three states voted him the least favorite sports personality including the state of Texas.
His arrogance and some of his off-the-cuff remarks about former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson have made him very unpopular in Philadelphia. Jones said in 1993 following their Super Bowl victory that Johnson was "One of 500 coaches that could have won that Super Bowl."