The defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will welcome the arch rival Dallas Cowboys this Sunday, and Jason Kelce is already stirring the part as their Week 10 contest nears.
Kelce - the center and anchor of the Eagles' offensive line - appeared on 94.1 WIP-FM (h/t Nick Shook of NFL.com), in Philadelphia and took shots at the Cowboys organization and its fans.
"I would say mostly I just don't think a lot of players, in particular me, just don't really like the franchise, the organization, what is stands for -- what it's always stood for," he said. This goes back to the lockout when they were getting replacement players, how outspoken the Dallas Cowboys franchise was in ending that."
The two organizations first met way back in 1960, so the rivalry itself is closing in on 60 years. This feud doesn't have as much team as the Eagles-Giants or Redskins-Cowboys, but make no mistake - the two franchises still despise one another.
"I've just never really appreciated what the organization -- and what its fans really stood for," Kelce explained. "A lot of fair-weather people from across the country that just kind of fell in love because they're winners instead of having any type of emotional connection to the team whatsoever."
The Cowboys earned the moniker of 'America's Team' in the '70s, as Roger Staubach and legendary coach Tom Landry led them to a pair of Super Bowl championships. All these years later, and other NFL teams and fans challenge and question why Dallas is still called America's Team.
For one, the Cowboys still have one of the strongest fan bases in North American sports. A huge portion of Dallas road games are loaded with Cowboy fans. And even if they haven't had any success over the last 20 years, the fans still help sell out Jerry's World (AT&T Stadium, with a capacity of 100,000).
But Kelce and the Eagles have had to put up with non-stop talk and praise about the Cowboys, who haven't had much to show on the field over the last 10 years. The defending Super Bowl champions will have a chance to put the dagger in their playoff hopes when the meet in Philly this Sunday.