Drew Pearson: Roger Goodell encouraged my trolling of Philly fans

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One of the best moments of the NFL draft came when the great Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson, invited to Philadelphia to announce a Cowboys pick, embraced the hate he got from Eagles fans. Pearson may have been the only man on stage to hear more boos than NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and Pearson says Goodell loved it.

Pearson appeared on PFT Live this morning and said that before he decided to talk a little trash to the Philadelphia fans, he ran it by Goodell backstage, and Goodell was on board.

“I’m thinking he might say, ‘Oh, no, don’t say anything like that, that might get them too fired up, might cause a riot out there in that crowd.’ But to my surprise, he encouraged me to say that and to get the crowd even more riled up,” Pearson said of his conversation with Goodell.

Pearson said the NFL provided him with a strong security presence just in case the Philadelphia fans had gone crazy. As it turned out, he and Goodell were hit with nothing worse than boos.

98 responses to “Drew Pearson: Roger Goodell encouraged my trolling of Philly fans

  1. ….no doubt Drew….
    He, just like the potus, are remarkable showmen!

    #ubeenduped

  2. You gotta respect the NFC East though they have a lot of championships.

    Dallas: 5 Lombardis
    NYG: 4 Lombardis
    Wash: 3 Lombardis
    Eagles: uh…. never-mind

  3. I loved it. Great moment in the draft. The Philly phans were so loud it nearly drowned out Pearson.

  4. Did Roger also encourage him pushing off Nate Wright in the 1975 NFC Championship game?

  5. It’s like WWE…extreme reaction, positive OR negative, is much better than no reaction.

    I guess.

  6. I can’t speak for everyone but to me personally the draft was better without all the spectacle. I can’t say that I’ll be watching the draft in future years.

    It’s almost as if the NFL is trying to get fans to stop watching their various events. Whoever produced this draft should never be retained to do television ever again.

  7. As if the Philly fans didn’t have it coming to them. Their history of throwing snowballs at Santa and cheering Irvin lying motionless on the field is despicable and then this draft where the fans decided to make it about themselves is truly sad.

    But the Philly fans can always console themselves with memories of all their Lombardi trophies, oh wait, never mind.

  8. As if the Philly fans didn’t have it coming to them. Their history of throwing snowballs at Santa and cheering Irvin lying motionless on the field is despicable and then this draft where the fans decided to make it about themselves is truly sad.

    But the Philly fans can always console themselves with memories of all their Lombardi trophies, oh wait, never mind.

  9. Goodell is a good guy. Sad that patriots fans can’t see that when their boston homer glasses obscure the great job he’s done for the league!

  10. Better than that Giants idiot jesse armstead who said the Giants were defending super bowl champs. Can’t make this stuff up.

  11. 49ersfury says:
    May 1, 2017 8:40 AM
    You gotta respect the NFC East though they have a lot of championships.

    Dallas: 5 Lombardis
    NYG: 4 Lombardis
    Wash: 3 Lombardis
    Eagles: uh…. never-mind

    Eagles: 3 NFL Championships…Two of them back to back shut outs.
    Sure they were ages ago, but they happened.

  12. As an Eagles fan I thought Pearson was great, it’s all a bit of fun and it was good of him give back as good as he got

  13. Since Dec 29, 1975 the word “great” being used to describe Pearson became relevant and will remain so till time ends.

    SKOLOL!!

  14. owlbania says:
    May 1, 2017 9:00 AM

    You gotta respect the NFC East though they have a lot of championships.

    Dallas: 5 Lombardis
    NYG: 4 Lombardis
    Wash: 3 Lombardis
    Eagles: uh…. never-mind

    Eagles: 3 NFL Championships…Two of them back to back shut outs.
    Sure they were ages ago, but they happened.

    _______________________________________

    you have to remember, for some reason anything pre-superbowl era doesnt count to NFL fans for some reason. sidenote: anything pre- 2001 doesnt exist to New England fans

  15. When it comes to iggle fans vs Goodell ,,I got Rodgers back everyday of the week and twice on Sundays !

  16. it was great! don’t be so serious! it was the NFL draft, not a funeral! what’d you expect in PHILLY???? too much scrapple impairs their decent!

  17. I don’t need any of the entertainment, I just want to know who got picked. However, Drew Pearson was the only thing I thought was awesome, other than the draft itself. I thought the Philly people totally lacked class. Wasn’t shocked.

  18. iejdaniel says:
    May 1, 2017 8:41 AM
    Did Roger also encourage him pushing off Nate Wright in the 1975 NFC Championship game?

    It was NOT the NFCCG, please search 1975-1976 NFC playoffs.

  19. Well. At least philly is the champs at something. Who knew misery could be so loud.

  20. The relentless booing is probably why Goodell has managed to catch teams like the Falcons pumping in fake cheering. The only time he hears it he knows it can’t be real.

  21. Goodell is a good guy. Sad that patriots fans can’t see that when their boston homer glasses obscure the great job he’s done for the league!

    _______________________________________

    exactly, and because of Roger destroying the evidence of years’ of cheating, the enabler Krafter was not forced to fire Belicheat, who got ZERO games. While Payton/Loomins got a combined 24 for something they had nothing to do with. Oh, but they presided over it. Once again, Belicheat got ZERO even though he presided over Marcia trying to change the football, which carries the same suspension length as a guy firing up a joint……but yeah, Roger really has it in for the Cheaters

  22. You gotta respect the NFC East though they have a lot of championships.

    Dallas: 5 Lombardis
    NYG: 4 Lombardis
    Wash: 3 Lombardis
    Eagles: uh…. never-mind

    ______________________________________

    Typical uniformed NFL Fan who knows nothing about NFL history. Championships did not start with the first NFL/AFL Championship game held in 1967.
    For your information, the Eagles have won 3 NFL Championships, — 1948, 1949, and 1960.
    To discount championships won before the NFL/AFL merger is not only wrong, it’s stupid.
    Using your philosophy, I guess Babe Ruth never won any home run titles either, huh?

  23. Goodell is such a moron. If I saw him give one more of those phony hugs to the players as they came on stage, I would have puked.
    He is so phony. The best part of the draft was watching the Philly fans boo him every time he walked out on the stage. I only wish I could have been there to boo him, too.

  24. Goodell and Trump seem to have so much in common. They think so highly of themselves and they surround themselves with people that will praise them 24/7.

  25. FINALLY. Another sensible person on this site. The unemployables just don’t like people that make money for WORK!!

    wib22 says:
    May 1, 2017 8:57 AM

    Goodell is a good guy. Sad that patriots fans can’t see that when their boston homer glasses obscure the great job he’s done for the league!

  26. Goodell encouraging Pearson to troll NFL fans? I cannot imagine the NBA or MLB commissioners acting in such a manner. Goodell is a stain on the league and it’s time for him to go.

  27. julyeast says:
    May 1, 2017 9:41 AM
    Goodell is a good guy. Sad that patriots fans can’t see that when their boston homer glasses obscure the great job he’s done for the league!

    _______________________________________

    exactly, and because of Roger destroying the evidence of years’ of cheating, the enabler Krafter was not forced to fire Belicheat, who got ZERO games. While Payton/Loomins got a combined 24 for something they had nothing to do with. Oh, but they presided over it. Once again, Belicheat got ZERO even though he presided over Marcia trying to change the football, which carries the same suspension length as a guy firing up a joint……but yeah, Roger really has it in for the Cheaters
    ________________________
    That would be a a bit harsh for a minor violation, don’t you think? A single camera being just a few feet out of position. Don’t forget, there were 32 teams doing exactly the same thing, yet ONLY the Patriots were punished. Denver was even caught doing it a couple years later and only got a slap on the wrist. Either punish every team equally, or don’t punish anyone.

    Here’s a great example: While Revis was under contract with NE, the Jets tampered on live TV, met with him on more than 1 occasion, and called him several times. $100K fine. KC made a single call directly to a player (not his agent) when he wasn’t under contract. $350K fine and loss of 2 draft picks.

  28. LOL at Philly fans that think their team sits with the big boys because they won some 8 team league championship back in the 40s. Simply Hilarious! Thanks.

  29. whatjusthapped says:
    May 1, 2017 8:56 AM
    “Their history of throwing snowballs at Santa and cheering Irvin lying motionless on the field is despicable ”

    ————————————–
    You mean 50 people throwing snowballs at a fake santa who was drunk and didn’t even have a hat on! ( We all know where the real Santa was)

    Irvin was injured and Deion Sanders was doing some stupid raindance religious thing over Irvin. Thats why we, yes I was there, booed. The guy is a clown. When irvin was carried out, everyone cheered for him. (But hey why report that happened right?)

  30. nyneal says:
    May 1, 2017 9:43 AM
    You gotta respect the NFC East though they have a lot of championships.

    Dallas: 5 Lombardis
    NYG: 4 Lombardis
    Wash: 3 Lombardis
    Eagles: uh…. never-mind

    ______________________________________

    Typical uniformed NFL Fan who knows nothing about NFL history. Championships did not start with the first NFL/AFL Championship game held in 1967.
    For your information, the Eagles have won 3 NFL Championships, — 1948, 1949, and 1960.
    To discount championships won before the NFL/AFL merger is not only wrong, it’s stupid.
    Using your philosophy, I guess Babe Ruth never won any home run titles either, huh?

    ***********************************************

    Even though he said “Championships”…he clearly meant Superbowls, since he called out “Lombardi’s”. Winning championships back prior to the merger wasnt that hard…..there were no divisions….so you only had to have the best record in your conference….it was the top two teams record wise playing for the NFL championship. The only playoff game you had to play before the championship game was if you tied another team in your conference, which for Philly only had 6 teams in 1960. So basically…Philly had to beat out 5 teams, then play in the championship with no playoff game before that. Since the merger and Superbowl era playoff system….its much harder to get to the championship game. So, yeah its fair to dismiss a system that looked nothing like the current way which is much more difficult…..and Philly fans like to tell Cowboys fans to stop living off the 90’s success…..well they can stop living off a “championship” from 56 years ago!

  31. mm556 says:
    May 1, 2017 9:02 AM
    As an Eagles fan I thought Pearson was great, it’s all a bit of fun and it was good of him give back as good as he got
    ____________________________

    exactly. its a freaking draft show and it gets boring with all the waiting! drew came out, fired up the crowd, made his pick, and left!

    his effect lasted so long that Dawkins and Westbrook brought it up the next day! it was some excitement and something to remember when they play twice next year!

  32. Just more proof the draft has become an over-hyped circus and that the NFL is getting a little egomaniacal in their own importance.

  33. Boorish fans deserve special negative attention…Eagles deserve better, don’t hold the draft in Philly until the next generation is able to replace these cretins.

  34. Goodell is such a moron. If I saw him give one more of those phony hugs to the players as they came on stage, I would have puked.
    He is so phony. The best part of the draft was watching the Philly fans boo him every time he walked out on the stage. I only wish I could have been there to boo him, too.

    ————

    The phony hug thing is the worst. I puked 3 times this year after seeing it again. I usually look away, but I forgot this year.

    Rozelle and Tagliabue never were such phonies.

    How do you hug someone like that who you barely know and just met?

  35. greg2geez says:
    May 1, 2017 9:38 AM
    Philly got no game. Love, Oakland
    =========================
    Oakland got no team.

  36. That would be a a bit harsh for a minor violation, don’t you think? A single camera being just a few feet out of position. Don’t forget, there were 32 teams doing exactly the same thing, yet ONLY the Patriots were punished. Denver was even caught doing it a couple years later and only got a slap on the wrist. Either punish every team equally, or don’t punish anyone.

    Here’s a great example: While Revis was under contract with NE, the Jets tampered on live TV, met with him on more than 1 occasion, and called him several times. $100K fine. KC made a single call directly to a player (not his agent) when he wasn’t under contract. $350K fine and loss of 2 draft picks.

    ———————-

    The dumb troll Goodell minion types with low IQs, haven’t quite figured out why Goodell’s punishments are all over the map, or the result of something completely manufactured (“Spygate” and “Deflategate”).

    If the Broncos handed out Gomer’s Chinese PEDs from Guyer, Goodell will still do nothing since he approved of Guyer as a PED source with his phantom “investigation” from last year.

    No one cares, as long as the Pats get harrassed, strung up and punished.

    They just want it done, they don’t care if it’s real or not.

  37. FYI – The NFL started in 1920

    Dallas: 5 Championships
    NYG: 8 Championships
    Wash: 3 Championships
    Eagles: 3 Championships

    FIFY

    And, no – trying to claim a Championship as not valid before the Super Bowl era is like saying pro football didn’t exist before the Super Bowl era.

    @weeteblog – By your logic we should delete all World Series prior to the introduction of the Wild Card.

  38. This article was about Goodell getting booed in PHILLY by PHILLY FANS and having an ex Cowboy handle the response for him. I have no idea where you got the Patriots in all that I suspect you skipped past the story on your scroll down to comment whatever you were dreaming up on the way.

  39. wib22 says:
    May 1, 2017 8:57 AM
    Goodell is a good guy. Sad that patriots fans can’t see that when their boston homer glasses obscure the great job he’s done for the league!

    ——————————-

    This article was about Goodell getting booed in PHILLY by PHILLY FANS and having an ex Cowboy handle the response for him. I have no idea where you got the Patriots in all that I suspect you skipped past the story on your scroll down to comment whatever you were dreaming up on the way.

  40. Goodell is the final boss. The NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS will never defeat him and solve the game. Code Codes are useless. The Pasterisks know that.

  41. Eagles fans are seriously going back to the 1940’s to claim championships?

    I’m sure the Eagles were hell when everybody was playing with leather helmets, but I don’t know if those championships can be counted.

  42. @ 49ersfury says:
    May 1, 2017 8:40 AM

    You gotta respect the NFC East though they have a lot of championships.

    Dallas: 5 Lombardis
    NYG: 4 Lombardis
    Wash: 3 Lombardis
    Eagles: uh…. never-mind
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Do you realize that Philly has beaten those teams virtually every year they won the SB? In Philly, we don’t win championships, we prepare opponents to win championships. A little reciprocation would be nice.

  43. @ whatjusthapped says:
    May 1, 2017 8:56 AM
    As if the Philly fans didn’t have it coming to them. Their history of throwing snowballs at Santa and cheering Irvin lying motionless on the field is despicable and then this draft where the fans decided to make it about themselves is truly sad. But the Philly fans can always console themselves with memories of all their Lombardi trophies, oh wait, never mind.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    The commissioner has been booed everywhere. That’s nothing new. Snowballs at Santa was circa 1964 at Franklin Field. No excuse for cheering Irving being hurt, so if 200 out of 70K cheered, then everyone is guilty, right? As for championships, we do have some, just not during the renamed SB era. Been there twice and lost. Hope to get back.

  44. philly462 says:

    You are right. Philly has no Lombardis, but we were the only NFC East team to beat Lombardi for a Championship.

    Thanks.

    ++++++++++++++++++
    You’re welcome, to hang your hat on a single game from 57 years ago is all you got, have at it.

    To put it in context, Lombardi took over a team that only won one game the year before he took over and had the Packers in a championship game two years later. After that loss, Lombardi famously said, “We will never lose another playoff game” and he was right.

  45. Goodell missed a master chance at really trolling Philadelphia. Goodell should have showed up wearing a Santa suit.

  46. Goodell wanted to distract all the attention that was given to him being booed by the crowd every single time he came out to announce a pick. Now, thanks to Drew “push-off” Pearson, the media has something else to talk about.

  47. Well it was the only marginally interesting thing to happen during the NFL Draft in about 15 years, so I’m sure Goodell is happy to take credit.

  48. Just shows you that half of what Roger is doing is on purpose to generate ratings and revenue. No question deflategate helped NFL revenues for example. Not even saying he conjured it from nothing, but he certainly perpetuated it long past what was necessary to the net benefit of the NFL. It’s a bit WWE now.

  49. I guess by the comments of some, you can only be a vocal fan if your team has won Super Bowls.
    Booing Pearson was great. He returning the favor was great. It’s not like most of the fans were old enough to watch him play. And it’s not like he hates any of them.

    But for every one talking crap about Super Bowls the Eagles didn’t win.. get over yourself. It’s not like you actually helped your team win one, so don’t blame the fans for the team not winning one

  50. wib22 says:
    May 1, 2017 8:57 AM
    Goodell is a good guy. Sad that patriots fans can’t see that when their boston homer glasses obscure the great job he’s done for the league!

    ————

    If you are going to troll, at least say something you actually believe.

  51. Just because Goodell encouraged it, I hope next year is all out war between the teams and take shots at each other. At least they can say Goodell allowed it in this year’s draft.

  52. It’s now official. Goodell is embracing the Vince McMahon role, and the NFL is quickly becoming a joke.

  53. The draft is getting to be a cringeworthy production. I liked it best when it was a weekend for the real football nerds out there to nerd out. Now it’s become a big prime time spectacle, there’s all this Goodell-encouraged Pearson vs Philly fans hullabaloo, and as much as I like the stories of the guy who brought his baby on stage, and the other dude with picture of his late grandmother, it all just felt…extra.

  54. A lifelong Redskins fan here. I can truthfully say that Drew Pearson and Roger Staubach are responsible for a lot of heartache, and if I had a vote, Pearson would be in the Hall-of-fame, because he was the greatest clutch receiver of his generation.

  55. Remember this thread next time you want to complain about Patriots’ trolls taking over a thread has nothing to do with them. The Patriots-hating trolls do it as much or more. I wish they all would quit.

  56. Loved it as a Cowboys fan and a football fan. This made the event more fun and a little smack talk is always good for competition!

  57. You gotta respect the NFC East though they have a lot of championships.

    Dallas: 5 Lombardis
    NYG: 4 Lombardis
    Wash: 3 Lombardis
    Eagles: uh…. never-mind

    ______________________________________

    Typical uniformed NFL Fan who knows nothing about NFL history. Championships did not start with the first NFL/AFL Championship game held in 1967.
    For your information, the Eagles have won 3 NFL Championships, — 1948, 1949, and 1960.
    To discount championships won before the NFL/AFL merger is not only wrong, it’s stupid.
    Using your philosophy, I guess Babe Ruth never won any home run titles either, huh?
    ________________________________\\

    Whatever gets you to sleep at night, I guess. Literally no one (except Eagles fans) gives a damn about what happened before the Super Bowl. I mean, really, your argument is ‘Well, yea, we won…57 years ago, when there were half of the teams’. Just stop. Your window closed 10 years ago, get over it.

  58. I thought the Pearson thing was fun. I understand trying some gimmicks to get more viewers, but I doubt any casual fan would want to watch day 3. Way too much time was spent on the Indy Zoo, and by the time someone tried to sing “Fly Eagles Fly” for the 15th time, it was old to fans of other teams.

    We also got to know how little education some of these guys got. Michael Ealy has no clue how to pronounce the name of the RB from Oklahoma his Redskins drafted. Andre Tippitt said “The New England Patriots serect….” George Teague said the Cowboys selected “Ryan Switzer, wide receiver, Nerth Carolina.”

  59. Its drew that actually looked bad… i mean seriously. The Cowboys are a terrible team. 2 playoff wins in 22 years and they still want all the damn attention. The draft wad in Philly (and philly killed it btw) you DONT get to take center stage Dallas!!!

  60. Take away Roger Goodell and there would be someone just as unpopular to take his place. Likely less competent than him though.

    His job is keep the league running smoothly and keep the money coming for the owners. When someone has to take the heat, he’s the only one in the kitchen. The league is as exciting as ever, and though there are still teams that tend to stay at the top of the league, it has become much easier for bad teams to turn it around.

    Really just don’t get why people have any animus at all toward Roger Goodell. He is only carrying out the will of the owners. Put anyone in there and they’d be doing the exact same things. Y’all need to step back and see the big picture. If you blame Roger for anything, you are the #1 dupe.

  61. aj66shanghai is right. All of these discipline things people are so upset about really are a league issue, not a Goodell issue, including Deflategate. Kraft pretty much said as much himself. Goodell just tries to keep the peace among the owners and take the heat – which he does.

  62. It’s been a championship drought for sure, 57 years, but the Eagles still have championships. Now don’t have a Lombardi for the superbowl era but that’s like counting out the Original Six in Hockey and their wins.

  63. “Literally no one (except Eagles fans) gives a damn about what happened before the Super Bowl.”

    I guess Johnny Unitas career has never been celebrated then because he mainly played before the merger.

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