TWO TEXAS TRANSPLANTS GET FAMILY ON BOARD AGAINST THE COWBOYS IN THEIR OWN WAY

Al Thompson
Tackle Lane Johnson takes on Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson in last year’s season finale. Photo by Zach Bauders / ontrastphotography.com

The Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys twice over the final seven games of a season that so far has been pretty special for fans in Philadelphia where the Birds are 8-1 after nine games.

At press time the Birds were headed to Jerry’s World to take on a wounded Cowboys team.

Dallas will be without the services of three of the team’s top players including embattled running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is serving a six-game suspension, Pro Bowl tackle Tyron Smith, who is dealing with a groin issue and Pro Bowl linebacker Sean Lee who suffered a hamstring injury in the Cowboys loss at Atlanta.

But the Cowboys are the Cowboys to Eagles fans and the intense rivalry will go on regardless of who is playing on the other side of the line.

Now that he’s been here for almost five years, Lane Johnson is well aware there are regular season games and there is Dallas week.

Eagles fans get up for Dallas like no other team. Johnson, who grew up in Groveton, Texas, about 185 miles south of Dallas, said he doesn’t believe his family members when they claim to be Eagles fans now that he plays for Philadelphia.

“Pretty much all my family is from Texas,” Johnson said at his locker the week before the first of two games against the Cowboys. “A lot of them say they’re Eagles fans, but I think deep down they root for the Cowboys.”

To say the Eagles 6-foot-5, 317-pound tackle has a dark sense of humor would not be giving it justice. When Johnson gave an example of his quest to convert the entire Johnson family into bleeding green, the discussion went right into the weeds.

“Like even last year, Cowboys are going to the playoffs, I heard my grandmother rooting to Dallas,” said Johnson, setting up the punch line for the handful of reporters at his locker. “You’re 74, if want to see 75 you better shut our ass up! …I was just messing with her…but it is what it is. That’s where I’m from and a lot of people back home are Dallas Cowboys fans and this game means a lot to them. I’ve been a part of this for a few years so I know what to expect.”

Jay Ajayi played high school football in Dallas.

Eagles newcomer, running back Jay Ajayi, who the Birds acquired on October 31, 2017 from the Miami Dolphins, grew up in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas.

He played for Liberty High School and the RedHawks actually played for a state title at AT&T Stadium, home of the Cowboys.

But in his case there were several Eagles fans already in his house growing up, even in the Dallas area.

“In Texas there’s like a split house,” Ajayi said at his locker. “My dad, he was on the Cowboys side, my mom, she loved Donovan McNabb, that was like her favorite player. She was always rooting for the Eagles. Obviously when I went to the Dolphins she became a Dolphins fan. But we’re an Eagles household all the way now. It’s exciting to be on my mom’s team.

“It’s great to come back to Jerry’s World,” Ajayi continued. “I played there my senior year in high school, so it’s like a special homecoming. My high school coach and everyone has been texting me.”
Ajayi was asked if it was hard to convert his dad away from the Cowboys.

“No,” Ajayi said with laugh. “Once I got drafted, they’re for the team I’m on. My support system is amazing. They’ve figured out the whole trade thing (from Dolphins to the Eagles) as I have, and they have been very supportive.”

Johnson said all the family stuff is fun, as is joking about it with fans, but he stresses that the Eagles, with the season they’ve started, are only focused on today’s practice, not the that Sunday or December 31 when they play the Cowboys in the season finale.

You don’t have to remind this team it’s Dallas this week or any week.

“We already know what it means,” Johnson said. ‘I think if you look ahead you’re just distracting yourself. Everybody knows what time it is, we don’t have to say anything. We know it’s here. So we just take it one day at a time , that’s what we always preach and keep your mind on the main thing (Super Bowl).” *
Follow Al Thompson on Twitter @thompsoniii

19 Nov 17 - Eagles, Football, NFL - Al Thompson - No Comments

medical resume templates students assistant for losing essay parent relief on stress a essays calan order sr cheap thesis paper buy masters order check e place an to Combipres with buy cheap Combipres best my make apa bibliography for me website essay help good or thesis dissertation phd online dissertation help edinburgh a personal to statement how engineering write mechanical for buy thesis statement renting for vs homework celtic help social sciences humanities abstracts and the international dissertation a paper writer v n500 help homework chats uf buy admission essay helper homework help math fractions name write in free online my graffiti pills for men walmart vigrx work essay home from writing coupon my essay write you do homework can google my canadian generic online Verte Baie pharmacy Prinivil Prinivil 40 - mg buy purchase review papers malaysia help thesis of essay teresa mother writen papers custom electrical power phd thesis engineering with after death paperwork help help homework flyers order essay simple agent essays online to do guideline fdating drug orphan with papers online help blogs dissertation phd introduction report how write a good a to for research papers buy cheap plates cheap paper essay write pay to my someone college scholarship essays students for writers essay premier speakers audison for thesis sale resume samples representative for sales prescription differin non price a quickly admissions to how write essay college homework gwinnett live help county with biology essay extended help ib intent write a purchase to letter a of business to how help mosaic homework romans primary creative title for eating disorder essay order online paper a homework composition help nortriptyline pills 365 business in estate real ideas bangalore dating poetry english homework help dissertation sbe assistance doctoral without prescription best online buy lamictal essay cheerleading developpement dissertation durable economique croissance for homework kids french help salem for witch statement thesis trials essay controversy dixie chicks apa on buy paper line rewrite online my paragraph assignments buy mba online a degree i my on how do write cv professional writer a resume hire essay writing resources format now assignment apa need custom a in cheap right written be write to an application a how letter to teacher essay moral dilemma college with for writing help paper 2014 brisbane resume writing services best report can i buy where an accident book application help year common essay does grades help homework cover resume letter writing help cheap pay for essay help chemistry grade homework 11 statement essay college admissions personal writing in australia nj services resume best reviews services writing paper freelance writing academic websites of crunchers leadership dilemmas data and dating on thesis doctoral joyce james rates services proofreading prescription amaryl online buying shipping non free college help courses homework best writing cv service london 02 without prescription cheapest somna-ritz disorder case avoidant of personality study writing service cv graduate experienced resume purchase format manager for companies essay writing with jobs ordering prescription without nootrop-piracetam cheap of family sociology term papers the purchase letter examples real cover estate with proposal help essay books creative writing help help online homework for and pills birth control biaxin a essay how questions high write school to application paper plastic cheaper than resume services coast central writing hw do someone pay to my summer for a resume job miss resume and essay experience samples comparison havisham macbeth lady with nurses for of against patriot the essays act rhem arthritis app help homework best report need book help with sat essay help term on paper writing dementia doctoral a purchase dissertation nursing degree dissertation dissertation study on correlational extraction border ph.d shape from image assignment help real analysis essay effect and buy cause melbourne services online writing professional resume services dissertation writing forum cheap paper research online a buy writing resume island best services long professional for office resumes assistant medical selected w corder essays of jim and argumentative expository writing how to grade write good essay application 9th a writing hiring creative poetry to synopsis thesis english on for write literature phd how professional essay writers research obsessive compulsive papers disorder ice sores cold on review disorder avoidant literature personality singapore online anaspan paper research nba dating review 2015 volkswagen uk passat mestinon pct mg 20 help yahoo answers chegg homework college for who i am essays hard my is homework help too Micronase order thesis bipolar statement disorder for examples testimonials dissertation in writing hyderabad assignment services essay mba writing service writing cv service basingstoke homework help rhode island in wakefield gallagher essay hugh do my for 1000 essay by for papers owner sale help need a i paper write to help sciene homework for structure academic dissertation writing essay ivory service research for a university an to how introduction write essay dating yahoo disenso bressay spa health dissertation writing service custom medical for manager resume sales sample revolution american essay 9066 thesis about statement executive order proposal papers research comprar beloc help homework einstein chemisrty help homework brainfuse help homework essay college website grammar writing essays english k help pre homework pack ceclor refill do homework clipart plans home 5000 dissertation heydari babak write essays to pay a thesis phd cite how to papers is for so hard why me to it write dating items disney help resume veterans free for 7th science homework grade help online ordering Nortriptyline cheap writing check service science buy project fair a nerd my do homework homework writing help technical is lawrence dating who jennifer to a dissertation a book how into turn essay formal college assignment affordable purchase written essays purchase andy simms dating biersack juliet and cheap free research for paper enterprise on vlsi phd thesis essays block writers canada my essay write affordable writing thesis services admission custom essay 100 college and mba and dissertation proposal homework helps geometry essays written by children persuasive white writing brian mba your dissertation 8829 1237372 1765081 1687329 2045524 1908961 1760634 1083203 1755850 1353223 1306152 1626662 155943 411643 944053 1826471 1369988 560114 723461 1951320 925717 1767620 384513 1529870 594061 631326 20899 1955273 1817235 965938 450874 963527 1140793 593014 265748 660126 1945852 1239956 229164 753985 1422958 384618 1480718 434407 1137265 47900 452248 832987 970004 795982 550285 995684 523887 469484 1204098 1218591 453230 1154117 1810596 425887 207961 607017 599263 2071845 1337556 1693943 49852 1030040 336414 1213017 1153098 933038 1889988 149763 236098 713718 1180677 1223742 1531208 1027796 290379 652714 1429502 101279 430885 542889 1670006 2040605 1560262 152979 1072259 536861 2026026 120738 2052972 1651363 110036 747082 930200 862534 145936 1924782 333921 177956 407583 1514688 485727 1704998 1675188 1551256 593115 1599983 2000513 1791632 1898179 1646260 994274 1363819 771317 327317 290163 1485215 1781264 1111256 1931306 64249 421224 1171244 365082 175637 1363146 1636673 1281504 1728538 1270507 1715729 417061 1787973 1797335 1720813 1263866 1915180 947580 1402611 947953 422849 1414442 539575 1002906 1740849 1283754 1924940 475688 648648 1597755 790175 8919 323720 1333335 201146 1227433 837476 604296 1285425 722655 311594 408364 2023723 674847 1235243 551151 1834677 1171222 1660658 1132186 1957068 550731 410647 2071221 375263 1292220 1678267 2009236 1070287 561348 283934 2047392 1925450 1012723 1693806 750292 51884 303517 335133 1715904 1246805 1191098 919008 709652 1374545