The man who wanted to buy the Patriots now resorts to not being embarrassed by them. For once, his wish came true. Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie pleaded with his players before Sunday’s game, making a special request of each of them individually and then again to the team as a whole, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer.
Before the game, Lurie went from player to player – as he always does – but this time with a fiercer, more urgent underlying message:
Do not embarrass me in my hometown.
“He was fired up today! I’d never seen him like that in front of everybody, ” said left tackle Jason Peters, an Eagle for seven years: ” ‘Play with a fire! Play angry! Go out there and let it rip!’ ”
Lurie, said Peters, was out of control.
That much wasn’t out of the ordinary, according to NESN, but given the team’s horrid play of late (the birds had given up 45 points in consecutive games, both losses, headed into Foxboro on Sunday), Lurie hoped to inspire his players to victory. His message to the locker room was seemingly simple: Do not embarrass me in my hometown. Apparently it worked.
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