This is a story for @FakeWIPCaller. New Eagles quarterback
and real WIP caller Matt Barkley will wear the number 2 on his uniform this
season, the first player to do so for the franchise since David Akers.
Just how big of a deal was this exactly? Barkley revealed to
the radio station during an interview on Wednesday that the Eagles actually
called Akers to make sure it was okay with him.
There’s two ways to look at this. One, obviously Akers was a
very good place kicker, not to mention human being, during his 12 years in
Philly. It was a simple sign of respect.
The other reaction: really?! Did anyone remember to call
Correll Buckhalter and check whether it was okay that safety Earl Wolff got his
vaunted number 28?
We like David Akers and all, but this kicker worship is a
little out of control sometimes. In fact, we hear the team is prepared to commission
a statue of Akers mid-kickoff once he’s retired, with a tiny Brian Dawkins
running down the field with the rest of the coverage unit.* It's not super accurate, but Akers was a legend larger than life itself after all.
Meanwhile, Akers joined the Lions this offseason after being
cut by the 49ers, and we’re still wishing him all the best. Even if we are
having a little fun at his expense today.
*We have not heard
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In today's "Five Minutes with Roob," Reuben Frank chats with Eagles safety Corey Graham:
Roob: We’re here with Eagles safety Corey Graham. Welcome to Philadelphia.
Graham: Glad to be here.
Roob: I didn’t realize when you missed a game earlier this month you had a streak of 159 straight games played plus six playoff games so 165 consecutive games. A little hammy, how tough was it to see that streak end?
Graham: It was tough. You don’t want to think about stuff like that too much but obviously, things happen. You are thinking like, 'It's just a little hamstring, I can play through a hamstring,' and you don’t want to miss a game or anything like that when you haven’t missed one. I tried to play through it the game before and that is when I messed it up a little more and tore it. It wasn’t smart for the long haul.
Roob: You've been around the league and you played on some different teams, what is the feeling you get in this locker room? You have been on a Super Bowl team. What do you think so far? The team is doing well.
Graham: Very impressed. Offense, defense, special teams. Guys are flying around and are very upbeat. We are a great team. We need to stay on pace and we need to continue to work our butt off. Don’t get too high because things can always start out great and things can get bad. We just have to take it one game at a time and not believe all of the hype and the noise going on outside of this locker room.
Roob: I've got to ask you about probably the best game you ever played. Correct me if I am wrong. Playoff game against Denver in the AFC Conference semifinals in 2012, you had two interceptions off Peyton Manning, a Hall of Famer, one was a pick-six and the other was in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal. You went on to the semifinals and then won the Super Bowl (with the Ravens). Was that the greatest game you ever played?
Graham: An NFL game, yes. I had a better game in high school. It was my greatest NFL game because it was on the big stage and everything was on the line. We knew we had to win the game and I was just glad I was in position to make some of those plays. That’s how it goes sometimes. It was a great experience and I was glad we were able to go on and win the whole thing. It was a great ride, I loved being a part of that team and I loved everything I could do to help.
Roob: It was a little surprising Buffalo let you go since you played well last year. You were on the street a lot longer than a lot of people expected. How difficult of a process was it in the offseason leaving there and not really knowing where you were going to end up and then you came here and fit in real quick?
Graham: It was difficult being released because no one wants to get released. But when it was all said and done, I could have signed with someone right after, but I wanted to wait and spend some time with my family. That is why I prolonged it a lot until the end of July. Being released by the Bills in my hometown and wanting so much to go to the playoffs and end that streak. That was one of my biggest goals and to not accomplish that, it sucked.
Roob: You are in Year 11 now and you have played your best football in your 30s. You've made a Pro Bowl as a special teamer. As far as playing safety and defensive back, what still drives you in Year 11?
Graham: I love the game. That is the reason why I signed here. I wanted to be part of a good team and a good organization. I love being around the guys. We're having a lot of fun right now and we're enjoying the game of football. I just want to go out out and make a difference and that’s what pushes me. I want to be great, enjoy the game and play it the right way. When all is said and done we want to win. The last few years in Buffalo, we didn’t make the playoffs those three years. Leaving Baltimore after winning the Super Bowl and going home and not winning sucks. And no one wants to be a part of that. No one wants to lose. I want to win.