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Moose Johnston says Philly fans still give him the finger

Daryl Johnston

**CAPTION CORRECTION - CORRECTS SPELLING OF DARRELL TO DARYL** COMMERCIAL IMAGE - In this photo taken by AP Images for Dick’s Sporting Goods, former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston shakes hands with Evan Collins, 4, of Flower Mound, while signing autographs at Dick’s Sporting Goods , Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, in Flower Mound, Texas. Johnston and Dick’s Sporting Goods have teamed up to raise awareness and provide baseline testing for concussions among young athletes. Visit for more information. (Brandon Wade/AP Images for Dick’s Sporting Goods)


Some things in the NFL never change, and some NFL players know even after they’ve been retired for more than a decade that they’re going to get the same reception in certain cities where they played.

For former Cowboys fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston, that means that when he goes to Philadelphia to call Eagles games in his role as a FOX analyst, he still gets the same one-finger salute they gave him when he played for the Cowboys from 1989 to 1999.

“They flip me the bird in Philly,” Johnston said on KTCK-AM 1310, via the Dallas Morning News.

But for the most part, Johnston says, his fame with the Cowboys gets him welcomed no matter where he goes.

“It’s good,” he said. “There are Cowboys fans everywhere. People recognize me as Moose. I think that’ll always be a part of who I am. It’s fun. We have Cowboy fans in Washington, New York, Philadephia, all over the country. When you talk about America’s Team, I think the moniker for the Dallas Cowboys really fits because we have a fan base that extends to every city.”

So the Cowboys do have fans in Philly. It’s just that those fans are outnumbered by the ones who give Johnston the finger.