The perfect current Philly athlete to hype up Eagles-Steelers


A big Eagles-Steelers game Sunday deserves a big open for Eagles Pregame Live.

Who better to hype up the game than a current Philly athlete who's spent the bulk of his career in Pennsylvania?

"I've repped the P on my hat in both sides of this state. So let me take a swing at this," Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen said in a video that will air tomorrow at noon on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

"The Birds going to the 'Burgh for a battle. Midnight green meets black and yellow. And it only happens once every four years. 

"Wings will be flapping, terrible towels will be waving. Pennsylvania pride is on the line. Big Ben's boys are unbeaten, but Carson and company are on the come-up."

McCutchen, who turned 34 on Saturday, spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Pirates. He won an MVP in Pittsburgh and finished in the Top 5 of voting four years in a row from 2012-15. Though McCutchen has become a fan favorite here, he'll always be linked to Pittsburgh.

The Pirates made the playoffs in three straight years from 2013-15, losing twice in the one-game wild-card playoff and once in the NLDS. They've gone 60 games under .500 since.

The Steelers made the playoffs in two of those years, 2014 and 2015, losing to the Ravens and Broncos. 

The last meeting between the Eagles and Steelers came the following year, 2016, when the Eagles destroyed them 34-3 at home. Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner combined for 25 carries, 121 rushing yards and 2 TDs. Darren Sproles caught a 73-yard TD pass from Carson Wentz.


That same day, McCutchen's Pirates hosted Bryce Harper's Nationals. Harper tripled off of Tyler Glasnow, the Rays' starting pitcher in their Game 5 win over the Yankees Friday night.