Former Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson had the pleasure of announcing Dallas’ 60th pick in the NFL Draft last Friday night, and he did so in epic fashion.
Pearson, who played for the Cowboys from 1973-83, thanked Eagles fans for “allowing me to have a career in the NFL” and then gave shout-outs to Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett, “all the Cowboys players that played before me, that played with me, that played after me,” and he reminded folks that the Cowboys are five-time world champions.
The response in Philadelphia, well, it wasn’t good.
“I didn’t realize the impact of what I said at the time,” Pearson said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I didn’t realize it until I got back to the green room and all those other NFL players that are waiting their turn to go up and make their announcements started cheering me. I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ Then I looked at my phone and it’s like blowing up. All these text messages, the phone is ringing, I couldn’t understand what was going on.”
Pro Football Hall of Fame voter Rick Gosselin, who is based in Dallas, phoned Pearson to tell him that he was trending worldwide.
“I’m like 66 years old. I don’t even know what trending means,” Pearson said, laughing. “All this social media stuff, I don’t get into that. I’m on Twitter and Facebook and all that, but I don’t manage it. I have someone that manages it for me because I understand how powerful it is and you got to be involved with it. But I had no idea that it took off like that.”
Eagles fans were quite angry at Pearson, who returned to his hotel – with protection.
“When I walked out to go to the car to head back to the hotel, I had two escorts – well, not escorts, police escorts,” Pearson said, promoting laughter from Gio and Jones. “I didn’t have those kinds of escorts, but that might have been better. When I got back to the hotel, I had two more police escorts there waiting for me, security guys. They not only walked me into the hotel. They walked me on the elevator, made everybody get off the elevator and took me up and walked me to the room. The last thing they said was, ‘If you need anything, give us a call at the front desk. We’ll be waiting down here.’ It was pretty wild.”
That 60th pick, by the way, was Chidobe Awuzie, a defensive back prospect out of Colorado.