Drew Pearson was urged to troll Eagles fans at last week's NFL Draft in Philadelphia.
The former Cowboys wide receiver told PFT Live on Monday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged his comments before announcing Dallas' second-round selection of Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie on Friday.
“I’m thinking he might say, ‘Oh, no, don’t say anything like that, that might get them too fired up, might cause a riot out there in that crowd.’ But to my surprise, he encouraged me to say that and to get the crowd even more riled up,” Pearson said of his conversation with Goodell.
Pearson, who was a four-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XII champion after going unselected in the 1973 draft, made the pick "on behalf of the five-time world champions" to a chorus of boos. The louder the crowd got, the louder Pearson yelled.
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Pearson spent his entire 10-year playing career in Dallas before taking on coaching roles and executive positions following his retirement.