December 09, 2011
Fourth-round pick Casey Matthews has struggled in his first season in Philadelphia, not living up to the lofty expectations his surname carries. While his brother Clay stars in Green Bay and his uncle Bruce has a bust in Canton, Casey has played mainly on special teams throughout the Eagles' disappointing 2011 campaign.
Recently, that led to his hometown fans taunting his fiancee. He told Philly.com's Les Bowen that she was with her aunt and young cousin:
"They harassed [them] and made my fiancee cry. It's tough. It's frustrating. That's just how they are here. If you win they love you, so I guess we've just got to turn things around and just start winning again."
Matthews should be upset. Heckling a family wearing the jersey of a player is low, even for Philadelphia. But part of me thinks some of this is on Matthews. If you know the way some fans at the game can get, why do you let your family go to the game wearing your jersey? You might as well draw a big target on their back under the words "heckle me." Don't wander into the lion's den and then complain when you get bit.
This news came out the same day Philadelphia fans were voted the toughest in football. A Sports Illustrated poll asked 321 current NFL players that question and Philly received 20 percent of the vote. The Eagles' cross-state rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, were second.
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