The continued emergence of Dallas Goedert has been a breath of fresh air for the Philadelphia Eagles. The fourth-year tight end is enjoying the most productive season of his young NFL career. Not everyone was excited when Howie Roseman and the Eagles’ front office drafted Goedert. His father rooted for the Dallas Cowboys growing up, a big no-no, with his son playing in Philly.
Dallas Goedert’s dad was a huge Cowboys fan (hence his name)
It goes without saying that the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys don’t like each other. Their longstanding NFC East rivalry typically extends to the players’ families. For Dallas Goedert, things were a bit more complicated.
In a recent appearance on The Rich Eisen Show, the Eagles tight end opened up on his dad being a longtime Cowboys fan.
“My dad was a big Cowboys fan,” said Goedert. “He used to love them. I got him converted to an Eagles fan. It was tough. But he was a big Dallas fan, named me after the team. He wanted me to be a Cowboys fan, but I couldn’t do that.”
The South Dakota native realizes how ironic it is that his father named him after his hated NFL East rival.
“It quickly became one of my favorite rivalries that I’ve had,” Goedert added. “Hearing the Dallas sucks chants and things like that. It’s just pretty cool knowing that’s my name. You know they’re not booing you or whatever. Just having that name and as big of a rivalry it is, it’s a cool thing.”
It’s unclear if Dallas Goedert’s dad will secretly be rooting for the Cowboys when they face the 49ers. However, he’ll likely proudly cheer for the Eagles against the defending-champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Eagles are giving fans something to root for in 2021
The Philadelphia Eagles have overachieved in their first season under new head coach Nick Sirianni. The former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator has his team in a position that didn’t seem possible heading into 2021.
The Eagles entered the season with many unknowns, but they scratched and clawed their way into the NFL playoffs. Philadelphia finished the season with a 9-8 record, good for the No. 7 seed in the NFC. Even though the Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East crown, the Eagles have accomplished a lot in 2021.
Unfortunately, Dallas Goedert and company got the unlucky draw of facing Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round.
Tampa Bay is the favorite to win, which comes as no surprise. However, you can bet the Eagles are heading into the matchup feeling good about their chances to come out with a victory.
Even if this team is playing its last game this season, Philadelphia can rest knowing the franchise’s future is bright. The roster has several holes, but the Eagles still made the postseason. That’s encouraging heading into 2022 and beyond.
Goedert opens up on becoming Philadelphia’s TE1
The Philadelphia Eagles were high on Dallas Goedert when they selected him with the No. 49 overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Goedert produced moderately in his first few seasons in Philadelphia. The South Dakota State product recorded 137 receptions for 1,465 yards and 12 touchdowns from 2018 to 2020. He’s started to break out even more in 2021, catching 56 passes for 830 yards and four scores in 15 games.
The 27-year-old tight end posted his career-high yards per reception mark (14.8 yards per reception). Goedert has played most of his career alongside Zach Ertz, who the Eagles traded to the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the season.
Goedert opened up on his relationship with Ertz and becoming the No. 1 tight end in Philly.
“It was really exciting,” he said. “Being with him my first three years and the start of this season, I was able to learn a lot from him. Me and him have a great relationship. But when the trade happened, talking to Howie, it was really exciting for me, honestly.”
The 6-foot-5, 256-pound tight end gained plenty of confidence from the team’s belief in him as a player.
“It was a very big step in my career,” Goedert added. “To be the guy. The faith the organization had in me to deal Zach just showed me how much they respect me. From then on out, I was going to work every day, showing them that they made the right decision.”
Dallas Goedert’s continued development is a welcomed sign, as Jalen Hurts tries to establish himself as the franchise quarterback.