Pearson, who played for the Cowboys his entire career (1973-1983), delivered Dallas’ 2nd round selection during Friday’s NFL Draft. Not surprisingly, he was greeted with intense boos from the crowd in the city he once thrived against: Philadelphia.
Pearson screamed into the microphone trying to overpower the Eagles fans’ boos with a series of taunts about the “five-time world champion Dallas Cowboys.” He thanked Eagles fans “for allowing him to have a career in the NFL” before sending his gratitude to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, current and former players and coach Jason Garrett for helping the franchise become what it is today.
The Cowboys picked cornerback Chidobe Awuzie out of Colorado with the 60th overall pick.
Watch the video of Pearson’s response to the hostile crowd below:
In his 11-year NFL career, Pearson played in 156 games and caught 489 passes for 7,822 yards and 48 touchdowns. He helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowl appearances, winning one in 1978 (Super Bowl XII).
Pearson, who went undrafted to the Cowboys out of the University of Tulsa in 1973, has been on the receiving end of some spectacular plays in franchise history.
Pearson saw the first action of his professional career in a game against the Eagles back in 1973. He replaced Otto Stowe after he went down with a broken neck in the game and didn’t look back the rest of the yar. He played in 16 games that season and caught 22 passes for 388 yards to go with 2 touchdowns and came back the next year for the best statistical year of his career.
In his sophomore season, he had career-best numbers in receptions (62) and receiving yards (1,087).