The only person maybe more excited in the home of Dallas defensive tackle Cedric Thonton for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia is his soon-to-be 9-year old Cedric Jr.
Thornton signed with Dallas as a free agent after spending five years with the Eagles. His son has circled the date on his calendar ever since the schedule came out.
Ironically, it's one day before his birthday.
"It's a big a game," Thornton said. "My son’s birthday is the day after that game. He is a huge football fan and knows the history of the Cowboys-Eagles rivalry. He will be 9 on Halloween. He had been waiting on it. He wants us to be beat them. He has played the Eagles and Cowboy over 100 times on Madden. He says we come out with the victory. Hopefully, he is right."
Thornton wants the win to keep the Cowboys' five-game winning streak going and keep them atop the NFC East race. But he also wants bragging rights against his former teammates. He said the trash talk has already begun via SnapChat.
Thornton said this game means more than just a normal game.
"I definitely want to beat them," Thornton said. "Any time you play against somebody you know and have history with you definitely want to beat them."