DeMarco Murray and Miles Austin are experiencing the other side of the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry for the first time.
Austin spent eight seasons with the Cowboys before playing for the Browns last season after being released by Dallas. He signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Eagles in the offseason.
Murray spent four seasons with the Cowboys, signing a much-ballyhooed five-year, $42 million deal with the Eagles in free agency after leading the league in rushing last season.
“I’ve never been one to read or listen to what other people are saying,” Murray said Wednesday. “Obviously there’s some type of hatred on both sides. I’ve been on the other side and being here, kind of whispers here and there. But I think that’s with any rival. I don’t think that’s just with the Cowboys. I think the Redskins and the Cowboys, the Giants and the Eagles. I just think this whole division there is a lot of hatred going around. It’s a little crazy, but it is what it is. Obviously, from an individual standpoint, you can’t get too caught up in all of that.”
Austin, who earned more than $19 million with the Cowboys, was asked Wednesday if Cowboys fans have as much hatred toward the Eagles as Eagles fans have toward the Cowboys.
“I’m not a Dallas fan,” he said.
True to their natures, both Austin and Murray insist they have no extra incentive playing their former team. Austin said it was neither “strange” nor “weird” to be on the other side of the field.
“Obviously, I was in Cleveland last year, so I haven’t played with those guys in quite some time,” Austin said, “but I know how big of a game it is, and we’ve got to prepare that way and be ready.”
Murray said Philadelphia is home now.
“I definitely feel like I’m settled, and this is definitely home for me,” Murray said. “I’m very excited about this opportunity to play here. It’s been great. It’s been great since I signed here. The people in this organization, the fans obviously everyone has been awesome.”