Drew Pearson says Goodell encouraged him to troll Eagles fans at NFL Draft

Easily one of the top highlights from the 2017 NFL Draft weekend was former Cowboys star Drew Pearson taking the stage, in front of thousands of Eagles fans, and uncorking his best WWE trash talk while announcing Dallas' second-round pick.

He was just feeding off the crowd, and it was an incredible moment. 

A bevy of former Eagles players did not appreciate the move, while the Cowboys war room was absolutely ecstatic to watch Pearson put Philadelphia on blast. 

Wondering what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell thought of the whole thing? He encouraged Pearson to do it in the first place. 

According to Pearson, who relayed the story on Pro Football Talk Live Monday morning, before he went on stage he checked with Goodell and the league to see if it would be cool to do a little inter-divisional trash talk. 

"I'm thinking he might say, 'Oh, no, don't say anything like that, that might get them too fired up, might cause a riot out there in that crowd,'" Pearson recalled. "But to my surprise, he encouraged me to say that and to get the crowd even more riled up."

Eagles fans will probably take this as a sign that Goodell hates Philly, but he was doing the same thing himself during the early part of the first round.

Goodell egged them on to start the draft, saying "Come on, Philly, come on!" when Eagles fans weren't booing him loudly enough before the first overall pick.

What Goodell realizes is that having a juiced-up fanbase as the backdrop to the draft, with thousands of fans screaming and booing throughout the whole weekend, made for an incredible scene.

It was like some music festival. Coachella or Lollapalooza meets the NFL Draft. It was a roaring success for the league, being outside, with thousand and thousands of Eagles fans (and fans of other teams) pouring into the NFL Experience area to cheer, boo and generally crank up the atmosphere. 

Pearson and the other former stars only helped make it better, which is precisely why Goodell encouraged him to do so.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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