Eagles Notebook: Eagles know Runyan is a winner

U.S. Representative-elect Jon Runyan will represent N.J.'s 3rd Congressional District.
U.S. Representative-elect Jon Runyan will represent N.J.'s 3rd Congressional District.
Posted: November 04, 2010

It still seemed odd yesterday, envisioning the hairy-backed giant who used to trod the NovaCare carpet wearing only a towel and a pair of very large Crocs striding through the corridors of power, presumably in different attire.

"Good for him," Winston Justice, Jon Runyan's successor at right tackle, said the day after Runyan was elected to Congress as part of the 2010 Republican tidal wave. "He got right into something after he stopped playing. That's cool for him."

Justice, who votes in Florida and lives in Center City during the season, said he didn't know much about Runyan's platform or his race in South Jersey against Democratic incumbent John Adler.

"I see him on TV talking, and I'm shocked," Justice said. "More power to him. Me and Jon probably said two words to each other" in the 2006-2008 seasons, when they played together.

Tight end Brent Celek said he was surprised Runyan ran, "but when he did, I thought for sure he could do it. He's a hardworking guy that's smart, willing to work for the country.

"He didn't speak too much, but when he does speak, he knows what he's talking about."

Left guard Todd Herremans expanded on that theme.

"I could see Jon leaning that way toward the end of his career," Herremans said.

Why so?

"Just his understanding of things," Herremans said. "He always tried to dig a little deeper into things, try to get like a real solid understanding of them. You've got to understand things before you can make changes. So I think that'll help out."

"It's incredible," said strong safety Quintin Mikell, an Eagle since 2003, who played more games with Runyan than anyone on the current team other than kicker David Akers. "I never knew he was into politics like that until recently. I think he's an honest guy, he's a trustworthy guy. Whatever he says, he's going to do. He's going to fight for what he believes in. He doesn't say much, but when he says something, he does it."

Eagles coach Andy Reid said he was "a big Jon Runyan fan."

"I know you're getting honesty and integrity, toughness and all those things that come with it," Reid said.

Reid agreed that it was hard to envision Runyan heading to the House when he was an Eagle, from 2000-2008, because Runyan "didn't say much. Now, he has the floor, I guess."

Standing up for Don

Andy Reid was asked what he makes of the Donovan McNabb benching in Washington.

"I think everybody in here knows how I feel about Donovan. I've said it when he was here, I've said it when he left here and went to Washington - I mean, this is the greatest quarterback in our franchise's history, and this franchise has been around for a couple days," Reid said. "So there have been some pretty good players come through here, pretty good quarterbacks. And I respect the heck out of the guy. I really haven't spent much time with that [situation]. You know, I've been trying to concentrate on the Colts . . . But I think everybody knows how I feel . . . and how our football team feels about him. He's a phenomenal football player and a good person."

Birdseed

DeSean Jackson said he is wearing a new Schutt helmet, designed to help prevent concussions. He said his mother, Gayle, bought a Xenith model he didn't like. Riddell is the official NFL helmet, but players can wear other approved models as long as the logo isn't showing . . . Jackson, cleared by independent neurologist Dr. William Welch, practiced, but is taking a "day-to-day" approach to playing this week . . . Andy Reid said defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley is practicing with a brace on his damaged elbow. "We'll just see how he does through the contact," Reid said. After practice, Bunkley said he thought he did well. Asked if he has use of his affected arm, Bunkley said "somewhat" . . . Reid said he is "a big Randy Moss fan," but "I like the receivers we have right now." The Eagles did not put in a waiver claim for Moss, who went to the 22nd-picking Titans . . . Left tackle King Dunlap (knee) did not practice . . . Defensive end Trent Cole was named to the midseason All-Pro team chosen by Sports Illustrated's Peter King . . . The NFL Network's Top 10 players of all time, to be announced tonight at 9, includes defensive end Reggie White.

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