Culture shock

Eagles rookie Jordan Davis explains his biggest culture shock in Philly

Eagles rookie Jordan Davis has only been a Philadelphia athlete for a month and a half, but he’s quickly proving he’s one of the city’s most dynamic personalities.

Davis likes to crack jokes at press conferences, he smiles constantly, and he apparently needs a little help navigating the city.

The first-round pick hopped on former Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long’s Green Light podcast this week to discuss a number of things — Greek mythology, Philly cheesesteaks and more — in a brief chat. but excellent. The entirety is worth listening to.

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But the funniest moment came when Long asked Davis if he had made any major purchases since being drafted and signing his first-ever NFL contract in May, which included a signing bonus of nearly $10 million.

Davis said he was looking for a place to live and explained that he was considering things like tolls if he chose to live in New Jersey.

And that conversation led Davis to reveal his biggest adjustment from Peach State to the Delaware Valley:

“I’ll tell you what was the biggest culture shock for me, it was the ban on turning on red. Coming from the south, you stop at a light, you can turn right and you say to yourself: “Okay, boom” and keep pushing. But it’s like you’re just sitting here – and not to incriminate me or anything, but I made a few mistakes, I turn right on red and I’m like, ‘Ooooh, I just saw the sign.'”

To everyone at PPA reading this blog: don’t even think about it.

I love that from Davis. The culture shock wasn’t that people in the Northeast are gruff, it wasn’t that you couldn’t find a good cookie, it wasn’t something like that: it was the code of the road.

Which answer.

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As someone who lived in Georgia for a year, I can absolutely confirm that these drivers are not here to wait. They leave this intersection as soon as humanly possible.

Every time Davis speaks, I can’t help but stop and listen. He’s such a great personality to have on the team.

Oh, and if you were wondering what Davis had to say about cheesesteaks? He says he’s tried Tony Luke and Dalessandro so far, but he thinks the Eagles setup makes the best cheesesteak in town.

“I would say it’s Philadelphia’s best-kept secret, the establishment’s cheesesteaks,” Davis said. “If you have a connection in the building, man…that’s crazy.”

Look out, Craig LaBan.