Jeff Bostic was on the radio this week, helping carry out the legacy of long-retired players talking about the Cowboys in the run-up to Dallas games. His interview can be divided into two-and-a-half parts: the Fun Part, the Serious Part, and the Hopeful Coda.
“Did you ever hate the Cowboys?” Holden Kushner asked Bostic on 106.7 The Fan. (Listen to it here.)
“I still hate the Cowboys,” Bostic responded.
“How much did you hate ‘em?” Kushner asked.
“Terrible,” Bostic said. “You know what I wanted to do a couple times? You know when Jerry Jones used to come down on the field, I wanted to run out of bounds and hit him.”
Bostic also talked about when the Redskins were establishing their bona fides in the early ’80s.
“I will say this, I think they respected us and we certainly respected them,” he said. “I think we gained their respect in the early ’80s. I don’t know if they thought they were God’s gift to football or something, and we were just a bunch of kids out of wherever….We were all about the same age, when the Cowboys thought they were God’s gift to football, and we finally earned their respect and started beating them.”
This happened after Bostic was asked why he never went ahead and plowed into Jones.
“I don’t know,” Bostic said. “I can’t do it now. It’s just walking that’s a chore now.”
Which led to a discussion of his health, which I wouldn’t describe as “fun.”
“I’ve got a knee that needs to be replaced,” he began. “You know, you pay a price playing in that league. Your body goes through things that most people can’t even imagine. You talk to any offensive or defensive lineman, and I think other than knees and shoulders, the number one thing that bothers you when you leave are your hands. I mean, I broke six fingers, I’ve had five surgeries, I need a knee replaced and I need my shoulder operated on again. And that’s pretty fortunate compared to some of the people that I see that have finished playing.”
So would he do it again? Bostic paused.
“I don’t think I would have changed anything,” he said. “You know, the information that’s coming forward now is a little alarming. And you’re at a point where maybe you’re starting to enter that part of your life. Was there maybe something that the league could have done to inform the players at an earlier time and taken some preventative steps? I would like to know how many times I was told, you know, you just got dinged. What is dinged? And there wasn’t any per-se post-concussion treatment afterwards. I mean, if you got knocked out on Sunday, you came back Wednesday, you were practicing.”
Eh, maybe hopeful isn’t the right word, but Bostic was mildly optimistic about the Redskins’ future and the improvements he’s seen in Robert Griffin III. And he said this, when asked whether he’s heard critics scoff that this rivalry isn’t as good as it once was.
“I don’t think it is right now,” Bostic said. “That’s not to say that it can’t be….Is it the same rivalry that it maybe was in the ‘80s and early 90s? Not right now. But it’s still Cowboys-Redskins, right?”