Former Saskatchewan Roughriders’ linebacker Derrick Moncrief went head-to-head with former Riders teammate Sam Eguavoen in his NFL debut and ignored the noise.
Leading into the Week 8 match-up during the 2020 season, Eguavoen had Moncrief’s phone buzzing, but there were no responses from the other end. Moncrief was focused on playing in his first career NFL game.
“That’s the thing man, I’m blowing Crief’s phone up the whole time. No text back, no text back. I’m on kick-off, he’s on kick return, I’m trying to talk smack to him, he’s not saying nothing back to me. I’m like, ‘Ah Crief relax, it’s still football — relax,'” Eguavoen said on The Rod Pedersen Show.
“All week I had to be locked in. I knew it was one opportunity, I had to come in and try to dominate as much as I can. I talked to him after the game,” Moncrief said on The Rod Pedersen Show.
The pair were linebackers with the Riders and lived together in Canada during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. One year after Eguavoen made the Miami Dolphins roster, Moncrief joined his former CFL teammate south of the border with the Los Angeles Rams.
“It wasn’t until after the game where we finally just chatted it up and he was like, ‘Man, eh, I was just trying to focus dawg, you’re over here talking to me.’ It was all love, I know he was focused,” Eguavoen said.
Moncrief made LA’s practice squad coming out of training camp and was activated for Week 8. Special teams coordinator John Bonamego delivered the news on the first day of practice that week. LA had the Dolphins next on the schedule, which meant Moncrief made his NFL debut against Eguavoen.
“It’s my second year, it’s his first game, and there was no NFL pre-season,” Eguavoen said. “He played physical, aggressive, he was annoying on the field. Somehow we always ended up one-on-one versus each other.”