THE EAGLES INSIDER Q&A
In this edition of Eagles Insider Podcast presented by Lincoln Financial Group, Dave Spadaro sits down wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
The rookie discusses everything from food, the City of Philadelphia, and the experiences he has gone through at the start of his career in the
NFL. Check out the full interview below!
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DAVE SPADARO: How difficult is it for you to discipline yourself
from eating all of the outstanding food at the NovaCare Complex?
J.J. ARCEGA-WHITESIDE: “When I first started out, I was just
eating whatever I wanted. Obviously coming from college, whatever
we could get our hands on was the best for us. It was usually pizza.
Now, talking with the older guys, nutrition is everything. Everything
you put in your body, your body will respond to in a good or bad
way. Nutrition is definitely a big thing I’ve been focusing on.”
DS: What is your diet like?
JJAW: “I’ve taken some tests to see what I can and can’t eat.
Basically, I just eat healthy like anything green or lean.”
DS: What is life like being a 22-year-old in the NFL?
JJAW: “I think the biggest thing is growing up. I’ve lived with
roommates for the last four years in college and now you live by
yourself. You have to pay bills, wake yourself up to go to work,
be disciplined enough to go to sleep instead of staying up and
DS: Being a rookie, how do you not put too much pressure
JJAW: “At the end of the day, we’re just playing football. I
constantly have to remind myself that this is something I’ve done
since I was a kid. The only difference is some of the players are
better, a lot more people watching. Just having fun with it.”
DS: Have you been able to experience the City of Philadelphia?
JJAW: “I’ve gone out and around a little bit. I’ve gone to
different restaurants. I’ve gone to South Street, the mall in King
of Prussia, and even Jersey a couple of times. I try to get familiar
with my surroundings.”
DS: Do you feel the sports culture when you go out in this region?
JJAW: “Definitely. I usually take my parents out, if they come to
a game, to breakfast or dinner and they are still amazed how many
people are wearing Eagles stuff.”
DS: How much progress do you think you’ve made on the field
over the past few months?
JJAW: “I’ve definitely made progress, but there is still a lot more
progress to be made.”
DS: How do you think Carson Wentz deals with the highs and
lows that come along with being a quarterback in the NFL?
JJAW: “There is a reason why he’s in that position, because he
can handle the blame and the praise. He is one of those leaders that
you want in that position because you know he is going to handle it
well. He always has our backs and we always have his.”
DS: Have you maintained a presence on social media?
JJAW: “No, not at all. I’ve got off of it. Everyone has their
opinion, and it’s either just a constant torment of hate or love,
some days a lot worse than others. For me as a rookie, I was looking
into it wondering what people were saying. Then, it got to the point
where I don’t really care. I’m just going to go out there and be me.
I’m not going to let whoever’s opinion change who I am. A lot of
other players told me, I know you’re probably looking at that stuff,
but don’t do it because it’s only going to drive you crazy.”
DS: What did you do with the football from your first
JJAW: “Right now, I’m getting it painted. It will probably say
something like ‘First touchdown against the Miami Dolphins.’ Then
I’ll probably put it in a clear box and hang it up in my room.”
DS: Who is your best friend on the Philadelphia Eagles?
JJAW: “I don’t know, I’m really close with a lot of the guys, but
probably Nate Herbig. We came out of Stanford together.”
DS: How many suits did you buy when you became an
NFL pla yer?
JJAW: “I only had two. That was another reason I got off social
media because people started seeing that I only had two suits.
Now, I have about five, but it took me a little while to get them.”