FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Philadelphia fans infamously booed Santa Claus and yet Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel, a former Eagle making his homecoming on Sunday, has insisted for weeks now that some of the country's toughest fans will cheer him when he and his unbeaten team takes the field as an opponent on Sunday.
"Oh, they better cheer for me," Samuel said. "They're going to cheer for me. Or we're going to have a problem right there in Lincoln Financial Stadium.
"All y'all fans, all I did for y'all, y'all better cheer for me. You know what I mean? Deuce here, got nothing but love for you."
In a session that proved more performance art than interview, Samuel pulled on a helmet in the Falcons locker room to address the media. A carnival atmosphere reigned as teammates watched in amusement and hooted him on.
The four-time Pro-Bowler said the helmet was to help him tone down his notoriously over-the-top personality.
"Got a little personality issue, so that's how I got to do the int...