He was Philly's top free-agent pickup two years ago, and he was going to be the fulcrum for a mighty offensive line. Instead, 29-year-old center Steve Everitt remains an enigma. In '97 he sprained a knee and an ankle in training camp, and those injuries nagged him all season. Last year he missed the first three games with a broken foot. Everitt, an abstract and surrealist painter in the off-season, says this will be his year. "I know my role this year is to be the leader," says Everitt, "even though I've never been a big cheerleader type."
"I understand artists," coach Andy Reid says. "My father was an artist. They keep things pent up, and sometimes the only way they can express themselves is through art. I told Everitt, 'I want you to express yourself on the field.' I watch the way he's been working and the shape he got himself in, and I know he'll be fine."