Philadelphia Eagles: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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RB. (1960-67). Timmy Brown. 29. player. 54.

Timmy Brown is a man of many talents. For some, he’s known as Timothy Brown, the singer. For Eagles fans, he’s the star running back of the team in the 1960s. The Indianapolis native would play his college ball at Ball State before being a 27th-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 1959 NFL Draft. After just one game with the 1959 Packers, Brown would make his way to the City of Brotherly Love.

Brown would play his eight best NFL seasons of 10 with the Eagles beginning in 1960. In his first year with the Eagles, Brown would be a part of the 1960 NFL Championship team in Philadelphia. However, his role with the Eagles wouldn’t really take flight until a few years later. Don’t worry, Brown would end up being a three-time Pro Bowler in Eagles uniform, beginning in 1962.

Brown also returned kicks for the Eagles during his playing career in Philadelphia, finding pay dirt six times as a special teams player. As a runner, Brown accumulated 3,703 rushing yards on 850 carries in eight years with the Eagles, rushing for 29 touchdowns. As a pass catcher, Brown had 21 receptions for 3,346 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Overall, Brown had 61 touchdowns in Eagles uniform over an eight-year span. He would win a second NFL championship as a member of the 1968 Baltimore Colts, retiring after his team got upset to the New York Jets in the famous Super Bowl III. Brown made the Eagles’ 75th Anniversary Team and is a member of the Eagles Hall of Fame. Though a great player in his own right, Brown will likely reside in the Hall of Very Good and will probably never achieve Canton enshrinement.