Clyde Simmons, Seth Joyner to be inducted into Eagles Hall of Fame
Wait. Clyde Simmons and Seth Joyner aren’t already in the Eagles Hall of Fame?
Maybe we took this one for granted. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where two of the great Philadelphia Eagles may have been forgotten about by the Eagles’ brass. They’ve definitely been on the minds of anyone who calls themselves an Eagles fan and are over the age of thirty. Maybe it’s one of those things we took for granted. We just assumed Clyde Simmons and Seth Joyner were already in the Eagles Hall of Fame.
Now that we think about it, we probably would have remembered that halftime show.
Let’s look back at ‘Buddy Ball’.
May he rest in Heaven, but let’s be honest. Buddy Ryan never won anything Eagles fans care about. He was mean. There were talks that he created ‘Bounty Gate’ before there was ‘Bounty Gate’, but there was that ‘Body Bag Game’ too.
That was the night it seemed as though half of the Washington Redskins‘ team was carted off on stretchers. That’s why we love Buddy Ryan.
He never won a playoff game. Sure, some things were out of his control (a fog settling in on Soldier Field for instance), but when he came to Philly, he said he was going to create the nastiest defense in football. He was, then, going to take that defense and ride them to a Super Bowl. All Randall Cunningham had to do was make a few big plays.
For all of his failures, Ryan aced that part about the nasty defense.
This just makes it official.
We often discuss ‘The Minister of Defense’, Reggie White. We often look back to Jerome Brown and wonder what could have been. No one will ever forget Eric Allen. Yes, he’s already in (we checked). Make no mistake however. Those Eagles defenses got a huge boost from Simmons and Joyner.
Both played eight seasons. Both gave it everything on ever snap. Now, many moons later, those two make their way into the Eagles Hall of Fame. Let’s take a walk down memory lane:
They’ll be inducted on September 23rd of this year when the Eagles take on the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field. Congratulations are definitely in order.