Recently, the NFL Network and NFL Films released their top ten Philadelphia Eagles of all time, and we have a list worthy of being the topic of discussion at any barber shop or water cooler.
Have you ever gotten a chance to watch any of those NFL Top 10 shows on the NFL Network? They’ve found a way to keep both the casual and die-hard fan watching and talking. Recently, they released their Top Ten Philadelphia Eagles of all time.
See? You’re already interested, and we’re only a paragraph into this one. Let’s not waste a ton of time here.
How about we count them down in reverse order to make it more dramatic?
Here’s the list.
Some one will argue whether Randall deserves to be on this list or right outside of it, but the fact that we’re still debating that fact after all of these years may be a good enough reason to put him on the list.
He dominated the game in his era. He’s still all over the Eagles’ record books. He holds the team record for catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Here’s a guy that doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Count them, 127 straight games with a catch.
8. Jerome Brown
Sometimes, it’s hard to watch Fletcher Cox play without thinking of Jerome Brown. Many moons ago, when Buddy Ryan put together one of the most feared defenses of all time, he placed Brown in the middle of his defensive line, and how he went, so did the Eagles.
We just didn’t get to see him play long enough.
This is the truth. Tommy McDonald can be placed in any era of professional football and be a nightmare for defensive coordinators. He was five-foot-nine, but he came up big in huge moments.
Come on. You had to see that last line coming.
6. Pete Pihos
Here’s a guy that led the NFL in receiving for three straight seasons. No other Eagles receiver has ever done that, not even Harold Carmichael.
How cute. Donovan McNabb comes in at number five. He went from being booed when the Eagles selected him to being booed when he left. Let’s be honest. Some Eagles fans are still sour when ‘Number 5’ is brought up, but trust us.
Time heals all wounds, and some day, we’ll all look back on McNabb’s career and remember him fondly. He was an Eagle through and through.
This one’s an obvious entry on the list. We can argue about where he should fall, but there isn’t an Eagles fan on the planet that would vote him off of it.
He’s the only man in history of this league to have more than 25 interceptions, more than 25 sacks and more than 25 forced fumbles, and he’s probably number one on the list of the most beloved Eagles of all time.
He isn’t just one of the greatest Eagles of all time. He’s one of the greatest players in the history of our favorite game. Period.
He had speed and power, and after his eight seasons were over, he was the league’s all-time leading rusher.
2. Reggie White
Who cares how it ended in Philly? Reggie White is an Eagle, and no other Eagle will ever wear the number 92 again.
Boys and girls, he had more sacks than games played, including 21 sacks in a 12-game strike-shortened season in 1987.
‘Concrete Charlie’ played a little football and worked as a concrete salesman during the offseason. He played on both offense and defense, and if you tell any Eagles fan that he’s on the top of the list, you won’t hear an argument.
He commands that level of respect.
Just in case you want to see the particulars we’ve got you covered:
Video courtesy of the NFL Films’ YouTube page
It’ll be fun to revisit this list in about 20 years to see if any of the current Eagles make the cut. In the meantime, we get to watch their careers as they unfold.