Roman Gabriel has had quite the NFL career. He’s a four-time Pro Bowler, former All-Pro and even achieved winning the NFL MVP award in 1969. Looking back at his long, 16-year NFL career, Gabriel was quite a stud – but he was most productive with the original Los Angeles Rams.
It wasn’t until the 12th season of his career when Gabriel joined the Eagles. And at that time, it seemed as though his best days were beginning to get behind him.
The first season in Philly was a bit of a success, as Gabriel led the NFL in touchdown yards and passes in 1973. After that, though, he slowly regressed for the following four seasons until he decided that enough was enough and started up a career in coaching.
Gabriel finished up his NFL career with an overall winning record, but with the Eagles, he struggled to keep them in the winning column outside of his comeback year in 1973.
Had he been with the Eagles throughout the beginning of his career, we would expect to be placing him much higher on this list. Some could argue that Gabriel deserves a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Although he’s made it into the College Football Hall of Fame for his contributions at NC State, he hasn’t secured a place in Canton, Ohio. Many campaign for his bust to be added there, but he doesn’t quite have the sea of Eagles fans on his side, considering his best days were played elsewhere in the league.