It won’t be easy, but two Philadelphia Eagles legends, Eric Allen and Troy Vincent, have been given the nod and are now nominated for enshrinement into Canton.
For two legends in Philadelphia Eagles lore, the climb to football excellence has never been easy. Their playing days have long been over, and they still don’t get the credit they deserve. Perhaps this will make Troy Vincent and Eric Allen smile. They’re two of the best to ever play the position of cornerback for the Eagles, and now they’ve been given their nominations for enshrinement into Canton.
They are among 15 defensive backs, legends in their own right, who will be added to the fraternity that is the members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The other 13 names belong to an array of great talents and include Bob Sanders, Darren Woodson, Steve Atwater, Ronde Barber, LeRoy Butler, Terry McDaniel, Tim McDonald, Troy Polamalu, Albert Lewis), John Lynch, Nick Collins, Merton Hanks, and Rodney Harrison.
If Allen or Vincent are added, they’ll have to beat out some pretty stiff competition. It would be nice to see them both get in, but it’s also highly unlikely.
Their career resumes are as follows:
Eric Allen: Allen appeared in 217 career games with 214 starts. He’s recorded 789 total tackles, 54 interceptions, three sacks, six forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries, and nine defensive touchdowns. Add that to six Pro Bowl nods (1989, 1991–1995), a First-team All-Pro nod (1989), and a very public endorsement from Deion Sanders.
He’s a member of the Eagles’ 75th Anniversary Team and the Eagles Hall of Fame.
Troy Vincent: Vincent appeared in 207 career games with 200 starts. His resume looks like this: 794 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries, 47 interceptions, three defensive touchdowns, five Pro Bowl nods (1999–2003), a First-team All-Pro nod (2002), a Second-team All-Pro nod (2001), and a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award (2002).
He’s also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Hall of Fame.
Other notable former Eagles on the list include Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, Jeff Garcia, Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters, Keith Jackson, Seth Joyner, Brian Mitchell, and the greatest kicker in Eagles history, David Akers. If it was up to eagles fans, they’d all get in.
Next up, this list of 122 names will be slimmed down to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in January of 2020. The 2020 enshrinement class will officially be announced on February 1st.