Zach Ertz should rewrite Philadelphia Eagles record books in 2020

Zach Ertz (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Zach Ertz (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Philadelphia Eagles fans might be comparing Ertz to a Hall of Famer in 2020.

If you’re like some Philadelphia Eagles fans, prior to the announcement of what will be an induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame that’s long overdue, some of you may have taken for granted that Harold Carmichael already had a bust carved. As a matter of fact, no one would have held your feet to the fire if you made the mistake of assuming he had already joined the ranks of football immortals.

Soon, Carmichael’s enshrinement will be complete. Soon, the man who is already a member of the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team, the Philadelphia Eagles’ 75th-anniversary team, and the Eagles Hall of Fame will offer NFL fans everywhere a speech that will be symbolic of him joining football’s most exclusive fraternity. Hopefully, that will be followed by a season if great Eagles football.

Philadelphia Eagles fans might hear Ertz and Carmichael mentioned in conjunction a lot this season.

Carmichael’s resume is a lengthy one. He’s a member of both the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Florida Sports Hall of Fame as well as the SWAC Hall of Fame and the Black College Football Hall of Fame. He’s also Philadelphia’s all-time leader in career receptions with 589.

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Nipping at his heels is a man in the Eagles’ record books is a man who’s quietly been working on a Hall-of-Fame resume of his own. Zach Ertz isn’t a shoo-in for football immortality yet, but when his playing days are over, who knows? This could be a different conversation.

He’s racked up 525 career receptions in his seven-year run with the “Birds”, and another 65 in 2020 could place him atop the list in that category.

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It isn’t a stretch to think that it could happen. Since his second season in 2014, he’s never caught less than 74 passes. 2018 and 2019 were his best seasons a pro as he set the NFL record for receptions in a single season by a tight end with 116 in 2018 and hauled in another 88 receptions last season despite missing Philadelphia’s regular-season finale due to injury.

2020 could be a special year for the Philadelphia Eagles and for their star tight end. We already know that life will never be the same for Mr. Carmichael.