Even if you’re the most die-hard of a football fan, no one would blame you if you were among the Philadelphia Eagles contingent that just assumed that Harold Carmichael was in the Pro Football Hall of Fame already.
He’s a four-time Pro Bowl nod (1973, 1978–1980), a two-time Second-team All-Pro (1973, 1979), a member of the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team, the Eagles Hall of Fame, and the Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team. In 1973, he led the NFL in receiving yards and receptions. He’s also earned honors as the NFL Man of the Year in 1980.
And that’s just what he did at the professional level. Discussing Carmichael’s achievements means that you also have to mention that he’s a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, the Southwest Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, and the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
On August 7th, his bust will find its way into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after he was named
Here are highlights of the Philadelphia Eagles legend’s huge day.
Talking about Harold Carmichael’s huge day doesn’t quite encompass the emotion. You have to see some of the highlights. Here are a few to whet the whistle. Everything got really real when the man who made the Number 17 jersey famous in Philadelphia got his gold jacket.
You have to see stuff like that and smile, but even if you aren’t, fear not. Harold’s smile is broad enough for all of us.
Looking good sir! Looking good! That gold looks nice on you. Some of you like stats, so here they are.
In 187 games as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles with 164 starts (that includes seven playoff game appearances), Harold Carmichael racked up 619 receptions for 9,450 yards and 85 touchdowns. Again, no one would blame you if, in your youth, you would have assumed that he was in the Pro Football Hall of Fame already. On August 7th, that wrong is corrected.
Harold Carmichael is one of the greatest Eagles to ever suit up for this team and one of the greatest wide receivers of all time. In January of 2020, he was elected to the Centennial Slate for the Class of 2020 as one of 10 seniors. Then, his induction was delayed due to COVID-19.
This is his moment, and he deserves it. Philadelphia Eagles fans everywhere will be watching. This young man has been ignored for far too long, but by the time you wake up on August’s second Sunday, that will no longer be an issue. Mr. Carmichael will be among football’s immortals, and ladies and gentlemen, it’s about doggone time.