If only the Philadelphia Eagles could travel back to 1995 and hit the reset button.
As mentioned, Mike Mamula never made a Pro Bowl. He was never a First-Team All-Pro. On the other hand, Sapp went to seven Pro Bowls (1997–2003). He was also the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1999, a four-time First-team All-Pro (1999–2002), a two-time Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1998), and he’s a member of both the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team as well as its 2000s All-Decade Team.
Don’t forget about that Super Bowl he won with the Bucs either, one in which Tampa beat the Birds in the NFC Championship Game to get there.
Mike Mamula, on the other hand, is Philadelphia’s Ryan Leaf, their Tony Mandarich. Mike Mamula is arguably the biggest draft bust in Eagles history based on what they gave up to get him and who they ignored in the process (the Eagles also missed out on Hall of Famers Ty Law and Derrick Brooks).
Even if you disagree with the fact that Mamula is this team’s biggest bust, you can understand where the argument for why he is comes from, but here’s what’s the most mind-boggling part of all of that.
The trade that brought him here isn’t the worst trade in team history. That trade came almost 24 years earlier, and it tops the list of unexplainable misses.