Eagles news: Avonte Maddox joins the press, Philly sports fans mourn Maxie Baughan's passing

Avonte Maddox tries his hand at a new trade, and as the Eagles enter another work week, we all pay our respects following the passing of a franchise legend.
Avonte Maddox, Philadelphia Eagles
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As we turn the calendar to the final days of August and begin anticipating a joint practice featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and Shane Steichen's Indianapolis Colts, hearts are a little heavy among Birds fans. Sadly, we have lost a proud member of the Eagles fraternity and family.

Maxie Baughan was a College Football Hall of Fame inductee and was also immortalized in the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame. Prior to that, he cut his teeth with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, becoming a Consensus All-American in 1959.

Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro reports he passed away on Saturday, August 19th of natural causes in Ithaca, New York. Here's where we can all smile. Spadaro also notes that he was surrounded by family. He was 85 years old. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Dianne, and their three children.

Eagles news: Here's a list of Maxie Baughan's on-field achievements.

Baughan was drafted in 1960's NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and went on to become an immediate starter on a team that won that year's NFL Championship. He represented the Birds proudly for five more seasons before moving on to play with two more franchises. He played with the L.A. Rams (1966-1970) and in Washington in 1974 as part of an unexpected comeback after retiring from professional football in 1971.

Make no mistake about it though. He's an Eagle through and through. He was voted to nine Pro Bowls. He was also named First-Team All-Pro twice and as a member of the Second-Team All-Pro roster five times. He may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.

More Eagles news: Avonte Maddox may have a career in media once he decides to hang up his cleats.

Let's end this one on a high note and with smiles. As mentioned earlier, the Colts visit this Philadelphia this week. A joint practice comes on Tuesday. Indy and Philly lock horns in a preseason finale come Thursday. Unsurprisingly, the Birds are all smiles.

Two best friends, tight end Dallas Goedert and starting slot cornerback Avonte Maddox, shared a media moment as select Eagles players met with the Philly media on Saturday.

It's always awesome to watch those two interact and have fun with one another. As members of the same Eagles draft class, they were roommates at the dawn of their careers, but after Avonte signed a three-year, $22.5 million extension in November of 2021, a day or so after Dallas signed his four-year, extension worth $57 million, the only reason they would ever need to be roomies again would be if they were just desirous of one another's company.

Hey, tax brackets can change. Brotherhood is forever though. We can't wait to watch both play this season. By the way, there has been no record of a Dallas Goedert drop at practice. We're still researching that, but we have yet to hear of one.

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