One dozen of the most underappreciated Eagles in franchise history

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William Thomas, 1991 - 1999

Andy Reid, Jim Schwartz, and Howie Roseman may have never thought linebackers were important, but Buddy Ryan certainly invested in the position. In William Thomas, he found one that covered like a strong safety.

Nine of Willie T's 11 NFL seasons were spent in an Eagles jersey. He appeared in 140 regular-season games, a franchise record for linebackers. He started 129 of those games and collected 13 interceptions from 1993-96. No other NFL LB snagged more than eight during that same span.

He finished his Eagles career with 18 picks before adding nine more in two seasons with the then-Oakland Raiders. He also notched 37 sacks.

Andre Waters, 1984 - 1993

Utter the name 'Dirty Waters'. Every Eagles fan knows who you're talking about. During the late 80s and early 90s, opposing offenses weren't looking forward to seeing Philadelphia on their schedule. Andre Waters played a huge role in that being the case. Anyone traveling the middle of the field did so with their head on the swivel.

Andre's story ended in tragedy as he took his own life on November 20th of 2006, Theory states that his style may have led to numerous concussions and, eventually, depression, but anyone who saw him play can attest to his greatness.