One dozen of the most underappreciated Eagles in franchise history

Eric Allen, Philadelphia Eagles
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Tommy Thompson

The Philadelphia Eagles have played football for more than 90 years. During that time, we have gotten to know several great quarterbacks: Sonny Jurgensen, Norm Van Brocklin, Ron Jaworski, Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Nick Foles, and Jalen Hurts, among others. It's easy to get into a conversation about Eagles QBs and never bring up Tommy Thompson, but what's crazy about that statement is he's one of those guys we should always discuss.

Prior to winning the franchise's first Super Bowl, the Eagles won three NFL Championships. Tommy Thompson was the quarterback during the first two wins in 1948 and 1949. His personal stats never set the world on fire, which is probably why we never talk about him, but Philadelphia enjoyed w 31-8-1 record with him under center. Thompson also crafted the NFL's top passer rating in 1948 and 1949. From where we're sitting, that sounds like reason enough to view his run with the Birds as a success.

Al Wistert, Steagles (1943), Eagles (1944 – 1951)

Al Wistert, like Eric Allen, has been snubbed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters for quite some time. Frankly, that's truly unfortunate and a travesty.

He's a two-time NFL champion (1948, 1949), a First-Team All-Pro (1944–1949, a two-time Second-Team All-Pro (1950, 1951), a member of the 1950 Pro Bowl Team, and a member of the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team. His Number 70 Eagles jersey is retired. He's a member of the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame, but somehow he hasn't taken his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We honestly for the life of us can't figure out why that's the case.