7 Pro Football Hall of Famers who could have been Philadelphia Eagles

If only life had a reset button like a video game console. If we could rewrite history, the Eagles most certainly would have added these Hall of Famers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Philadelphia Eagles - September 8, 2003
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Philadelphia Eagles - September 8, 2003 / Al Messerschmidt/GettyImages
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Ray Lewis, Hall of Fame class of 2018

By ignoring Warren Sapp, the Eagles passed on one of the Miami Hurricanes' favorite sons. They passed on another when they ignored Ray Lewis. Can you imagine what might have been?

This one's a little tricky. No one should be shocked by Philly's selection. More often than not during the Andy Reid era, Philly took an offensive or defensive lineman during the NFL Draft in Round 1. Jermane Mayberry was the choice at the 25th overall selection. Lewis was taken one spot later. He was a Secon-Team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler in 2002, but it's hard not to look at Ray Lewis and wonder what might have been.

Philly doesn't really take linebackers in Round 1. They haven't done so since Jerry Robinson was the choice in 1979. Still, Ray is a guy that probably should have made an exception to land.

Then again, as mentioned earlier, it's hard to be upset about the selection of Mayberry. He appeared in 112 regular-season games with 96 starts. He was the starter in ten of his 11 postseason game appearances.

Lewis, however, racked up two Super Bowl wins, a Super Bowl MVP trophy, two NFL Defensive Player of the Year Awards, seven First-Team All-Pro nods (1999–2001, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009), three Second-team All-Pro (1997, 1998, 2010), and a spot on 13 Pro Bowl rosters (1997–2001, 2003, 2004, 2006–2011). He's also a member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and the NFL's 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Yes, at the risk of sounding disrespectful, we would trade Mayberry to add Ray Lewis. It would have fun to watch him do all of that in an Eagles jersey.