The 50 Greatest Eagles of All Time

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The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the oldest franchises in the NFL. So many key players have gone through this city and this franchise. In honor of that, here are the top 50 Eagles of all time.

50. WR Fred Barnett

1990-1995

Barnett racked up 4600 receiving yards and 28 receiving touchdowns as an Eagle. He is 8th on the Eagles all-time receiving list. Good enough to earn a spot on my list.

49. LT Jason Peters

2009-present

“The Bodyguard” is 34 years old and has been an Eagle for 7 seasons. In that time, he has gone to 8 Pro Bowls and continues to play at a very high standard at the tackle position. He easily makes the list

48. HB LeSean McCoy

2009-2014

“Shady” played the first 6 years of his NFL career as an Eagle, and in those 6 years he managed to be named to 3 Pro Bowls, Lead the league in rushing twice, and TOUCHDOWNs once. He was traded to Buffalo last season; but we all wish he was still here. Another easy pick.

47. CB Bobby Taylor

1995-2003

Taylor was a big part of the Eagles dangerous secondary of the early 2000’s. In his 9 seasons with the Birds he totaled 19 Picks. Yet, somehow he is still the forgotten man. He makes the list.

46. HB Duce Staley

1997-2003

Duce ran for over 4000 yards and 22 TOUCHDOWNs as an Eagle in 6 seasons. Those numbers might not seem that impressive but believe me; its very impressive considering some of the teams he played on earlier in his career. He is currently the Eagles Running Back coach.

45. CB Sheldon Brown

2002-2009

If you aren’t an Eagles fan, then you probably know Brown as the guy who laid one of the biggest hits in football history on Reggie Bush. If you are an Eagles fan then you know Sheldon Brown as a hard-hitting, aggressive CB that helped the Birds to 4 playoff appearances in his time here. He gets a spot.

44. FB Keith Byars

1986-1992

Byars is often overlooked because he was never really a big name. But he should go down as one of the most versatile Full Backs to ever play the game. He played TE, he played RB, he played WR, and wow could he block. If you’re an Eagles fan; you know he deserves a spot

43. LT Tra Thomas

1998-2008

Thomas was the Birds starting LT for 11 seasons before he retired and was replaced by Jason Peters in 2009. During his tenure in Philly he started 99% of the snaps that were played. No question with this pick.

42. WR DeSean Jackson

2008-2014

Jackson will go down as one of the most controversial, yet clutch play makers in Eagles history. The Miracle in the Meadowlands play alone gets him a spot. He was released at the end of the 2014 season because of attitude problems. But he’s just another one we would like to have back.

41. K David Akers

1999-2010

David Akers was a top 3 kicker in the National Football League from the time he came to Philadelphia all the way until the time he left it. He is the Eagles all-time leading scorer. He deserves a spot on this list. But how high can you put a kicker.

40. DE Trent Cole

2005-2014

Whether its big game or NFL QBs… Trent Cole is a hunter. He is currently third on the Eagles all-time sack list. He was named to 2 pro Bowls as an Eagle and that’s why he makes the list.

39. TE Keith Jackson

1988-1991

Jackson spent just 4 seasons as an Eagle, but during that short time period he made sure his presence was felt. In 4 years he racked up 2,756 Receiving Yards and 20 TOUCHDOWNs. He makes the list.

38. FS Andre Waters

1984-1993

“Dirty Waters”

Andre Waters was a cornerstone around the “Gang Green” defense the Eagles had in the early 1990’s. He is known as one of the dirtiest and aggressive safeties ever to play the game. He represented the spirit of Eagles fans. For that alone he gets a spot on the list.

37. MLB Jeremiah Trotter

1998-2001, 2004-2006, 2009

“The Axe Man”

Jeremiah Trotter was loved in Philly mainly for one reason… he owned the Dallas Cowboys. Known for his “Axe man chop” after making a big play Jeremiah Trotter was one of the best Linebackers in football with the Eagles; totaling 636 tackles, 12.5 sacks, and 9 interceptions. No brainer here.

36. WR Mike Quick

1982-1990

Mike Quick played his entire 8-year career as an Eagle. During that time he was selected to 5 pro Bowls and caught 61 TOUCHDOWNs. He is currently the Eagles radio color commentator with Merrill Reese.

35. CB Herman Edwards

1977-1985

Herman Edwards was one of the best c in football during his time with the Eagles. He totaled 33 interceptions, which is one shy of an Eagles record. You may also know him for the first “Miracle in the Meadowlands” play in 1978. Another easy pick.

34. LB Maxie Baughan

1960-1965

Maxie Baughan was a 5-time pro Bowl Linebacker with he Eagles in the early to mid 1960’s. He is the only Eagles Linebacker ever to make a Pro Bowl in his first 5 seasons with the team. He also helped the Eagles to the 1960 NFL Championship against the Green Bay Packers.

33. CB Asante Samuel

2008-2011

“Mr Pick-Six” was the true definition of a ball-hawk. He averaged an inter caption per every 2 games as an Eagle. That’s an average of 8 interceptions per season. He led the league in picks twice as an Eagle and was named to 3 Pro Bowls.

32. HB Timmy Brown

1960-1967

Timmy Brown was a half back for the Birds in the early to mid 1960s. He led the team in rushing in his rookie season and helped the Eagles win the 1960 NFL Championship. He is also the only person in NFL history to return 2 Kick-offs for a TOUCHDOWN and a punt for a TOUCHDOWN… all in the same game. That feat alone gets him on the list.

31. DE Hugh Douglas

1998-2002, 2004

Hugh Douglas was a Defensive End for the Birds from the late 1990’s until the early 2000’s. He is currently 4th on the Eagles all-time sacks list with 54.5. He makes the list.

30. WR Harold Carmichael

1971-1983

Carmichael is still the tallest listed receiver in NFL history at 6’8. He is the Eagles all-time leading receiver and all-time leading Receiving TOUCHDOWN leader (Imagine DeAndre Hopkins, or Brandon Marshall just 10 times better).

29. RT Stan Walters

1975-1983

Stan Walters was an offensive tackle for the Eagles in the 70’s and 80’s. He started 122 consecutive games for the Eagles and was the definition of consistency at the Offensive line position in his era. No brainer for Philly fans.

28. FS Bill Bradley

1969-1976

Bradley was one of the only defensive stand outs during one of the worst eras of Eagles football in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He is currently tied for first on the all-time list for interceptions by an Eagle. Lots of easy picks.

27. RG Jerry Sisemore

1973-1984

Sisemore was a key cog in the Eagles offensive line when head coach Dick Vermeil took over in the 1970’s. Sisemore played 155 out of 156 possible games in his career. Consistency+Longevity=spot on the list.

26. LB William Thomas

1991-1999

Thomas was named to 2 Pro Bowls as an Eagle and is known as one of the great pass coverage Linebackers in NFL history. He finished his career as a member of the 20 Sack and 20 Interception club.

25. CB Troy Vincent

1996-2003

Vincent made 5 consecutive Pro Bowls for the Eagles from 1999-2003. He intercepted 28 passes as an Eagle and also won the 2002 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Shouldn’t be a surprise that his name is on the list.

24. MLB Seth Joyner

1986-1993

Joyner was most likely the best defensive player on Buddy Ryan’s vicious “Gang Green” defense of the 80’s and 90’s. He finished his Eagles career with 37 sacks and 17 Interceptions. He was also named NFL Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 1991.

23. HB Wilbert Montgomery

1977-1984

Montgomery is currently third on the Eagles all-time rushing list. He was probably the Eagles biggest offensive weapon in the 70’s and 80’s. He rushed for over 6,000 yards and 101 total touchdowns as an Eagle.

22. DE Clyde Simmons

1986-1993

Simmons was a key player of the “Gang Green” defense in the 80’s and 90’s but is often overlooked by his defensive line partners Reggie White and Jerome Brown. Despite that he is still second on the Eagles all-time sack list with 76 sacks. He makes the list.

21. LB Bill Bergey

1974-1980

Berger spent the last seven seasons of his career with the Eagles. He made the Pro Bowl 4 times out of those 7 possible years and was inducted into the Eagles honor roll in 1988. Eagles fans should’ve seen this pick coming.

20. LG Wade Key

1970-1979

Key, along with Jerry Sisemore, helped build the Eagles offensive line into one of the NFL’s best in the 1970’s. He was selected to the Eagles 75th anniversary team in 2007.

19. HB/DE/K Bobby Walston

1951-1962

Walston was one of the only players that ever played a major role in all three phases of the game. He was the Eagles starting half back, defensive end, and kicker in 50’s and 60’s. He rushed for over 5000 yards, recorded 35 sacks, and was the Eagles all-time leading scorer for a long time. His versatility gets him a spot.

18. CB Eric Allen

1988-1994

Allen was the definition of a shut down CB in his era. He is tied for first on the all-time Eagles interception list with 34. He was selected to 5 Pro Bowls as an Eagle and was named to the 75th anniversary team in 2007.

17. RT Jon Runyan

2000-2008

Runyan is regarded as one of the greatest Eagles offensive lineman of all-time despite only being named to one Pro Bowl. He is also regarded as one of the dirtiest players in NFL history and it was considered one of the scariest things in the NFL to be blocked by Jon Runyan. For these reasons he’s an easy selection.

16. QB Norm Van Brocklin

1958-1960

“The Dutchman” was the Eagles QB from 1958-1960. He is regarded as one of the best Eagles QBs because he was the last QB to win a championship for the Eagles back in 1960. He was selected to a Pro Bowl all 3 years he played as an Eagle. Championships don’t come easy in Philly, he makes the list.

15. LT Bob Brown

1964-1968

Brown was the first person to establish consistency at the Left Tackle position for the Eagles. He won Rookie of the Year in 1964 and is the only Offensive Lineman in the history of the game to win the award. He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

14. CB Tommy Brookshier

1953, 1956-1961

Brookshier was one of the leaders of the Eagles defense that won a championship in 1960 and played his entire career with the Eagles. He intercepted 20 passes, and had his jersey number 40 retired in 1984 by the team. Retired number= spot on the list.

13. RT Al Wistert

1943-1951

“Ox” was the best Offensive Lineman in football during his prime. He was the premier offensive lineman of his time. He was voted to the all 1940’s NFL team and had his jersey number 70 retired. Another easy pick.

12. TE Pete Retzlaff

1956-1966

“The Baron” is the Eagles all-time leading receiver at the TE position. He was named to 5 Pro Bowls as an Eagle and won the Bert Bell Player of the Year Award in 1965. He has since had his jersey number 44 retired.

11. HB Brian Westbrook

2002-2009

Brian Westbrook will always be a story of what could have been. He should go down as one of the most versatile half backs in the history of the game. But injuries slowed him down throughout his career. He rushed for almost 6,000 yards and almost 4,000 receiving. If he has stayed healthy we could be talking about a hall of fame.

10. QB Ron Jaworski

1977-1986

“Jaws” was the first Eagles QB ever to lead the team to a Super Bowl in 1980. They ended up losing to the Oakland Raiders. In 10 seasons with the Birds he threw for over 26000 passing yards and 151 TOUCHDOWNs. He is currently as ESPN analyst.

9. DT Jerome Brown

1987-1991

Jerome Brown was today’s equivalent of Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh; meaning he was the best DT in football. He finished his career with 29.5 sacks and 3 interceptions, huge numbers for a DT in this time period. Unfortunately in 1992 Brown was killed in a car accident. He finished his career with 2 Pro Bowl appearances and had his jersey number 99 retired by the team.

8. QB Randall Cunningham

1985-1995

“The Ultimate Weapon” paved the way for QBs like Michael Vick, Russell Wilson, and Marcus Mariota. A QB with an arm, speed, and running ability. He threw for over 22,000 passing yards and ran for over 4,400 yards in his Eagles career. He was named to 3 Pro Bowls as an Eagle. No doubt about this pick.

7. TE Pete Pihos

1947-1955

“Pistol Pete” was the Best TE in football during his 9 seasons with the Eagles. This is during an era where Tight Ends were viewed as blockers who could go out for a pass. They weren’t the stand out offensive weapons that they are today. Pihos led the league in receptions in ’50, ’52, and again in ’53. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

6. WR Tommy McDonald

1957-1963

Tommy McDonald was the last player (non kicker) to never wear a face mask. He can be described in one word… tough. He was only 5’9 but he had great hands and toughness which is what made him so great. He had 6,600 receiving yards as an Eagle and caught 66 touchdowns. He was elected to 6 Pro Bowls and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

5. QB Donovan McNabb

1999-2009

“Super Five” was without a doubt the greatest QB the Eagles ever had. He took the Eagles to their second Super Bowl trip ever in 2004 where they lost to the New England Patriots. He was named to 6 Pro Bowls in his career; all of them as an Eagle. He has his Jersey number 5 retired in 2014.

4. HB Steve Van Buren

1944-1951

“Super Sonic Steve” is currently second on the Eagles all-time rushing list behind Lesean McCoy and in front of Wilbert Montgomery. He rushed for 69 touchdowns as an Eagle. He was also a 4-time rushing champion, 6 time Pro Bowler, 2-time NFL champion, and 1945 NFL MVP. He has since had his jersey number 15 retired. It’s hard not to put him in the top 5 with those numbers.

3. DE Reggie White

1985-1992

“The Minister of Defense” was, is, and will always be the greatest defensive lineman in the history of the NFL (for my money). Reggie started his career in Philadelphia and was instantly a star under Buddy Ryan’s defense. Philly loved him, and he loved Philly. He is the Eagles all-time sacks leader with 124. He is the only person in NFL history to rack up 20+ sacks while playing in fewer than 12 games in a season. He was elected to 8 Pro Bowls as an Eagle, led the league in sacks twice, won a defensive player of the year award and had his jersey number 92 retired. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

2. SS Brian Dawkins

1996-2008

“Weapon X” is without a doubt the most loved, and physically dominant athlete in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles. He was named to 8 Pro Bowls as an Eagle, and was voted the hardest hitting safety in NFL history by ESPN. If there was one way to ever make a crowd in Philly go insane it was to watch the “Wolverine” come out of the tunnel. He had his jersey number 20 retired in 2013.

1. C/LB Chuck Bednarik

1949-1962

Chuck Bednarik was a part-time concrete salesman from Bethlehem Pennsylvania during the week. Sunday he was “Concrete Charlie” starting center and Linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. He made the transition every week for 14 years, and represented what it meant to be tough and he was a local guy so everyone loved him. He was voted the “Greatest Center of All Time” by ESPN and was a devastating Linebacker in his prime. You may remember him as the guy that took a year off of Frank Gifford’s career with a devastating hit. He was one of the last two-way players in NFL history. He is a Philadelphia sports Icon. He’s the greatest Eagle of all time.

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