Greasy Neale. He was certainly the greatest character in the history of Eagles head coaches. He played major-league baseball, including a stint with the Cincinnati Reds team that won the tainted 1919 World Series against the Chicago "Black Sox." His childhood nickname of "Greasy" notwithstanding, Neale was a leader of great integrity and an innovator who left a permanent mark on the NFL.
Dick Vermeil. The Eagles were one of the worst teams in the NFL during the 15 years before owner Leonard Tose hired Dick Vermeil away from UCLA for the 1976 season. The fiery, driven Vermeil built a perennial winner out of other teams' castoffs and his late-round draft picks and undrafted free agents. His Eagles went to the playoffs five consecutive times, peaking with an emotional and cathartic NFC championship win over Dallas after the 1980 season. After losing the Super Bowl to Oakland, freefalling at the end of the '81 season, and enduring the 1982 players' strike, a burnt-out Vermeil tearfully bade farewell.