Best of the rest 11-53

Posted: August 12, 2007

11 -- Van Brocklin, Norm | Quarterback, Punter | With Eagles: 1958-60

"The Dutchman" played here for only three seasons, but his impact was immeasurable. The fiery QB helped turn the last-place Eagles into NFL champions in 1960, and as a result earned the league's MVP honors. Colorful and competitive, Van Brocklin was the only man to beat a Lombardi-coached Green Bay team in the playoffs.

12 -- Wistert, Al | Two-Way Tackle | With Eagles: 1943-51

The captain of the Eagles' 1948-49 championship teams, Wistert frequently was mentioned as a future Hall of Famer. While four of his teammates and his coach were inducted, Wistert has yet to make it to Canton. A terrific two-way player, Wistert was a five-time consensus all-pro selection and retired in 1951 at the age of 31.

13 -- Carmichael, Harold | Wide Receiver | With Eagles: 1971-83

Long and lean when he arrived from Southern in 1971, the 6-foot-8 Carmichael played 13 seasons with the Eagles, finishing as the team's leader in games played (180), receptions (589), yards (8,978), touchdowns (79), and consecutive games with a catch (127). The four-time Pro Bowler has been the team's director of player development and alumni since 1998.

14 -- Baughan, Maxie | Linebacker | With Eagles: 1960-65

 An all-American at Georgia Tech who set a school record for tackles, Baughan was the Eagles' second-round draft pick in 1960 and became the only rookie to start every game for that championship team. He was voted to the Pro Bowl five of his six seasons with the Eagles, including 1960.

15 -- Kilroy, Bucko | Two-Way Tackle, Guard | With Eagles: 1943-55

 A Philadelphia native who went to North Catholic and Temple, Kilroy did not miss a start with the Eagles from 1947 to 1954. A vicious hitter, he played both offense and defense, and in 1955 served as a player-coach. Kilroy went to three Pro Bowls and played in 134 games.

16 -- Sisemore, Jerry | Tackle, Guard | With Eagles: 1973-84

A first-round draft pick in 1973, Sisemore became a cornerstone of an offensive line that helped lead the Birds to four straight playoff appearances, including Super Bowl XV. Ranked fifth on the team's all-time list in number of seasons (12) and games played (156), Sisemore started 127 games and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

17 -- Quick, Mike | Wide Receiver | With Eagles: 1982-90

 From 1983 to 1987, Mike Quick was one of the best receivers in the NFL. A lock for the Pro Bowl those five seasons, Quick led the league with 53 touchdowns and ranked third with 5,437 yards. A first-round pick out of North Carolina State in 1982, Quick now serves as color commentator for Eagles games on the radio.

 18 -- Cunningham, Randall | Quarterback | With Eagles: 1985-95

In 11 seasons, Cunningham played in 122 games for the Eagles, finishing 1995 as the Birds' second-leading all-time passer behind Ron Jaworski and third-leading rusher behind Wilbert Montgomery and Steve Van Buren. Cunningham had three 400-yard passing games and 13 300-yard games, and he led the team in rushing four years in a row.

19 -- Sears, Vic | Two-Way Tackle | With Eagles: 1941-53

 In 13 seasons, Sears played in 131 regular-season games, often on every offensive and defensive possession, to earn NFL all-decade honors for the 1940s. In The Eagles Encyclopedia, Ray Didinger speculates that Sears logged more minutes on the field than any player in team history.

20 -- Allen, Eric | Cornerback | With Eagles: 1988-94

 A second-round pick out of Arizona State in 1988, Allen played in 111 games and went to five Pro Bowls in seven seasons in Philadelphia. He was brilliant in 1993, when he tied a league record with four interceptions returned for touchdowns, matching Kansas City's Jim Kearney (1972) and Houston's Ken Houston (1971).

21 -- LeMaster, Frank | Linebacker | With Eagles: 1974-83

The blue-collar linebacker from Lexington, Ky., LeMaster bought into Dick Vermeil early and was the perfect complement to Bill Bergey. He scored three touchdowns in nine seasons, and went to the Pro Bowl in 1982.

22 -- Walters, Stan | Tackle | With Eagles: 1975-83

Acquired in a trade with Cincinnati in 1975, Walters played 122 consecutive regular-season and playoff games for the Eagles at left tackle, bookending the offensive line opposite Jerry Sisemore for nearly a decade.

23 -- Jaworski, Ron | Quarterback | With Eagles: 1977-86

In his 10-year career with the Eagles, "Jaws" set seven passing records, including career marks for completions (2,088), touchdowns (175) and yards (26,963). He led the Birds to four straight playoff appearances and Super Bowl XV.

24 -- Retzlaff, Pete | Tight End, Flanker | With Eagles: 1956-66

A waiver-wire pickup, Retzlaff set team career records with 452 receptions, 7,412 receiving yards, and 24 career 100-yard receiving games. He was the Eagles' general manager from 1969 to 1972.

 25 -- Brookshier, Tom | Cornerback | With Eagles: 1954, 1956-61

A 10th-round pick out of Colorado, Brookshier had eight interceptions as a rookie. He served a stint in the Air Force, then returned to the Eagles and won all-pro honors in 1959 and '60, before a leg injury ended his career. He finished with 20 picks.

26 -- Simmons, Clyde | Defensive End | With Eagles: 1986-93

 Overshadowed during his career by Reggie White, Simmons devoured quarterbacks. He ranks second in franchise history with 761/2 career sacks, including a league-leading 19 in 1992, second most in an Eagles season behind White's 21 in 1987.

27 -- Johnson, Charlie | Nose Tackle | With Eagles: 1977-81

 The Eagles' starting nose tackle for five seasons, the Vietnam War veteran went to three Pro Bowls - in 1979, 1980 and 1981, his final season in Philadelphia.

 28 -- Vincent, Troy | Cornerback | With Eagles: 1996-2003

One of the greatest free-agent acquisitions in team history, the Trenton native teamed with Brian Dawkins and Bobby Taylor to form three-quarters of the secondary for eight seasons, finishing his Eagles career sixth in team history with 28 interceptions.

29 -- Trotter, Jeremiah | Linebacker | With Eagles: 1998-2001, 2004-present

One of four linebackers in Eagles history to earn four Pro Bowl berths, Trotter has been a successful run-stuffing linebacker in two stints with the Eagles, eclipsing 100 tackles in five of his seven seasons.

30 -- Bradley, Bill | Safety, Punter | With Eagles: 1969-76

A three-time Pro Bowler who played defensive back, punter and returner, Bradley was the first NFL player to win consecutive interception titles and shares or holds several club records, including career interceptions and return yards.

31 -- Brown, Jerome | Defensive Tackle | With Eagles: 1987-91

Had Brown not died in a June 25, 1992, car accident, he undoubtedly would have finished much higher on this list. Brown led the NFL in solo tackles (88) in 1991, had 29 1/2 career sacks, and made two consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl. 

32 -- Brown, Tim | Running Back, Returner | With Eagles: 1960-67

A three-time Pro Bowler with the Eagles, Brown finished his career as the team's third all-time leading rusher (3,703 yards, 29 touchdowns). On Nov. 6, 1966, against Dallas, he became the first player ever to return two kickoffs for TDs in a single game.

33 -- Thomas, William | Tackle | With Eagles: 1998-present

The Birds' first-round draft pick in 1997, Thomas has been protecting Donovan McNabb's blindside throughout the franchise quarterback's career, earning three Pro Bowl appearances.

34 -- Wojciechowicz, Alex | Linebacker, Center | With Eagles: 1946-50

One of football's Hall of Fame iron men, Wojciechowicz was purchased from the Lions in 1946. "Wojie" became a focal point of Greasy Neale's 5-2-4 defense, and in 41 games made five interceptions and helped the team win consecutive world titles.

35 -- Joyner, Seth | Linebacker | With Eagles: 1986-93

Playing his first eight years here, Joyner anchored Buddy Ryan's defenses, averaging 4.4 sacks from 1986 to 1990 and finishing with 37.5 sacks in 120 games. He peaked in 1991, when he was named NFL player of the year by Sports Illustrated.

36 -- Jackson, Keith | Tight end | With Eagles: 1988-91

Selected 14th overall in 1988, Jackson was one of the most productive rookie tight ends ever, setting a team record with 81 catches for 869 yards.

37 -- Jurgensen, Sonny | Quarterback | With Eagles: 1957-63

After backing up Norm Van Brocklin on the 1960 championship team, Jurgensen threw a team-record 32 touchdown passes the next year. He spent the last 10 years of his Hall of Fame career in Washington.

38 -- Hairston, Carl | Defensive End | With Eagles: 1976-83

In eight seasons with the Eagles - four as defensive captain - Hairston missed only one game. He recorded more than 100 tackles from 1977 to 1981 and unofficially led the NFC with 15 sacks in 1979.

 39 -- Walston, Bobby | Wide Receiver, Kicker | With Eagles: 1951-62

The Eagles' 14th-round pick out of Georgia in 1951, Walston sits at sixth on the team's career lists in receptions (311) and receiving yards (5,363). He is ninth in touchdowns (46), and is the team's all-time leading scorer with 881 points.

40 -- Ringo, Jim | Center | With Eagles: 1964-67

After 11 years in Green Bay, Ringo played the final four years of his storied career in Philly, earning three Pro Bowl berths to go with his previous seven. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981.

41 -- Hopkins, Wes | Safety | With Eagles: 1983-93

There wasn't a nastier Eagle than Hopkins, who hit to hurt and finished his career with 137 games played and 30 interceptions, fifth best in team history. Hopkins made the Pro Bowl once, in 1985, when he led the team with 136 tackles and six interceptions.

42 -- Runyan, Jon | Tackle | With Eagles: 2000-present

Andy Reid's first major free-agent acquisition, Runyan has started the last 160 regular-season games (112 in Philly), and his 18 postseason starts since 1999 are more than any other active player.

43 -- Douglas, Hugh | Defensive End | With Eagles: 1998-2002, 2004

Acquired from the Jets in 1998, Douglas ranks third in team history in sacks, with 54 1/2. He had 15 sacks during the 2000 season, and tied the team's single-game record with 4 1/2 sacks against the Chargers' Ryan Leaf in 1998.

44 -- Robinson, Wayne | Linebacker | With Eagles: 1952-56

Hall of Famer Art Donovan said Robinson was every bit as ferocious as fellow "Suicide Seven" linebacker Chuck Bednarik. The two-time Pro Bowler was famous for his hits on unsuspecting receivers coming across the middle.

45 -- Burroughs, Don | Safety | With Eagles: 1960-64

"The Blade," acquired for a fifth-round draft pick before the 1960 season, had nine interceptions that championship season and seven each in 1961 and '62.

46 -- Jackson, Harold | Wide Receiver | With Eagles: 1969-72

"The Roadrunner" twice led the NFL in receiving yards, gaining 1,116 yards in 1969 and 1,048 yards in 1972, before being dealt to the Rams for Roman Gabriel.

47 -- Woodeshick, Tom | Running Back | With Eagles: 1963-71

The Wilkes-Barre native was an eighth-round pick who made the team as a special-teamer, then threatened to hit the vaunted 1,000-yard plateau in 1968, falling 53 yards shy.

48 -- Thompson, Tommy | Quarterback | With Eagles: 1941-42, 1945-50

Legally blind in one eye, Thompson was the Eagles' unquestioned leader on offense during the Greasy Neale years. "He had so much bravery, he had so much heart," tackle Al Wistert once said.

49 -- Fryar, Irving | Wide Receiver | With Eagles: 1996-98

The Mount Holly native and former No. 1 overall draft pick spent three productive seasons in Philly, setting a team single-season record with 88 catches in 1996 and producing the second-most receiving yards in a season (1,316) in '97.

50 -- Hewitt, Bill | Two-Way End | With Eagles: 1937-39, '43

The first player named all-pro for two teams (Bears, Eagles), Hewitt, who played without a helmet until the rules changed, was credited with inventing trick plays. The Hall of Famer was an inaugural Eagles Honor Roll inductee.

51 -- Thomas, William | Linebacker | With Eagles: 1991-99

A fourth-round draft pick in 1991, "Willie T" earned a starting spot midway through his rookie year - on the NFL's No. 1 defense. In nine seasons, Thomas, who excelled on pass defense, was the Eagles' defensive MVP three times.

52 -- Akers, David | Kicker | With Eagles: 1999-present

One of the most reliable kickers (82 percent field goal accuracy) over the last eight years with striking range, Akers ranks first in team history with 173 field goals.

53 -- Craft, Russ | Running Back, Defensive Back | With Eagles: 1946-53

Craft was one of the first players to become a star at defensive back. The two-time Pro Bowler intercepted the Cardinals' Jim Hardy four times in a 1950 game.

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