Eagles to honor Cunningham, Wistert

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Posted: September 18, 2009

Randall Cunningham and Al Wistert will join the greats in Eagles history when they are added to the team's Honor Roll at halftime of the Sept. 27 game against Kansas City.

Their induction will bring the total to 29 members. This will be the first induction since 1999, when the 1948 and '49 championship teams and longtime trainer Otho Davis were added. Jerome Brown was the last player inducted, in 1996.

Cunningham, a four-time Pro Bowler, played for the Eagles from 1985 to '95. While with the Birds, he threw for 22,877 yards and 150 touchdowns, and rushed for 4,482 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also played for Minnesota, Dallas and Baltimore.

Cunningham, 46, will be joined at the ceremony by his wife, Felicity, his four children and his brother Sam, who was a running back for the New England Patriots.

"I'm so excited about this," Cunningham told the Associated Press from his home in Las Vegas. "I can't wait to get there. I still love Philadelphia.

"They retired my jersey in college [at UNLV] and that was awesome. This is even more special. I don't think they have ever given my No. 12 to any other player, so that's kind of special in its own right."

Wistert, 89, played for the Eagles from 1943 to '51, including the two NFL championship teams, and was an eight-time All-Pro at tackle. His No. 70 is one of seven retired Eagles numbers.

Wistert is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame for his play at Michigan and was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame last fall.

"Being selected, it was completely out of the blue. To have someone think about putting me back on the stage, to someone who is almost 90, it's wonderful," Wistert told the Daily News.

Wistert was born in Chicago and now lives in Grants Pass, Ore. "I'm bringing the pastor of my church with me and we are looking forward to making the trip," he said. "I think it's wonderful. I am going to be thrilled."

Wistert is from a football-playing family.

"I had two brothers and we all played football, we all went to Michigan and we all were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame," he said.

Wistert said he remains active and works out daily. "I walk a mile or 2 every day," he said. "And I do exercises. I don't have anything wrong with me. I am healthy. I feel great." *

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