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August 12, 2007
The last lineman in the NFL to go without a face mask, this East Falls native played in the 1960 championship despite the stunning death of his 7-week-old baby days before the game. 68   -- Nelson, Al | Cornerback, Returner | With Eagles: 1965-73   A starter at cornerback for eight seasons, Nelson returned one missed field goal 101 yards and another 100 yards. He tallied 2,625 career return yards. 69 -- Barnett, Fred | Wide Receiver | With Eagles: 1990-95   Barnett's leaping 35-yard touchdown catch sparked the Eagles' comeback victory in the 1993 NFC wild-card game at New Orleans, the team's first playoff win since 1980.
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September 18, 2009 | Daily News Staff Report
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.
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December 21, 1994 | BY JACK MCKINNEY
On this first day of what figures to be a winter of discontent for Eagles' fans, some words by Dante might best express the feelings of those elders who still remember the glory of former times. No, not Dante Pastorini, the shopworn quarterback who played out the string here after a decent career with the Houston Oilers, but Dante Alighieri, who composed masterpieces in the world's most musical language. You don't have to know any Italian to appreciate the sheer euphony of the Fifth Canto from Dante's "Divine Comedy.
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September 28, 2012 | By Ed Barkowitz, barkowe@phillynews.com
20 things to know about safety Brian Dawkins, whose No. 20 jersey will be retired on Sunday night: * Was a second-round pick out of Clemson in 1996, 61st overall. Other Eagles draftees that year included G Jermane Mayberry, TE Jason Dunn and QB Bobby Hoying. * Attended Raines High in Jacksonville, Fla., the same school that produced Harold Carmichael and Lito Sheppard. * Among regular players (i.e. not counting David Akers), Dawkins and Carmichael are 1-2 in games played in Eagles history.
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July 14, 1992 | by Ray Didinger, Daily News Sports Writer
Alex Wojciechowicz, one of 12 Philadelphia Eagles in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died yesterday at his home in Forked River, N.J. He was 76. Wojciechowicz, who was called "Wojie" by his teammates, was considered past his prime when the Eagles acquired him from Detroit during the 1946 season. The 6-0, 235-pound Wojciechowicz played both ways, center and linebacker, for the Lions for eight seasons. He was 31 with a lot of hard miles on him when he came to Philadelphia. However, Eagles coach Greasy Neale used Wojciechowicz strictly at linebacker and the former Fordham All-America responded with five stellar seasons.
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September 29, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brian Dawkins posed a simple question: If all those fans who wear No. 20 to Eagles games could play one football game, how would they play? How would they react? "Would you do a flip? Would you crawl? Would you do those things?" Dawkins said. "Probably so. Because you're so excited to play those games. " That was Dawkins' approach when he played safety for the Eagles from 1996 to 2008 - 13 seasons in which he delivered ferocious hits and inspirational locker room speeches and became one of the most beloved Philadelphia athletes the city has ever cheered.
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September 30, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brian Dawkins posed a simple question: If all those fans who wear No. 20 to Eagles games could play one football game, how would they play? How would they react? "Would you do a flip? Would you crawl? Would you do those things?" Dawkins said. "Probably so. Because you're so excited to play those games. " That was Dawkins' approach when he played safety for the Eagles from 1996 to 2008 - 13 seasons in which he delivered ferocious hits and inspirational locker room speeches and became one of the most beloved Philadelphia athletes the city has ever cheered.
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January 19, 2003 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know. The poor Tampa Bay Buccaneers are weary of cold-weather postseason games in Philadelphia. Well, judging by history at least, they don't have much to complain about. When it comes to bad postseason weather, no NFL team has ever had to endure the kind of meteorological misery the great Eagles teams of 1947 to 1949 faced. So horrendous were the conditions in which those Steve Van Buren-led Eagles played in three consecutive NFL title games that had they reached a fourth, in 1950, they might have arrived in an ark. In 1947, the Eastern Division champions played on a surface at Chicago's Comiskey Park better suited to hockey.
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November 8, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
There were, among the previous 120-plus inductees to the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, a pool shark, a statistician, a diver, a pole-vaulter, two field hockey stars, three offensive linemen, five writers, and six broadcasters. But there wasn't a single representative of the most glamorous position in sports: quarterback. On Thursday night, the Hall, in its ninth year, at last will rectify that shortcoming, welcoming during a Sheraton Society Hill ceremony a deceased Eagles quarterback who had one eye, a first name of Lurtis, and, in one of the most important games of his life, a passing rating of zero.
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November 4, 1988 | By Ray Didinger, Daily News Sports Writer
To understand the Eagles' first NFL championship teams, it helps to understand the times. The years were 1948 and 1949 and pro football still was in its growth stage. Most of the players were veterans just back from the war. They didn't mind riding a trolley to practice or working another job in the offseason. They were happy just to be home and playing football again. The money wasn't that great, but so what? The players were more concerned with winning games and having fun. The old Eagles led the league in both departments.
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November 8, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
There were, among the previous 120-plus inductees to the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, a pool shark, a statistician, a diver, a pole-vaulter, two field hockey stars, three offensive linemen, five writers, and six broadcasters. But there wasn't a single representative of the most glamorous position in sports: quarterback. On Thursday night, the Hall, in its ninth year, at last will rectify that shortcoming, welcoming during a Sheraton Society Hill ceremony a deceased Eagles quarterback who had one eye, a first name of Lurtis, and, in one of the most important games of his life, a passing rating of zero.
NEWS
September 30, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brian Dawkins posed a simple question: If all those fans who wear No. 20 to Eagles games could play one football game, how would they play? How would they react? "Would you do a flip? Would you crawl? Would you do those things?" Dawkins said. "Probably so. Because you're so excited to play those games. " That was Dawkins' approach when he played safety for the Eagles from 1996 to 2008 - 13 seasons in which he delivered ferocious hits and inspirational locker room speeches and became one of the most beloved Philadelphia athletes the city has ever cheered.
SPORTS
September 29, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Brian Dawkins posed a simple question: If all those fans who wear No. 20 to Eagles games could play one football game, how would they play? How would they react? "Would you do a flip? Would you crawl? Would you do those things?" Dawkins said. "Probably so. Because you're so excited to play those games. " That was Dawkins' approach when he played safety for the Eagles from 1996 to 2008 - 13 seasons in which he delivered ferocious hits and inspirational locker room speeches and became one of the most beloved Philadelphia athletes the city has ever cheered.
SPORTS
September 28, 2012 | By Ed Barkowitz, barkowe@phillynews.com
20 things to know about safety Brian Dawkins, whose No. 20 jersey will be retired on Sunday night: * Was a second-round pick out of Clemson in 1996, 61st overall. Other Eagles draftees that year included G Jermane Mayberry, TE Jason Dunn and QB Bobby Hoying. * Attended Raines High in Jacksonville, Fla., the same school that produced Harold Carmichael and Lito Sheppard. * Among regular players (i.e. not counting David Akers), Dawkins and Carmichael are 1-2 in games played in Eagles history.
SPORTS
September 18, 2009 | Daily News Staff Report
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.
SPORTS
August 12, 2007
The last lineman in the NFL to go without a face mask, this East Falls native played in the 1960 championship despite the stunning death of his 7-week-old baby days before the game. 68   -- Nelson, Al | Cornerback, Returner | With Eagles: 1965-73   A starter at cornerback for eight seasons, Nelson returned one missed field goal 101 yards and another 100 yards. He tallied 2,625 career return yards. 69 -- Barnett, Fred | Wide Receiver | With Eagles: 1990-95   Barnett's leaping 35-yard touchdown catch sparked the Eagles' comeback victory in the 1993 NFC wild-card game at New Orleans, the team's first playoff win since 1980.
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November 28, 2004 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Both the winningest coach in Eagles history and the man on the verge of passing him have baseball backgrounds. Andy Reid, who can equal the franchise record of 66 career victories today if the Eagles beat the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J., grew up in Los Angeles and was a peanut vendor during the days when Walter Alston was completing his long run as the Dodgers' manager. Alfred Earle "Greasy" Neale, who has been at the top of the Eagles' coaching victory board for 54 years, played eight seasons in the big leagues, mostly with the Cincinnati Reds.
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January 19, 2003 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know. The poor Tampa Bay Buccaneers are weary of cold-weather postseason games in Philadelphia. Well, judging by history at least, they don't have much to complain about. When it comes to bad postseason weather, no NFL team has ever had to endure the kind of meteorological misery the great Eagles teams of 1947 to 1949 faced. So horrendous were the conditions in which those Steve Van Buren-led Eagles played in three consecutive NFL title games that had they reached a fourth, in 1950, they might have arrived in an ark. In 1947, the Eastern Division champions played on a surface at Chicago's Comiskey Park better suited to hockey.
NEWS
December 21, 1994 | BY JACK MCKINNEY
On this first day of what figures to be a winter of discontent for Eagles' fans, some words by Dante might best express the feelings of those elders who still remember the glory of former times. No, not Dante Pastorini, the shopworn quarterback who played out the string here after a decent career with the Houston Oilers, but Dante Alighieri, who composed masterpieces in the world's most musical language. You don't have to know any Italian to appreciate the sheer euphony of the Fifth Canto from Dante's "Divine Comedy.
SPORTS
July 14, 1992 | by Ray Didinger, Daily News Sports Writer
Alex Wojciechowicz, one of 12 Philadelphia Eagles in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died yesterday at his home in Forked River, N.J. He was 76. Wojciechowicz, who was called "Wojie" by his teammates, was considered past his prime when the Eagles acquired him from Detroit during the 1946 season. The 6-0, 235-pound Wojciechowicz played both ways, center and linebacker, for the Lions for eight seasons. He was 31 with a lot of hard miles on him when he came to Philadelphia. However, Eagles coach Greasy Neale used Wojciechowicz strictly at linebacker and the former Fordham All-America responded with five stellar seasons.
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