November 22, 2001 |
The letter arrived in August. It was addressed to David Akers with a postmark from Youngstown, Ohio. It was signed by Paul McFadden, the former Eagles kicker whose single-season scoring record Akers broke last year. "It was very thoughtful of him," Akers said yesterday. "It was a neat idea, because he got a letter from the man whose record he broke. So that's a nice tradition, and he asked me to continue it when someone breaks my record. " When McFadden scored 116 points in 1984, he broke a 30-year-old record set by Bobby Walston.
October 9, 1987 |
Reading the Associated Press obituary on Bobby Walston, it was doubly sad to see the numbers he recorded in 12 seasons with the Eagles listed next to such latter-day names as Tony Franklin and Paul McFadden. Those guys only kick for a living. Bobby Walston, who died Wednesday at age 58, was a football player. When the Eagles were trying to keep a drive going, you'd never see Walston undermining the quarterback's confidence by kicking into a net on the sideline. He'd be out there with the quarterback, helping to keep that drive going.
December 10, 2007
In the first half of his last four starts, Donovan McNabb has completed just 55.7 percent of his passes, has averaged 4.5 yards per attempt and has thrown three interceptions and just two touchdowns. On their first 11 plays, the Eagles gained 86 yards and had six first downs. On their last 12 plays, they gained 101 yards and six first downs. On the 39 plays in between, they had just 119 yards and six first downs. The Eagles were 0-for-8 on third-down plays of 5 yards or more.
October 9, 1987 |
Another member of the Eagles' 1960 NFL championship team is gone. Bobby Walston, the Eagles' all-time leading scorer, died Wednesday morning in Elk Grove Village, Ill. The 58-year-old Walston suffered a heart attack, an Eagles' spokesman said. "They're slowly dwindling down," ex-teammate Tommy McDonald said last night. "That makes six (players) from the '60 team who have died: Norm Van Brocklin, Howard Keys, Jesse Richardson, John Nocera, Joe Robb, and now Bobby. " As a pass receiver and kicker, Walston scored 881 points from 1951 through '62. His 114 points in a season held up until Paul McFadden scored 116 three years ago. Walston, the 1951 NFL Rookie of the Year, still holds the club mark for most points in a game - 25, against Washington in 1954.
February 15, 2011 |
The 2010 football season was a strong last hurrah for Gerald "Gerry" Huth, a starting guard on the Eagles' 1960 NFL championship team. Huth attended the Birds' 50th anniversary celebration of the franchise's most recent title last September, then was inducted into the Hall of Fame at his alma mater, Wake Forest, in November. Huth, who passed away Friday in Las Vegas at age 77, entered the NFL with the New York Giants' 1956 championship team, when he finished third in balloting for rookie of the year.
December 7, 2007 |
It is a record that means something. "Yeah, that one does," Eagles kicker David Akers said yesterday when asked about his pursuit of the franchise's career scoring mark. "Just because it shows that the organization has let you stay around for a long amount of time, plus you have to be put in a situation where you can score points. " The team's record of 881 points is held by the late Bobby Walston, a wide receiver and kicker with the Eagles from 1951 to '62. Akers has accumulated his 873 points entirely with field goals and extra points during his nine seasons.
November 18, 2002 |
Todd Pinkston noticed the sign at Veterans Stadium earlier this season. He knew what he wanted to do. It just took a while to get the chance. After Pinkston caught a picture-perfect 27-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb in the second quarter of yesterday's win over Arizona, he ran toward the sign. It read "Pinkston's Posse," and the lanky wide receiver wanted to reward his fans. He threw the ball to the fans behind the sign. "I just wanted to show them how much I appreciated the sign," Pinkston said.
October 5, 1992 |
Tougher jobs for tight ends: Speaking of that type, it was probably benign of fate that the late Bobby Walston was no longer around to listen when the underachieving Keith Jackson took his surly leave of the Eagles. Walston, only 58 when he died in October 1987, answered to the nickname, "Cheewah," when he was the overachieving tight end and placekicker for the Eagles' last World Championship team back in glorious 1960. Even before the position of tight end was invented, Walston was a prolific scorer, with his gung-ho attitude, sure hands and dependable right leg. It wasn't until long after two more games were added to the schedule that Walston's single-season record of 114 points was topped by the 116 points of soccer-style kick specialist Paul McFadden in 1984.
December 31, 1990 |
Eagles guard Bruce Collie quietly shocked a reporter six weeks ago with an out-of-the-blue statement about a 6-4 Eagles team riding a four-game winning streak. "This team's going to the Super Bowl," he said, matter of factly, after a 24-23 victory at Atlanta. Collie, who enjoyed an outstanding game at left guard Saturday, has had six weeks to ponder, re-evaluate and analyze his teammates some more. His opinion hasn't changed. "This team's not going to lose another game," he said.
November 6, 2009 |
Going into the 1960 NFL season, there were high hopes for the Eagles. But no sooner had the season begun than they were beaten by the Cleveland Browns at Franklin Field and found themselves in an unexpected war against the expansion Dallas Cowboys at the Cotton Bowl. It was the first of what on Sunday night will be the 100th meeting between the teams, the beginning of a rivalry that has crackled with intensity for generations. Up against a Dallas team that would go winless that year, the Eagles edged the Cowboys, 27-25, in a game that featured eight interceptions and two blocked extra points.