August 12, 2007 |
1 Steve Van Buren. The best ever. How do you judge? How do you cross eras and compare? Just what is universal, what is the tipping point, what is the criteria for such an honor as being named the best ever for a franchise that has existed for more than seven decades? Championships. When it comes down to it, the game of football is about winning championships, and no one was more instrumental in bringing not one, but two championships to the city of Philadelphia than Steve Van Buren.
August 12, 2007
7 Pete Pihos. His opposition was a kid, some poor rookie who wasn't used to Pete Pihos' pirouettes and pivots. During a training camp practice in 1954, Pihos embarrassed the rookie after he somehow broke free, corralled the football, and dashed downfield for a touchdown. "Don't let that bother you, son," Eagles coach Jim Trimble said. "Pete can do that to any back in this league. " Certainly in his day, Pihos was the most feared wide receiver - or end - in the NFL. A fullback at Indiana, Pihos was the Eagles' third-round pick in 1945, and went on to play for the Birds from 1947 until 1955, when he retired at the age of 32 to focus on his day job as a salesman.
August 12, 2007
3 Chuck Bednarik. In 1960, plenty of players in the NFL might have thought they could play both ways, but one did, and excelled. Chuck Bednarik was the last iron man of pro football. When linebacker Bob Pellegrini pulled a groin muscle against Cleveland in the fifth game of the season, coach Buck Shaw looked at the 35-year-old Bednarik and said, "Get in there, Chuck, but don't pull any hero stuff. " Because he played both ways to help lead the Eagles to the 1960 world championship - the franchise's last - Bednarik solidified his spot among the greatest Eagles of all time.
September 17, 2006 |
In three weeks, you-know-who comes back to town, which means you-know-what is going to be coming out of the mouths of Philadelphia fans. With Terrell Owens wearing a silver helmet and a blue star, the Eagles' rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys figures to be more intense than ever. Truth be told, though, the Eagles' better and more bitter adversary will be at Lincoln Financial Field today. It can easily be argued that the Eagles and New York Giants have engaged in the best NFL rivalry of the 21st century.
February 9, 2005
I'M NOT old enough to have seen Chuck Bednarik in his glory. My father and grandfather told stories about big, bad Chuck - the meanest, nastiest two-way player to ever don Eagle green. But after having seen recent pre-game interviews and reading about his feeling about the Eagles' Super Bowl run, the only image I now have is that of a washed-up miserable old whiner: "Jeff Laurie wouldn't buy my book for the team . . . Wahhhhh!!!" Hey, Chuck, get over it, you big crybaby! You should have just let this generation of Eagle fans enjoy what might be the greatest season and arguably greatest teams this city has ever had without your miserable self-serving whining.
February 2, 2005 |
In the wacky world of championship-craving Eagles enthusiasts, the Rozanskis of Glassboro rest near the top of the heap. They not only bleed Eagles green, but for 50 years and three generations they've also inhaled it, chewed it and absorbed it through their pores. They own season tickets. They tailgate, collect memorabilia, and try to schedule family events around games. When they did have to attend a church wedding during an Eagles game, they took a television. None of which makes them unique among the legions of never-say-die Eagles addicts who endure season after season of tears, fears, jeers and cheers.
January 27, 2004 |
Neither an angry Chuck Bednarik nor an AWOL Harry Kalas dimmed the enthusiasm last night when the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association held its 100th awards banquet at the Hilton Hotel in Cherry Hill. Braving 20-degree temperatures more chilling because of a gusting wind, the earliest sellout crowd in association history responded with warm affection for notables Julius Erving, Bob Clarke, Billie Jean King, Carl Lewis, Tom Lasorda, Ken Hitchcock, Randy Ayers, John Chaney, Bill Bergey, Bernard Hopkins, Larry James and other sports heroes they cheered in the past.
October 2, 2002 |
When the caller ID flashed "Charlie Bednarik," Bethlehem Catholic quarterback Adam Bednarik knew he was hearing from both a boyhood idol and a distant relative. Adam Bednarik grew up in Bethlehem, about a one-hour shot up the turnpike from Philadelphia, entranced by his father's stories about former Philadelphia Eagles center and linebacker Chuck Bednarik. His bone-rattling hits, bulldozing blocks, and blue-collar work ethic landed him in the Hall of Fame and in Adam's highest regard.
September 24, 2002 |
Pinch us: Is this the Eagles - the Philadelphia Eagles - on offense? A defense that holds the opposition to zero offensive touchdowns in consecutive weeks is nothing unusual around here. Whether it's been Hugh Douglas or Seth Joyner or Reggie White or Bill Bergey or Chuck Bednarik, over the years, you could always count on the Bird's D to show off, even in losing seasons. But offense? We're more accustomed to 3 yards and a cloud of dust - not 59-yard bombs into the end zone.
January 18, 2002 |
For Jeremiah Trotter, it will be like stepping through his TV screen and into an old NFL Films highlight show. The Eagles will play the Chicago Bears tomorrow afternoon at Soldier Field, where Butkus and Singletary hunted running backs and snarled in the face masks of hapless quarterbacks. Where Trotter's breath will billow in clouds as he leans over and prepares for the snap of the ball. Where collisions are made all the more brutal by the frozen air and the rock-hard ground. "To me," the Eagles' middle linebacker said, "that's football weather.