September 15, 2010
HONORING the 1960 Eagles on the eve of the season opener against the very franchise it defeated a half-century ago for the NFL championship was a classy tribute to the last Philadelphia squad to win an NFL title. For many older fans, saluting the surviving members of the only team to vanquish Vince Lombardi's juggernaut of the 1960s likely eased the frustration of 50 years that have seen more agony than ecstasy. And to cheer such legends as Tommy McDonald, Pete Retzlaff, Norm van Brocklin and Chuck Bednarik afforded a thrill for those too young to have enjoyed an Eagles championship firsthand.
September 8, 2010
Eighteen members of the 1960 Eagles, longtime public relations director Jim Gallagher and the spouses of two deceased players will arrive Friday for a 3-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of their NFL championship. On Saturday, the 1960 team will join the 2010 team for its final walkthrough at the NovaCare Complex before Sunday's season opener. The team will return to Franklin Field for a photo taken in the same spot as the team photo was shot 50 years ago, and then tour the stadium.
May 4, 2010 |
It's a good start and a nice gesture, but it's not enough. The Eagles should do more. On Monday, at a news conference appropriately held at Franklin Field, site of the title game, the Eagles announced they'll honor the 1960 NFL championship team by wearing throwback kelly green uniforms - complete with the classic, white block numbers on the jerseys and helmets with gray wings and facemasks - for the first game of the 2010 season. On Sept. 15, the Birds will play the Green Bay Packers, the team the Eagles defeated 50 years ago, 17-13, to win the franchise's last title of any significance.
February 9, 2010 |
The first time Pat Summerall met Tom Brookshier, at Franklin Field, it was a violent greeting. "He just about split my face mask away from my helmet," Summerall said yesterday, eulogizing his friend and longtime broadcast partner at a memorial service at the Ardmore Presbyterian Church. Brookshier, 78, died Jan. 29 after a battle with cancer. At a memorial service filled with local and national sports luminaries, eulogies were given for the former Eagles star defensive back by his friends Summerall, Dick Vermeil, Jack Whitaker, and Billy Cunningham, as well as Brookshier's daughter Betsy.
January 31, 2010 |
Tom Brookshier, according to his friends, knew how to tackle. Whether on the football field or as a television and radio personality, his impact was equally immense and intense. He was an all-pro on the last Eagles team to win an NFL championship, in 1960, and was part of CBS's top NFL broadcast team during the 1970s along with his close friend Pat Summerall. In the late 1980s he hired Angelo Cataldi, launching the 610 WIP sports-talk format that remains in place today. Mr. Brookshier, 78, died Friday of cancer at Lankenau Hospital.
January 11, 2009 |
Even for two teams that have played each other 151 times since 1933, the Eagles and Giants have manufactured an awful lot of memorable moments. This rivalry has had a little of everything. Wild wins and wild wind. Heartbreaking losses and backbreaking hits. Acrobatic touchdowns and clownish play-calls. Record punts and record reversals. It was the Giants who thumped the Eagles in Philadelphia's first NFL game, 56-0 on Oct. 15, 1933. It was Buddy Ryan's Eagles who beat Bill Parcells' powerful Giants five of six times from 1988 to 1990, a three-year span when the Giants were a combined 38-14.
January 9, 2009 |
GREAT MOMENTS are born from great opportunity. Or so they say. Situated just 90 miles apart, the sports teams from Philadelphia and New York have had plenty of them. Here are some memorable moments, Philadelphia vs. New York: 1. Chuck Bednarik knocks out Frank Gifford - Nov. 20, 1960. Concrete Charlie says that it was like any other. But because of Frank Gifford's stature, the opponent, and the severity of the outcome - it is one that will live forever. "It was one of those typically tough games between the Giants and Eagles in the middle of November," Bednarik explained to Football Digest . "He was doing a down-and-in pattern, and I saw him coming; I just hit him high in the chest about as hard as I could.
August 12, 2007
Who was the greatest Eagle of all time? We asked a panel of former players across several eras to vote, and it was an incredibly tight race. Chuck Bednarik, all agreed, was a solid No. 3. But No. 1? Steve Van Buren or Reggie White? It was close. The deciding factor in selecting Van Buren over White was their postseason records. Van Buren won two championships, while White won only one playoff game as an Eagle. Everyone agreed White revolutionized the way the defensive end position was played.
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.
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.