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December 5, 2004 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Andy Reid had a plan as a junior offensive lineman at Brigham Young University. He always had a plan. After his senior year at BYU, he was going to attend medical school and follow in the footsteps of his mother, Elizabeth, a radiologist, in the medical profession. One question from LaVell Edwards changed the plan. The legendary BYU coach approached Reid at practice and asked him if he had ever thought about being a coach. "I really wasn't headed in that direction," Reid said.
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August 12, 2007
Greasy Neale. He was certainly the greatest character in the history of Eagles head coaches. He played major-league baseball, including a stint with the Cincinnati Reds team that won the tainted 1919 World Series against the Chicago "Black Sox. " His childhood nickname of "Greasy" notwithstanding, Neale was a leader of great integrity and an innovator who left a permanent mark on the NFL. Dick Vermeil. The Eagles were one of the worst teams in the NFL during the 15 years before owner Leonard Tose hired Dick Vermeil away from UCLA for the 1976 season.
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January 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly was named professional coach of the year by the Maxwell Football Club on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of his hiring as Eagles coach. The Philadelphia club's award is named after former Eagles coach Greasy Neale. Kelly led the Eagles to a 10-6 finish and the NFC East title, including a 7-1 mark in the final eight games of the regular season. It was a six-win improvement from 2012. The Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints in the opening round of the playoffs. Kelly oversaw the NFL's No. 2 offense this season.
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August 31, 1993 | by Ray Didinger, Daily News Sports Writer
The year was 1943 and America was at war. Most able-bodied men were in the service. So how was the National Football League supposed to stay in business? For the Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers, it meant joining forces. The two franchises merged into one team, the Phil-Pitt Steagles. This is the 50th anniversary of that one-year alliance, which produced a 5-4-1 record. "It was chaotic," said Frank (Bucko) Kilroy, who was a rookie tackle that season. He went on to play 13 years with the Eagles and start for the 1948-49 NFL championship teams.
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January 24, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Eagles coach Andy Reid was named the Sporting News coach of the year, and defensive end Hugh Douglas was awarded a spot on the all-NFL team, the weekly sports magazine announced yesterday. Quarterback Donovan McNabb finished second to Marshall Faulk in voting for player of the year. Faulk, who beat out McNabb for league MVP honors, received 5 1/2 votes to McNabb's four. The NFL's directors of player personnel voted on the honors for the players. The coaches voted for coach of the year.
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June 2, 2007 | By David Cohen FOR THE INQUIRER
The recent death of Dick Humbert marked the demise of a former Eagle with a wonderful nickname, "Banana Hands. " It also marked the passing of a player who had a quiet but essential role in the evolution of NFL defenses. Humbert, who died May 23 at age 88, was the secret guinea pig in coach Greasy Neale's experiment with a new defense, one that brought about the now-standard four-man secondary - and helped the Eagles win two championships. Defensive backs were lightly regarded in the early years of the NFL: Teams stacked as many men as they could at the line of scrimmage and left a few players behind them, just in case.
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October 9, 2008 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There's an online petition floating around in cyberspace - www.gopetition.com/petitions/fire-andy-reid.html - encouraging the dismissal of Eagles coach Andy Reid. As of late yesterday afternoon, more than 225 people had cyber-signed. If ever something fell under the category of careful what you wish for, this is it. You may not like the way Reid goes about his business. Every human being alive, including this one, is sick and tired of his nonanswer answers at news conferences.
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November 11, 1987 | BY JACK MCKINNEY
If Larry McMullen and I feel a little creakier today, it's because we just discovered that nobody else around here remembers Don Hutson. There was a time when Don Hutson's name was as inseparably linked to pro football as Joe DiMaggio's was to major league baseball. Could it be that this Pepsi Generation now only knows of DiMaggio because he was once married to Marilyn Monroe? What's happened to our traditional values? Hutson's name came up the other night when Steve Largent caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from Dave Krieg to put the Seattle Seahawks back in the game, though only briefly, against the New York Jets.
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September 23, 1987 | BY JACK MCKINNEY
The first time I saw Tommy Thompson, I was barely old enough to hustle programs at Shibe Park. But even then, I could see the tough old turkey was something special. Thompson was quarterbacking the Eagles' new T-formation like it was something he'd just invented, rather than a thinly disguised version of the system coach Greasy Neale had copped from innovator Clark Shaughnessy. For a few plays, Thompson would jam the football into the rock-hard gut of Steve Van Buren and watch old reliable No. 15 carry half of the other team on his back for seven, eight yards at a crack.
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June 10, 2012 | By Will Bunch, Daily News Senior Writer
TO SAY THAT Eagles' Hall of Fame wide receiver Pete Pihos lived a memorable life would be something of an understatement about a man who survived the bloody slaying of his father when he was 14, invaded occupied France under Gen. George Patton and helped the Birds win NFL championships in 1948 and 1949. That only made Pihos' last decade - as he struggled against ever-worsening dementia in a North Carolina nursing home before his death last August at age 87- all the more tragic for his youngest daughter Melissa.
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January 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly was named professional coach of the year by the Maxwell Football Club on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of his hiring as Eagles coach. The Philadelphia club's award is named after former Eagles coach Greasy Neale. Kelly led the Eagles to a 10-6 finish and the NFC East title, including a 7-1 mark in the final eight games of the regular season. It was a six-win improvement from 2012. The Eagles lost to the New Orleans Saints in the opening round of the playoffs. Kelly oversaw the NFL's No. 2 offense this season.
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June 10, 2012 | By Will Bunch, Daily News Senior Writer
TO SAY THAT Eagles' Hall of Fame wide receiver Pete Pihos lived a memorable life would be something of an understatement about a man who survived the bloody slaying of his father when he was 14, invaded occupied France under Gen. George Patton and helped the Birds win NFL championships in 1948 and 1949. That only made Pihos' last decade - as he struggled against ever-worsening dementia in a North Carolina nursing home before his death last August at age 87- all the more tragic for his youngest daughter Melissa.
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April 22, 2009
BACK IN THE DAY, before the combine, before ESPN, before pompous Mel Kiper and his pompadour, when the Wunderlich was what you did to an ice cream cone and not an IQ test . . . Back in the day, the Eagles would choose a defensive end from Grambling with their first pick, and a stubby guy named Jesse Thompson would saunter out to tell the media, in a drawl thicker than 3-day-old grits, "This guy is so tough, you couldn't hurt him with a hammer in...
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October 9, 2008 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There's an online petition floating around in cyberspace - www.gopetition.com/petitions/fire-andy-reid.html - encouraging the dismissal of Eagles coach Andy Reid. As of late yesterday afternoon, more than 225 people had cyber-signed. If ever something fell under the category of careful what you wish for, this is it. You may not like the way Reid goes about his business. Every human being alive, including this one, is sick and tired of his nonanswer answers at news conferences.
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August 12, 2007
Greasy Neale. He was certainly the greatest character in the history of Eagles head coaches. He played major-league baseball, including a stint with the Cincinnati Reds team that won the tainted 1919 World Series against the Chicago "Black Sox. " His childhood nickname of "Greasy" notwithstanding, Neale was a leader of great integrity and an innovator who left a permanent mark on the NFL. Dick Vermeil. The Eagles were one of the worst teams in the NFL during the 15 years before owner Leonard Tose hired Dick Vermeil away from UCLA for the 1976 season.
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August 12, 2007 | By Ashley Fox, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 2, 2007 | By David Cohen FOR THE INQUIRER
The recent death of Dick Humbert marked the demise of a former Eagle with a wonderful nickname, "Banana Hands. " It also marked the passing of a player who had a quiet but essential role in the evolution of NFL defenses. Humbert, who died May 23 at age 88, was the secret guinea pig in coach Greasy Neale's experiment with a new defense, one that brought about the now-standard four-man secondary - and helped the Eagles win two championships. Defensive backs were lightly regarded in the early years of the NFL: Teams stacked as many men as they could at the line of scrimmage and left a few players behind them, just in case.
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December 5, 2004 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Andy Reid had a plan as a junior offensive lineman at Brigham Young University. He always had a plan. After his senior year at BYU, he was going to attend medical school and follow in the footsteps of his mother, Elizabeth, a radiologist, in the medical profession. One question from LaVell Edwards changed the plan. The legendary BYU coach approached Reid at practice and asked him if he had ever thought about being a coach. "I really wasn't headed in that direction," Reid said.
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September 7, 2003 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He could be a supersize Tom Landry, minus the fedora. Think about it. Eagles coach Andy Reid is a lot like the legendary coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Displays of public emotion are nonexistent. The wry sense of humor almost never surfaces when the cameras and microphones are on. Support from the bosses is rock solid. The team is a success. The Cowboys were America's Team. The Eagles are Philadelphia's Team. This is Reid's fifth season as the Eagles' head coach, and he's already been to more NFC championship games than any other coach in the team's mostly sorry history.
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January 6, 2002 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The victorious Philadelphia Eagles were undressing in their tiny Forbes Field locker room when the giddy players began to chant. "Bring on the beer! Bring on the beer!" The thirsty ringleader was Alex Wojciechowicz. The hulking center, his arms and knees scraped raw from daylong contact with a rock-hard turf, pleaded with Greasy Neale until, finally, the Eagles' seventh-year coach relented. "All right," Neale told his players as they packed for the long train ride back to Philadelphia, "but on your word of honor, not more than two bottles each.
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