September 17, 2013 |
The Eagles' honorary alumni captain for the first home opener of the Chip Kelly Era was Chuck Bednarik. Fortunately, no one asked the famously opinionated Hall of Famer what he thought of Kelly's spread offense - or, for that matter, the spread defense that, much to Philip Rivers' delight, the Eagles deployed. Had Bednarik been questioned on either, you can be sure his answer would have included references to "sissies," "overpaid prima donnas," Frank Gifford, and how tough Norm Van Brocklin was. To be fair, it's been more than a half-century since Bednarik retired.
May 21, 2013 |
EVERYBODY loves an underdog, and every year there is a rookie of humble pedigree who catches the imagination of Eagles fans. Sometimes he's a seventh-round draft choice (Nate Ilaoa, a stubby fullback from Hawaii in 2007), sometimes he's an undrafted free agent (Chad Hall, a height-challenged ex-Air Force officer in 2010, or Damaris Johnson, the wideout/returner who supplanted Hall last year). Quite often, this object of fan affection doesn't even make the team. When he does make it, his impact tends to lag way behind the amount of attention he gets on message boards.
October 15, 2010 |
Former Eagles offensive lineman Woody Peoples, 67, died Tuesday evening in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala. Mr. Peoples started at guard for the Eagles' 1980 Super Bowl team. He played three seasons and in 47 games for Philadelphia from 1978 to 1980. He came to the Eagles from the San Francisco 49ers, where he was twice a Pro Bowler. His NFL career spanned 13 years, from 1968 to 1980. Former Eagles wide receiver Harold Carmichael, now the team's director of player development, described Mr. Peoples as a quiet teammate.
August 12, 2010 |
BETHLEHEM - Vince Papale sees it in the post-practice reps Chad Hall takes with a JUGS machine, sees it when Riley Cooper makes a catch in traffic during seven-on-sevens. Dick Vermeil would have relished a chance to coach the 2010 Eagles. "He would've loved it," said Papale, who played for Vermeil from 1976 to '78. "He would've considered it a tremendous challenge. Dick was always one about giving opportunities. Obviously, he gave the greatest opportunity to me, but that's what it's about.
August 11, 2010
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - When you're a retired wide receiver, it's the little things that sometimes count most. Mike Quick and Harold Carmichael, one an Eagles radio broadcaster and the other the team's director of player development and alumni, are regular observers of practice. Carmichael, in fact, is at almost every one, helping out with various chores, including placing the football on the line of scrimmage. So the two Eagles greats have watched their share of postretirement practices.
April 22, 2010 |
IN HONOR of the 75th anniversary of the NFL draft, here is a look at some of the Eagles' all-time best grabs and worst gaffes. Who knows? The Eagles could add some guys tonight when this is compiled in another 75 years. Check back in 2085. THE STUDS 10. Seth Joyner, LB, 1986 8th round, 208th overall Tremendous value for an outside linebacker of some great Eagles defenses. The Eagles took Clyde Simmons in the ninth round. Not a bad haul. 9. Pete Pihos, E, 1945 5th round, 41st overall Pihos became a six-time Pro Bowler and caught the winning touchdown in the 1949 championship game.
January 11, 2009
1. b. The blue eagle logo of the New Deal's National Recovery Act. 2. a. Baker Bowl. 3. d. 1939, Brooklyn Dodgers. 4. True. 5. d. Donovan McNabb, with 194 touchdown passes and 29,320 yards. Jaworski: 175 and 26,963. Cunningham: 150 and 22,877. Snead: 111 and 15,672. 6. a. Ron Jaworski, 142 games. McNabb, 134. Cunningham, 122. Snead, 85. 7. c. Brian Dawkins, 183. Carmichael, 180. Akers, 156. Owens, who cares? 8. c. Wilbert Montgomery, with 6,538 yards.
December 8, 2008
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It is not every day that an NFL player breaks his franchise's record for yards from scrimmage. It is almost never that the guy who held the record, who held it for a quarter-century, is standing on the sideline, watching and cheering. When Brian Westbrook caught that 40-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of yesterday's 20-14 win at Giants Stadium - a beautiful display of everything Westbrook, a play on which he stayed in to help with blocking the Giants' pass rush, then leaked out of the backfield, caught a pass from Donovan McNabb and ran away from Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce - Harold Carmichael watched.
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 11, 2005 |
IT WAS 30 years ago but I remember it like it was yesterday. I rode my yellow, banana seat bicycle, the one with the monkey handle bars, the three blocks from my house to the Artic Market, in Doylestown. It was a Saturday, and an important day in the neighborhood. A new Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver was coming to town, and those of us who imitated our favorite Eagles when we played Nerf football on Mercer Avenue were excited to meet him. I remember our awe when he walked in the same door we'd usually enter with our folks and shopping carts.