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.
January 25, 2002 |
History covers the auditorium walls at the Eagles' NovaCare Complex. Look to your right and you'll see larger-than-life photographs of Hall of Fame receiver Tommy McDonald and the team's sultan of sack, Reggie White. Look to your left and you'll find the powerful images of Chuck Bednarik and Steve Van Buren, two men whose jaws may have actually been chiseled from stone. Walk 50 yards through a hallway lined with photographs of former Eagles Pro Bowl players, and the history of the franchise comes to life in the form of a 6-foot-8 giant whose sure hands seem to stretch from South Philadelphia all the way to South Jersey.
November 5, 1992 |
Harold Carmichael hung up his Eagles jersey eight years ago, but he still hears the roar of the crowd. The former NFL wide receiver no longer catches the spirals. He makes pitches to children about self-esteem and decision-making. "You've got to be careful," Carmichael told students at Log College Middle School in Warminster last Thursday. A soft-spoken man with an imposing 6-foot, 8-inch frame, Carmichael grabbed the attention of the 700 students. While he spoke briefly about his football career, Carmichael spent most of the hour warning students against drugs and alcohol abuse.
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.
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.
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.
January 30, 2002 |
"If the Eagles had won on Sunday, we'd fade into the ghosts of yesterday," Bill Bergey said in that barbed-wire voice of his. "And that's good, because we've had our day in the sun. " Bergey was a linebacker on that 1980 Eagles team that whipped Dallas in the NFC Championship Game. Day in the sun? The wind chill factor was minus-17 degrees. People remember that game because it was against Dallas, because it was one-sided, because it was at home. "We kicked their butts all over the place," Bergey recalled, still fiery after all those years.
April 8, 2004 |
REAL GRASS. Terrific sight lines. Diverse concessions. Good beer. The Phillies have done us proud with Citizens Bank Park. And while it'll be nice if they win, it almost doesn't matter. As far as I'm concerned, they've already accomplished the real mission. It's all about creating memories. Mine are already under way. Last Saturday, I took my three sons to the unofficial opener against the Cleveland Indians. None of us cared that it was just an exhibition game, and we hardly kept track of the score.
December 24, 1998 |
The voice came out of a crowd of Eagles employees gathered for Irving Fryar's farewell news conference. "Hey, Irv. " Fryar, waiting for the cue to begin a live spot on ESPN, looked over his right shoulder, looking for the face to go with the familiar voice. There it was, looming above those of the marketing people and secretaries in the back of the room. "Welcome to the alumni club," said Harold Carmichael, breaking into a big smile that Fryar returned. Fryar, 36, will join that club after the Eagles' season-ending game Sunday against the New York Giants, a game that already had loomed as the end of a chapter in Eagles history.
October 5, 1992 |
This 17-reception, 345-yard, four-touchdown opening roll Fred Barnett takes into the "Monday Night Football" spotlight tonight is not a big deal to No. 86. The third-year Eagles wide receiver saw it happening this past summer, just as he once visualized becoming an NFL star as a teenager in Gunnison, Miss. "I never pictured myself on a certain team or in a certain color uniform," Barnett said, "but when I was a kid, I used to lay across my bed visualizing that NFL ball coming at me, in that perfect spiral you see on TV, and me catching it. "It was a goal of mine, and after I saw it take place in my mind, it was such a positive influence on me that I kept visualizing it, and it became stronger as I kept working for it. I just felt that one day, I'd be where I am right now. Right here.