March 29, 1995 |
Ricky Watters, finishing the last of a series of live radio interviews on his first day in an Eagles uniform, turned to leave the press lounge on the fourth floor of Veterans Stadium and ran right into another free agent who was signed yesterday. Raleigh McKenzie - all 6-feet-2, 277 pounds of him - clogged the doorway. Watters, perhaps realizing that McKenzie will soon be in charge of opening the middle of the field for him, quickly embraced the former Washington Redskins offensive lineman.
January 5, 1995 |
Dick Vermeil has decided that he wants to return to the Eagles as head coach and general manager, and he plans to meet today or tomorrow with owner Jeffrey Lurie to see if a deal can be struck, two sources close to Vermeil said last night. Lurie, who has been courting the former Eagles head coach for weeks, was expected at the Eagles offices at Veterans Stadium sometime today after returning from a Florida vacation and from completing the purchase of a house in the Philadelphia suburbs.
August 1, 1998 |
Jeffrey Lurie isn't about to call the glass half-empty. Still, the always-optimistic owner of the Eagles acknowledged yesterday that his club's glass isn't quite as full as he'd hoped it would be in the fifth year of his stewardship. "I don't see the closeness to us winning the Super Bowl," Lurie said. "Any team that went 6-9-1 and thinks they're on the verge of winning the Super Bowl - well, maybe they are. But I'm a practical person, a realist. "There are a lot of teams with 8-8 talent.
December 31, 2012 |
Andy Reid probably won't have to wait very long to receive the news. If Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie is going to remove him as head coach, Reid will most likely get the message soon after he leaves the field at the Meadowlands late Sunday afternoon. Maybe the owner will ask Reid to meet him back at the NovaCare Complex when the team returns to Philadelphia. Maybe he will request a meeting Monday morning at the team facility. In any case, Lurie has enough respect for Reid after 14 years of working together to deliver that decision in person.
April 1, 1994 |
Jeffrey Lurie is eager to buy the Eagles. Owner Norman Braman is in no particular hurry to sign on the dotted line. As this cross-continent melodrama drags into its fifth week, Braman decided yesterday to use the long Easter weekend to comb through the terms of the record $185 million sale, frustrating Lurie, his high-priced lawyers and his bank for another day. In other words, the Miami car dealer who has made a national reputation as...
February 5, 1995 |
At about 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday, sitting in a hospitality suite at Turnberry Isle Resort in luxurious Aventura, Fla., about 10 miles north of Miami, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie rose from his chair to shake the hand of Ray Rhodes. Rhodes, a stout man of few words except when it comes to the game of football, looked at Lurie for a moment and then surveyed the room. His inquisitors were all there - Lurie and his wife, Christina; Jeff Auerbach, Lurie's Hollywood buddy, who runs the Eagles' business operations; and Joseph Banner, Lurie's boyhood chum and cautious alter ego. These four NFL neophytes had just spent nearly four hours questioning a man who had spent all of his adult life in the insular, fraternal world of pro football.
June 11, 1997 |
Jeffrey Lurie reached up to put an Eagles cap on first-round pick Jon Harris. The power forward-size defensive lineman from Virginia, who signed a five-year contract yesterday, bowed slightly to meet his new employer halfway. "I feel like David Stern at the NBA draft," Lurie said. The owner's good humor was understandable. Not so long ago, the signing of an Eagles first-round draft choice was more likely to take place in August, after weeks of rancorous public posturing. Now, the only posing was for the photographers assembled at the Veterans Stadium news conference.
March 31, 1994 |
Don't fret, Eagles fans. When he buys the team for $185 million, Hollywood producer Jeffrey Lurie will have plenty of money left to invest in players, facilities and the front office to keep the Eagles a strong force in the highly competitive NFC East. That's what Lurie's Boston-based financial adviser, Ed Rudman, said yesterday, confirming that the sale of the team by Norman Braman, a Miami car dealer, was imminent. "The people of Philadelphia will not have to worry," Rudman said.
April 10, 1994 |
How much is a pro football team worth? The bottom line, of course, is that it's valued the same way everything else is: It's worth what people are willing to pay for it. So if film producer Jeffrey Lurie wants to ante up $185 million for the Philadelphia Eagles, $25 million more than has ever been paid for a football team, maybe that's what it's worth. A cool $185 million may seem like an awful lot of money, but people who study the business side of professional sports franchises say values have been moving up fast, and will continue to do so. "Values are clearly moving in that direction," said Timothy Mueller, the director of sports-industry consulting for the KPMG Peat Marwick, the consulting and accounting firm.
March 31, 1995 |
Eagles president Harry T. Gamble, who joined the team as a volunteer coach in 1981, resigned yesterday to become coordinator of football operations and club relations for the NFL in New York. Gamble, who watched somewhat uncomfortably as his role and responsibilities were reduced dramatically under owner Jeffrey Lurie, said he was looking forward to his new duties - even if it meant commuting daily from his South Jersey home to Manhattan for the first time in his life. "This is really the pinnacle," said Gamble, who will be 65 in December.