January 12, 1993 |
Reggie White dragged his belongings in two large, heavy plastic garbage bags over the concrete Veterans Stadium passageway toward his truck and headed for the off-season and free agency yesterday. Those who watched him wondered if he would ever be back. The Eagles' defensive leader said he had not reached a decision on whether he would stay with the team, but left little doubt about which way he was leaning. He questioned owner Norman Braman's commitment to winning and was harshly critical of what White termed a lack of appreciation for players.
July 8, 1992 |
For years, Norman Braman has insisted that he does not make money on the Philadelphia Eagles. In fact, his own records show the franchise to be the most profitable in the NFL. Braman made an operating profit of $34.3 million during the first five years he owned the Eagles - far and away the largest return of any of the NFL's 28 clubs. By contrast, the typical team reported a profit of just more than $4 million from 1985 through 1989. No figures were available for 1990 and 1991.
April 10, 1994 |
While Jeffrey Lurie smiles and says all the right things for the TV cameras at Veterans Stadium, his NFL allies in New York are working feverishly behind the scenes to get quick league approval of his purchase of the Eagles. Timing, of course, is everything here. With compensation picks for lost free agents, plus their own selections, the Eagles could end up with as many as seven of the first 90 picks in the April 24-25 draft. And, although outgoing owner Norman Braman said on the day that he sold the Eagles that he would be in the team's war room on draft day, it now is clear that Lurie - and the NFL - want no part of that scenario.
April 1, 1994 |
The Eagles are sure acting as if they've been sold. When was the last time under Norman Braman's stewardship that they sweetened a contract offer decisively and moved swiftly to complete a deal with a quality free agent? That's exactly what the Eagles did yesterday, and the result was sitting right there at Veterans Stadium, posing with a new green and white jersey with the number 93 on it, and wearing a big grin. The new Eagle is William Fuller, 32, a Pro Bowl pass rusher who will play left defensive end - Reggie White's old position.
September 21, 1990 |
Just to keep everything interesting, Gary Wichard - the agent for Keith Jackson - decided to do an interview yesterday on WIP-AM. At one point, he referred to Eagles owner Norman Braman and club president Harry Gamble as "Abbott and Costello. " But that was just an hors d'oeuvre. In his most damning assertion, Wichard said that Braman, in a telephone conversation this week with Jackson, told the player, "I own you. " Jackson did not deny that Braman used those words. "Well, I don't really want to get into too much about what Norman and I talked about on the telephone," Jackson said, after Wichard's quotes were relayed to him. "But whatever Gary said, he's probably telling the truth.
March 31, 1994 |
Lawyers for Hollywood producer Jeffrey Lurie say that several small but important issues must be resolved before a sale of the Eagles can be finalized by owner Norman Braman. Attorneys for two of the many firms involved in the possible acquisition said yesterday that it is unlikely, but possible, that a deal could be completed by early next week. Among the details yet to be finalized are tax questions, loan arrangements and minor legal issues. An agreement of sale has not reached the NFL office or NFL finance committee members for review or approval, according to three attorneys close to the ongoing negotiations.
April 8, 1993
We hate to admit this, but Norman Braman may have been right in letting Reggie White defect to the Green Bay Packers. It just didn't make sense for the Eagles' owner to commit $17 million to keep the 31-year-old defensive lineman around for another four years. Even with the incomparable "Minister of Defense," this generation of Eagles seems to have peaked well shy of winning a championship. By letting his aging star go in return for two first-round draft choices, the owner seems to be conserving money for a rebuilding effort that could pay off a few years down the road.
August 20, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Monday to Ukee Washington, who'll wake up with the city (or, as he says, his "morning family") by celebrating his 54th on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " The West Philly-born news vet's been at Channel 3 since 1986, first as a sports anchor, now as the anchorman for both "This Morning" and "Talk Philly. " (You can also catch him on the CW.) Recently recovered from a left-hip replacement, Washington has a big year ahead of him, starting with a few more squats and lots more fabulous Fridays.
March 6, 2013 |
The annual Forbes billionaire list is out, and this year Philadelphia can boast just one billionaire owner - the Sixers' Joshua Harris. Harris, who lives in New York but graduated from Penn's Wharton School, saw his estimated wealth rise to $2.1 billion, ranking his fortune at No. 243 in the United States, 704 in the world. Harris, cofounder and managing director of investment firm Apollo Global Management, "saw his fortune increase $600 million in the past year as shares of Apollo, which went public in 2011, rose to new highs," according to Forbes.
February 23, 1990 |
Former Eagles offensive coordinator Ted Plumb contends that owner Norman Braman was a constant critic of the team's offense during the last four years, and that the criticism contributed to Plumb's demotion to receivers coach earlier this month. Plumb, who was reassigned Feb. 6 when former New York Jets offensive coordinator Rich Kotite was hired as the Eagles' offensive coordinator, took a job as the Phoenix Cardinals' receivers coach on Tuesday. "I don't think there's any question that for the last four years, Norman Braman hasn't been any fan of mine," said Plumb, who leaves what had become an awkward situation for him with the Eagles.