November 17, 2009 |
It was like watching a live reenactment of a highlight from the past, like getting to see Randall Cunningham scramble again or Julius Erving soaring in for a dunk. Donovan McNabb dropped back and flipped a little screen pass over the heads of the Chargers' defensive linemen. And there was Brian Westbrook, gathering it in with open space in front of him. Just like the old days. It was a bittersweet moment - a reminder of just how breathtaking Westbrook could be, how utterly impossible to cover, but also of how long it had been since we had seen that.
September 18, 2009 |
Randall Cunningham and Al Wistert will join the greats in Eagles history when they are added to the team's Honor Roll at halftime of the Sept. 27 game against Kansas City. Their induction will bring the total to 29 members. This will be the first induction since 1999, when the 1948 and '49 championship teams and longtime trainer Otho Davis were added. Jerome Brown was the last player inducted, in 1996. Cunningham, a four-time Pro Bowler, played for the Eagles from 1985 to '95. While with the Birds, he threw for 22,877 yards and 150 touchdowns, and rushed for 4,482 yards and 32 touchdowns.
December 11, 2003 |
RON JAWORSKI started the week after the brutal Mike Hartenstine hit, and that's all you really need to know about Ron Jaworski. Eagles-Bears, 1980, Eagles in the middle of what turned out to be an eight-game winning streak, Jaworski back to pass, fades to his right, looking, looking, looking downfield until Hartenstine thumps him from behind, burying his blue-and-orange helmet between the quarterback's shoulder blades. Stan Walters, the Eagles' beefy left tackle, still wakes up in the cold sweat of anguish, thinking about how Jaworski's head snapped back, how he plummeted, face-first onto the unforgiving surface at Veterans Stadium.
May 9, 2000 |
Otho Davis made his final journey from Philadelphia, his adopted hometown, across the Ben Franklin Bridge yesterday morning. Somehow, the man known as simply 'O' would have found humor and delight in the fact he would not have to pay the $3 toll anymore. Davis hated bridge tolls and the traffic jams they created every day on his way from his Mount Laurel, N.J., home to Veterans Stadium, where he worked as the Eagles' head trainer for almost a quarter of a century. Trailing him across the Delaware River en route to his final resting place was a police-escorted motorcade led by his wife, Mary Louise, four sons; a daughter; and sister.
May 4, 2000 |
Otho Davis used to have a picture on his office wall of a man on horseback. The caption read, "It's not how many people you know, it's how many people you help. " That was the credo of the man who mended the Philadelphia Eagles for 23 years. Mr. Davis died Tuesday night of cancer of the pancreas and liver at age 66. He leaves behind a wife, five children, hundreds of players he healed and mentored, and a generation of athletic trainers who learned from his example and benefited from his generous spirit.
May 3, 2000 |
The Philadelphia sports community has lost another legend. Otho Davis, the renowned athletic trainer and veteran of 23 seasons with the Eagles, died last evening after waging an inspiring battle against liver and pancreatic cancer. Davis, 66, passed peacefully with his wife, Mary Louise, family members and close friends at his bedside at St. Agnes Medical Center in South Philadelphia. Davis' body will be flown to his beloved hometown of Elgin, Texas, where he will be buried alongside his father.
July 19, 1997 |
NFL training camps open this week from Suwanee to San Diego, as the sound of the air horn blares loud on the land, signaling the end of one tedious drill or the start of another. Sweat and repetition are the stuff of training camp: hard work in the hot sun, guys running through tires and enduring other drudgery never repeated in a game, hoping to survive the cuts and win a job. It gets boring very quickly, and in the days when the NFL was not half so corporate and the players had more imagination than money, training-camp tedium produced practical jokes, pranks, capers, and some wonderfully outrageous behavior.
February 9, 1996 |
Otho Davis, the Eagles' head trainer, yesterday decided to accept a reduced role with the club as owner Jeffrey Lurie continues a restructuring and upgrade of the franchise's medical care and training facilities. Davis, reached in Indianapolis, site of the NFL scouting combine, said he is hopeful a satisfactory financial package can be worked out that will allow him to assist in a smooth transition to the Eagles' next head trainer. By deciding to remain with the club, Davis, 62, appears resigned to taking a substantial but still not determined pay cut from his $140,000 salary.
December 7, 1995 |
Be honest. It requires the faith of a zealot to believe the Eagles can beat Dallas on Sunday. There is a powerful truth to statistics, and the numbers coldly suggest a Cowboys win. Dallas, after all, has beaten Philadelphia seven straight times. The Eagles' run-defenders have been awful. And even when they aren't, they can't stop Emmitt Smith. But even in an NFL dominated by just two teams for most of the 1990s, unlikely faith is occasionally rewarded. So all those hopeful pilgrims who will journey to Veterans Stadium on Sunday can cling to this one encouraging fact like a rosary: These same invincible Cowboys were swept by the Redskins this season.
November 10, 1995 |
Eagles guard Joe Panos will miss the remainder of this season after a magnetic-resonance-imaging test revealed a deterioration in his torn left rotator cuff, trainer Otho Davis said last night. After undergoing the MRI Wednesday, Panos learned the results yesterday and decided to seek a second opinion from Dr. John Fenlin at Pennsylvania Hospital. Panos said last night that the diagnoses by Fenlin and Eagles physician Arthur Bartolozzi were essentially the same. "They said the tear was worse and could have become an even more serious problem if I continued to play," Panos said.