August 12, 2014
THERE WAS no artificial turf or an inflatable plastic Eagles head for the players to run through onto the field, when the Birds won the 1960 NFL championship at Franklin Field, their home from 1958-70. But despite those differences, the bricks and concrete were the same yesterday, as the Eagles held their final public training-camp practice in front of a crowd of about 28,000 people, in the oldest stadium still being used for NCAA football, built on the Penn campus in 1895. Legends from the past were honored, and attendees included Chuck Bednarik, Pete Retzlaff and Jeremiah Trotter, among more than 30 others.
August 12, 2007
8 Bob Brown sought greatness. A mountain of a man, Brown feared no one or nothing, not even the heightened expectations he generated. He stated his professional goal shortly after the Eagles used the second overall pick in the 1964 draft to secure the all-American offensive lineman from Nebraska: to be the best tackle ever to play in the National Football League. In five seasons in Philadelphia, Brown became the best tackle ever to play for the Eagles. "The Boomer," as Brown was called, was a sledgehammer, a pioneer, and a carefully chiseled beast who wore down and outlasted his opponents.
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.
September 9, 2015 |
Coach Chip Kelly calls tight end Brent Celek the "epitome of a Philadelphia Eagle. " Celek, a blue-collar player who has been with the Eagles longer that every player except long snapper Jon Dorenbos, says he has been indirectly pushed by his grandfather, Ed Celek, who is a retired business manager and supervisor of buildings and grounds for schools in Fremont, Ohio. Ed Celek went to Notre Dame to play football, "but his mom died and he had to go home and take care of his family, so he really never got to live out the football dream," Brent Celek said after a practice last week.
July 18, 1991 |
"Team Pa.! Team Pa.!" Eastern Pennsylvania's athletes enthusiastically chanted as they walked toward the bus taking them to the airport yesterday for the eighth International Summer Special Olympics Games in Minneapolis. Among those watching and smiling outside the Sheraton Society Hill was Pete Retzlaff. "Our theme is 'Catch the Spirit,' " said the former Eagles tight end and general manager, who also is a member of the Special Olympics international board. "I think you can see why. " Donald Aldridge, 21, is one young athlete who has caught the Special Olympics spirit.
January 11, 1989 |
Quarterback Randall Cunningham, who directed the Eagles to their first playoff berth since 1981, yesterday was named winner of the Bert Bell Award, sponsored by the Philadelphia-based Maxwell Football Club, as the outstanding NFL player of the year. Cunningham won about 75 percent of the first-place votes in balloting by the Maxwell Club members, Pro Football Writers Association members, Philadelphia-area media members and representatives of all 28 NFL teams. The four-year veteran completed 301 of 560 passes for 3,808 yards - all Eagles single-season records - and was the NFC's 11th-leading rusher with a team-leading 624 yards.
May 4, 2010 |
The Eagles will honor their 1960 NFL championship team in Week 1 on Sept. 12, just as the latest lineup begins its drive to end the title drought that has persisted since then. As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the team will wear their old kelly green and white uniforms, matching the ones worn by Chuck Bednarik, Tommy McDonald, Pete Retzlaff, and others when the Eagles last won a championship. The title team will be honored as part of the event and, of course, plenty of 50th anniversary merchandise will be for sale.
December 5, 1997 |
The man who built the last Eagles championship team died yesterday, a day short of his 95th birthday. Vincent Anthony McNally, a native Philadelphian who was the Eagles' general manager from 1949 through 1963, died in his home in Berwyn. Born on Dec. 5, 1902, Mr. McNally was a college teammate of the legendary Four Horsemen of Notre Dame and became famed in Philadelphia for assembling the 1960 Eagles, the city's last NFL champion. Mr. McNally also was the general manager of the 1949 Eagles, who won the NFL championship.
September 28, 2012 |
20 things to know about safety Brian Dawkins, whose No. 20 jersey will be retired on Sunday night: * Was a second-round pick out of Clemson in 1996, 61st overall. Other Eagles draftees that year included G Jermane Mayberry, TE Jason Dunn and QB Bobby Hoying. * Attended Raines High in Jacksonville, Fla., the same school that produced Harold Carmichael and Lito Sheppard. * Among regular players (i.e. not counting David Akers), Dawkins and Carmichael are 1-2 in games played in Eagles history.
September 23, 1994 |
The letters and faxes poured in after my all-time Eagles team was published last month. Some readers agreed with my choices, others disagreed. Here is a sampling, along with my comments: Dear Sir: I can't believe Ray Didinger picked Ron Jaworski over Dutch Van Brocklin at quarterback. While Van Brocklin played only three seasons in Philadelphia, the 1960 team won it all. More importantly, that team is considered by many to be the weakest team ever to win the NFL championship.