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August 12, 2007
6 Wilbert Montgomery. It was the run. Jan. 11, 1981, Eagles vs. Cowboys, a berth in the Super Bowl on the line. On the Eagles' second offensive play, a woozy Ron Jaworski, fresh off a hammering from Randy White, handed off to Wilbert Montgomery, who ran left, then right, then straight through the frigid air into the end zone. Montgomery ran 42 yards, but the distance seemed so much greater. A sixth-round draft choice, Montgomery had been so painfully shy, so humble, so scared he wouldn't even make the Eagles team when he arrived as a rookie in 1977.
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January 31, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS - When the coaching bug finally bit Dick Vermeil again in 1997, the first call he made after becoming the St. Louis Rams' head coach was to Wilbert Montgomery. "Wilbert and I had stayed close," Vermeil said. "He did so much for me and the Eagles. I always felt guilty that there was nothing I could do for him [after his playing career ended in 1985]. "When I went back into coaching, I knew there was something I could do for him. He had no idea the call was coming.
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November 21, 1993 | By Matt Toll, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
No fewer than 11 people say hello to Wilbert Montgomery as he stands near the entrance to Showcase Sports in the Deptford Mall. Two get handshakes. One gets a hug. All get smiles and a wave, coming from a man whose glory days with the only Philadelphia Eagles team to go to the Super Bowl are nearly a decade in the past. Today, Wilbert Montgomery still is a very recognizable name, a businessman, a South Jersey resident, and someone who would rather be taken seriously as a merchant than as a retired football star.
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September 1, 1993 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A litte more than a week after being approved as a volunteer assistant football coach by the West Deptford school board, former Eagles running back Wilbert Montgomery has officially joined the team's coaching staff. Montgomery was approved at the Aug. 23 board meeting, but then told coach Clyde Folsom that he wouldn't be able to take the job, citing a conflict with his regular work schedule. Montgomery works for former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski, overseeing sporting goods stores in Deptford, Moorestown and Philadelphia.
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May 18, 1996 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Terry Bradshaw, Walter Payton, Wilbert Montgomery and Widener's Billy "White Shoes" Johnson were among the first group of players from the NCAA's Division I-AA, II and III and the NAIA named to the College Football Hall of Fame yesterday. Bradshaw, who won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers, passed for 6,568 yards from 1966 to 1969 for Louisiana Tech. Payton, the NFL's all-time rushing leader with 16,726 yards in 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears, played for Jackson State from 1971 to 1974.
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May 7, 1986 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Sports Writer
Wilbert Montgomery is not going out in a blaze of glory. But he is going out on his own two feet. And that is just as important to the Eagles' all-time rushing leader. "I watched 'Rocky IV,' " he said. "I saw Apollo Creed. I didn't want to end up like him (in the movie, boxer Creed was killed). You can't play forever. You have to know when it's time to come out of the ballgame. "I can walk now. If I decided to play another year, maybe something severe would happen to me. " Montgomery, 31, who was traded to the Detroit Lions last summer after eight record-breaking seasons with the Eagles, has not yet officially announced his retirement.
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November 8, 2014 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
INJURIES along the offensive line have seemingly derailed LeSean McCoy's chase for a second consecutive NFL rushing title. We're about halfway through the season and McCoy is in fourth place, more than 500 yards behind Dallas' DeMarco Murray. Unless there's an injury, McCoy is not catching him - even with a game in hand. But . . . "I'm definitely chasing him," McCoy said. "That's always the plan. Obviously, I'm going to do my part to catch him. Hopefully, I get a couple 200 yarders in there.
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May 18, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Wilbert Montgomery, the star running back who led the Eagles to their only Super Bowl appearance in 1981, will join former NFL greats Terry Bradshaw and Walter Payton as inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame. The group of 10 former players and four coaches will be inducted on Aug. 16-17 in South Bend, Ind. Montgomery, who held the all-time collegiate record with 76 touchdowns at Abilene Christian (1973-76), led the school to the NAIA championship as a freshman with 37 touchdowns.
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November 6, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
St. Louis coach Dick Vermeil criticized assistant coach Wilbert Montgomery for telling Chicago radio listeners some Rams players lack heart. The running backs coach was a guest on the radio show "The Score" Tuesday and answered questions from hosts Mike North, Dan Jiggetts and Walter Payton. "On our team, we have a lot of guys that don't have a lot of heart," Montgomery said. "But that's true throughout the league. " When Montgomery was asked if many of the Rams had "football smarts," Montgomery said: "To tell you the truth, when you're talking about 53 guys out there, you're roughly speaking about 10 or 12 guys.
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December 23, 2011
Here are some things to look for when the Eagles visit the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday:   Coughing it up The Eagles' league-worst 35 turnovers are the most the team has had since the 39 they committed in 1999, Andy Reid's first season as head coach. They are on pace to finish with 40, which would be the most in franchise history since the Eagles coughed up 43 in 1991.   The Babinator Just three games ago, Jason Babin stood at a very respectable 10 sacks.
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April 28, 2016
CHICAGO - The Eagles further narrowed the list of things they have to do in the NFL draft, which gets underway here Thursday, when they signed reserve free-agent defensive tackle Mike Martin, who was a Titans third-round pick in 2012. Crafting a 2016 roster that isn't dependent on the draft has been de facto general manager Howie Roseman's quest ever since he was restored to power, and it became even more important after last week's tradeup with the Browns. The Eagles would like for their presumed first-round selection, quarterback Carson Wentz, to never take the field in a regular-season game in 2016.
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December 10, 2015 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THANKS TO a plodding schedule and the NFL's overinflated sense of importance, football divas provide the juiciest storylines in sports. The Eagles exiled their last one to Buffalo, the Siberia of the NFL . . . but, as it turns out, they replaced that diva with another. Deliciously, their paths collide Sunday. According to an ESPN report Tuesday, DeMarco Murray is so upset with his diminished workload that, on Sunday night, he complained to owner Jeffrey Lurie on the team plane back from New England.
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July 31, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News taff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
HAS THIS offseason been interesting? Absolutely. Has it been unprecedented? Not at all. The Daily News went back to the Dick Vermeil days and found that Eagles coaches' third offseasons have generally been an adventure. Star running backs have been traded. Front office coups have been pulled. Players have retired because of the weather. Heck, in 1985, the starting quarterback ripped the owner. In 1993, another silently mocked the coach. Forget about the Kool-Aid, the 1978 team will tell you, don't drink the water!
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July 30, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writerbarkowe@phillynews.com
HAS THIS offseason been interesting? Absolutely. Has it been unprecedented? Not at all. The Daily News went back to the Dick Vermeil days and found that Eagles coaches' third offseasons have generally been an adventure. Star running backs have been traded. Front office coups have been pulled. Players have retired because of the weather. Heck, in 1985, the starting quarterback ripped the owner. In 1993, another silently mocked the coach. Forget about the Kool-Aid, the 1978 team will tell you, don't drink the water!
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January 4, 2015 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
LESEAN MCCOY set the bar exceptionally high for himself entering this season. More than 1,600 yards on the ground, a rushing title and preseason chatter of a 2,000-yard campaign tend to have that effect. And while McCoy's sixth NFL season - his second under coach Chip Kelly - didn't live up to the one that preceded it, the Eagles' running back added several more lines to his resume in 2014, chief among them the title as the franchise's all-time leading rusher. McCoy, who finished fifth in the Daily News Sportsperson of the Year voting, finishes the regular season third in the league in rushing, with 1,319 yards - his second-best single-season mark - to go with his five touchdowns.
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December 11, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
WHILE REPORTERS were asking Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez yesterday about Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett's saying that Philadelphia police should look into Sanchez "trying to impersonate a good quarterback," after Sunday's game, a jersey sat draped over a box in the overflow from LeSean McCoy's NovaCare locker stall. It was Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman's white No. 25, and across the blue numeral 5, Sherman had scrawled a message in silver Sharpie, congratulating McCoy for becoming the franchise's all-time leading rusher.
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December 9, 2014 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
It should have been one of his greatest moments as an Eagle. But LeSean McCoy will remember the day he became the franchise's all-time leading rusher in a much different way. "I didn't play well at all," McCoy said. "It was probably one of my worst games . . . since being here. " McCoy fumbled on the first play of the second half, giving the Seahawks a short field to punch it in on their way to a 24-14 win Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. He wasn't in much of a celebrating mood later in the third quarter, when a 4-yard run pushed him past Wilbert Montgomery and into the Eagles record book.
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December 9, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
ON A DAY when there should have been trumpets and applause for LeSean McCoy, there was only wailing and gnashing of teeth. On the day when he passed Wilbert Montgomery to become the Eagles' all-time rushing leader, all McCoy could think about was his disappointing performance in the Eagles' 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Fifty yards on 17 carries and a killer fumble on the first play of the second half that teed up seven points for the Seahawks. "That was a huge turnover," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said after the game.
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December 6, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the running backs' meeting room, Duce Staley shows his players clips of past Eagles runners. They might identify a uniform number and recall a certain run, but they don't usually know the names. LeSean McCoy knows the names. McCoy has studied the top rushers to play in Philadelphia, and he has relationships with some of them. On Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, McCoy could surpass Wilbert Montgomery to become the leading rusher in Eagles history. He needs 48 yards to eclipse Montgomery's 6,538 yards.
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December 5, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
THERE IS NO need to worry, because LeSean McCoy has his priorities straight. He knows the primary focus on Sunday is for the Eagles to do whatever is necessary to beat the Seattle Seahawks at Lincoln Financial Field. Still, it would be naïve to think McCoy has paid no attention to the individual accomplishment sitting right in front of him. The sixth-year running back needs only 48 yards to pass Wilbert Montgomery as the all-time leading rusher in Eagles history. "It's something cool, it really is," McCoy said.
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