8 Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys You Likely Rocked During Your Childhood
Even though the Philadelphia Eagles have never won a Super Bowl, the team has been competitive throughout the past few decades. From the Buddy Ryan to the Andy Reid era, the Eagles have had more than their fair share of playoff appearances.
Even during the more disappointing seasons in recent memory, such as 1998, 2005 or 2012, the Eagles remained one of the more popular teams in the NFL.
They're marketable and have always been well represented when it comes to jersey sales. The following slides will depict eight of the more popular Eagles players in reverse order.
8. Duce Staley, Running Back
Although he was just an average starting running back during his prime, Duce Staley remains one of the most popular players in franchise history.
Staley rushed for more than 1,000 yards three times with the Eagles. He was also an underrated threat out of the backfield, catching more than 50 passes in three different seasons.
Staley played in all three NFC championship losses with the Eagles before signing with the cross-state rival Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2004, he played in his fourth straight conference championship game loss before playing on the Super Bowl champion 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers.
7. Reggie White, Defensive End
Reggie White is arguably the most dominant player in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles.
During his eight seasons in an Eagles uniform, White average 15.5 sacks per year. He collected 21 sacks in 12 games during the strike-shortened 1987 season, which was an average of 1.75 sacks per game. He also averaged 99 tackles per year, according to Pro Football Reference.
The day that White signed with the Green Bay Packers is one of the darkest days in franchise history.
6. Jeremiah Trotter, Linebacker
A fourth-round draft pick during the 1998 season, Jeremiah Trotter had three different stints in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform.
He earned Pro Bowl selections following the 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005 seasons. A devastating tackler, Trotter came off the bench during the 2004 season to solidify a run defense that ranked among the worst in the league. Nevertheless, the Eagles ended up advancing to the Super Bowl that season.
During his peak years, Trotter was as good as any linebacker in franchise history, but let's just forget about his 2009 season.
5. Brian Westbrook, Running Back
Although Brian Westbrook had a shorter peak than most running backs, he was as explosive as any back in the league in 2006 and 2007.
In 2007, he set a franchise record with 90 receptions and 2,104 total yards from scrimmage. He averaged 4.6 yards per rush in an Eagles uniform, never dipping below 4.0.
Westbrook fumbled just 12 times during his Eagles career and also excelled as a punt returner, taking back two scores in his rookie season in 2003.
4. LeSean McCoy, Running Back
A virtual clone of Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy ranks among the top running backs in the game.
He earned a Pro Bowl selection after a monster 2011 season, when he rushed for 1,309 yards and scored 20 touchdowns, including 17 on the ground. The previous year, he rushed for 1,080 yards on 5.2 yards per carry, which was the fourth-best total in the league.
Just 24 years old, McCoy appears to be a perfect fit for Chip Kelly's new offense, which features a high percentage of running plays.
3. DeSean Jackson, Wide Receiver
One of the most explosive players in franchise history, DeSean Jackson is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
He's still the only player in NFL history to earn a Pro Bowl selection at two different positions—wide receiver and punt returner—in the same season (2009). He has four career punt return touchdowns, including an improbable walkoff touchdown to beat the New York Giants in the Miracle at the New Meadowlands.
Jackson's drop-off in production over the past two seasons has been disappointing, but he's still just 26 years old and could enjoy a career revival in Chip Kelly's new offense.
2. Brian Dawkins, Free Safety
He's the franchise's most popular player in the last few decades. He's probably the most popular player in the history of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Brian Dawkins established himself as one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the NFL during his 13 seasons in an Eagles uniform. He is tied for the team record in career interceptions with 34.
In addition, he was a master of the free-safety blitz. He intercepted Brett Favre in overtime to win the 2003 NFC divisional playoff game and crushed Atlanta Falcons' tight end Alge Crumpler after a 31-yard catch in the 2004 NFC Championship Game.
1. Donovan McNabb, Quarterback
Love him or hate him, and it's probably one of the two, there's no denying that Donovan McNabb left quite an impression on the fanbase. Every Philly fan has a McNabb jersey somewhere in his collection.
During his 11 seasons in a Philadelphia uniform, McNabb earned six Pro Bowl selections and led the team to the NFC Championship Game five times. In 2004, he became the first quarterback in league history to throw for more than 30 touchdowns with fewer than 10 interceptions, and he ended his Eagles career with a ridiculous 2.16-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
He should be respected a lot more than he is. There's no denying that. Give it a few years, and hopefully he will be regarded as the most successful quarterback in franchise history.
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