Not all Philadelphia Eagles players will make a trip to Canton, but that doesn't mean they don‘t deserve consideration. Here are some examples of the raw talent, and some of the most influential Eagles to me of all time.
Eric Allen was a stand out Cornerback from the day the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him. He had the ability to earn 1988 Rookie of the year award. He was a resilient player who in a span of 14 years, only missed 3 games!
That shows he was very dedicated to being on that field. Allen, tallied six Pro Bowls(Five with the Eagles), and 54 career interceptions in 14 years. He definitely showed his instinct to get the ball in his hands. Allen made quite the impact on the league.
Keith Byars was probably one of the most versatile backs in Philadelphia's history. Not only did he score on the ground, he also showcased his ability to catch the ball of the backfield.
While recording only 23 rushing touchdowns, he recorded 31 more out of the backfield with those dangerous hands. He could even get the ball in the end zone through the air. He threw 6 touchdowns! Hall of Fame status? No. Versatile? Yes.
Bill Bergey was a feared Linebacker since he was acquired from the Cincinnati Bengals in 1974. He was one of the most talented Linebackers of his and any time. Having the ability to hit the ball carrier and use his hands to his advantage to grab interceptions.
He had an eye-popping 233 tackles in a single season! Not to mention 27 interceptions! As a Middle Linebacker, that’s pretty insane. He went to 5 Pro Bowls, and was named Philadelphia Eagles MVP 3 times! His abilities on the field were incredible, definitely great in my eyes.
Irving Fryar: where should I begin. His route running skills were amazing. His hands were no question. Only playing 3 seasons with the Birds caught 222 passes. Catching 71 passes a year isn't too shabby. Watching Irving Fryar play was amazing because his size and talent was perfect.
He caught 88 passes his first year with Philly. His career totals are astronomical having caught 851 passes for 12,785 yards and 84 touchdowns. He was elected to 5 Pro Bowls(2 with Philly). Finding a Wide receiver with his talent is rare.
Duuuuuuccccceeee!!! Duce Staley was a fan favorite in Philadelphia since being drafted. Though his numbers were never truly elite, he showed his heart and passion in every single play. Duce's heart and determination in every play was obviously there. He never stopped moving those feet.
Trying to fight for every yard. He racked up close to 4,800 yards and 22 scores on the ground. Also adding on 275 receptions for 2500 yards and 10 touchdowns, he demonstrated his versatility on the field. Duce won't be inducted, but will always be remembered in my heart.
Bobby Taylor and Troy Vincent were a Quarterback's nightmare. They were combined to be one of the deadliest Cornerback tandems in the NFL. Though Bobby Taylor wasn't the athlete that Vincent was, he still gave it his all on every down.
Taylor and Vincent combined to have a total of 47 interceptions in their time together. Vincent recording 28, Taylor with 19. Vincent was elected to 5 Pro Bowls, Taylor to 1. Vincent and Taylor are by-far my favorite Cornerback tandem ever.
Jeremiah Trotter was a force to be reckoned with when he put on an Eagle uniform. Showing his intensity and skill on the field. Watching Trotter play has been truly a pleasure. He didn't play very long with Philadelphia, but his time spent here will be deeply appreciated. He helped his team have one of the best defenses in the league for years. He was elected to 4 Pro Bowls.
He was the heart and soul of the Eagles D for the years he was there. He was a tremendous leader. He won't probably see the hall of fame, but will have a place in my heart as one of the most memorable Eagles ever.
Ricky "Running" Watters played only 3 years in Philadelphia. He was born with a god given talent to run with the pig skin. Playing in an Eagles uniform for 3 years, he racked up 3800 yards and 31 scores. Not too bad for only 3 years of service.
He was elected to 5 Pro Bowls but only 2 with the Birds. Ricky Watters was a good Running Back who won't get any recognition from the Hall of fame, but will always be an Eagle.
Seth Joyner, he was a physical specimen from day one. Having the size and the speed that any coach would want. Joyner played 8 years in the Linebacking Core under the Eagles.
Recording an astounding 900 tackles in that time span. He reached 3 Pro Bowls(2 with Philly). Seth Joyner was the prototypical Linebacker, he set the standard for Linebackers to come.