The 10 Most Dynamic Players in Philadelphia Eagles History

Asher ChanceySenior Analyst IApril 11, 2011

The 10 Most Dynamic Players in Philadelphia Eagles History

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles scrtambles against B.J. Raji #90 of the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (
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    Merriam Webster's dictionary defines "dynamic" as "marked by usually continuous and productive activity or change," and "energetic or forceful."

    In professional sports, we all know what dynamic means. Dynamic means the ability to change the course of the game single-handedly, the ability to make one play that can win a game, the ability to put the team on your shoulders and do something no one else can do.

    And in some cases, dynamic can mean the ability to ruin things for everyone.

    Here is a look at the ten most dynamic Philadelphia Eagles of all time.

10. Michael Vick

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles against A.J. Hawk #50 and Desmond Bishop #55 of the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadel
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    After only one full season, Michael Vick's special brand of football charged up the Philadelphia Eagles fan base and even got them (or most of them) to forget his past crimes and misdemeanors.

9. Tommy McDonald

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    Tommy McDonald was all of 5'9" and 178 pounds, but as a flanker/halfback/wideout/kick-returner for the Eagles from 1957-1963, he made six Pro Bowls and the Hall of Fame.

8. Pete Pihos

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    Pete Pihos was a tight end and a defensive end for the Eagles for nine seasons. Pihos served two years in World War II after being drafted, but was a staple of the Eagles once he joined the team.

    Pihos led the NFL in receptions in each of his last three seasons, and made six Pro Bowl teams.

7. Terrell Owens

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    Of all of Donovan McNabb's season with the Eagles, the one year in which he had Terrell Owens as a pass-catcher stands out as his best.

    Owens completely changed the makeup of the Eagles, turning them into a high-powered winner, and with Owens the Eagles made their only Super Bowl of the Andy Reid Era (though Owens missed the playoffs).

    Then, the following season, when Owens went into locker room cancer mode after the Eagles would not renegotiate his contract after only one season, he deep-sixed the whole team, and the Eagles missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.


6. Steven Van Buren

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    Steve Van Buren led the NFL in rushing four times, rushing touchdowns four times, and yards from scrimmage twice. He also returned two punts for touchdowns, three kickoffs for touchdowns, and had three kick returns of 90 or more yards.

    Van Buren was a five-time first team All Pro and a Hall of Famer.

5. DeSean Jackson

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    DeSean Jackson has become one of the most electric players in the NFL in the three short years since the Eagles made him their second round pick in the 2008 NFL draft.

    He has had 1,000 or more yards in each of the last two seasons, and last year he led the NFL in yards per catch.

    He has also run back at least one punt for a touchdown in each of his first three seasons, including the thriller against the New York Giants as time expired to cap the Eagles' exciting 38-31 comeback.

4. Donovan McNabb

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    For most of his career, Donovan McNabb could beat you with his arm or with his legs.

    Sadly, his dynamic play was limited to his early years, and largely to regular season games.

3. Timmy Brown

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    Timmy Brown was one of the NFL's best kick returners in the 1960s, leading the league in returns and yards in 1961 and 1963, all-purpose yards in 1962 and 1963, and touchdowns in 1961, 1962 and 1966. Brown had three kickoff returns of 99 or more yards.

    Brown was also a double threat out of the backfield. In 1962, he finished 13th in the NFL in receiving yards with 849.

2. Chuck Bednarik, LB/C

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    Possibly the greatest Philadelphia Eagle of all time.

    An eight-time Pro Bowler, five-time All Pro, and a Hall of Famer, Bednarik was the last NFL player to go both ways full time, playing linebacker and center on the Eagles from 1949–1962.

    A Hall of Famer, Bednarik was a star on the last Eagles championship team in 1960.

    By the way, how crazy does being a linebacker/center sound by today's standards?

1. Randall Cunningham, QB

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    He had a cannon for an arm. He could run like a wide receiver. He could . . . 

    ...punt the ball 91 yards?

    Randall Cunningham may have been one of the most overall talented players in NFL history. And the Philadelphia Eagles had the privilege of watching him play every week for the better part of eight seasons, not including years missed due to injury.

    If you look up "dynamic NFL player" in the dictionary, you will see a picture of Randall Cunningham.