During Andy Reid's tenure here in Philadelphia, there have been many good football players on his teams. Donovan McNabb, Tra Thomas, Troy Vincent, Jon Runyan and Brian Dawkins are merely a handful of examples.
But while those were excellent players, would you have considered any of them a surprises?
A surprise is something that is unexpected and could be of the good or bad nature. Usually, though, when one thinks of a surprise, it connotes the positive aspect and is considered pleasant. That's what we're going to focus on here; players that were considered a pleasant surprise.
These would be players that we had very little or no expectations of who ended up being starters or solid contributors. Or they could be players who superseded their expectations to the point where nobody could have imagined how good they really were. Hence, the surprise factor.
Just the other day, I made a list of the top 10 most disappointing players of the Andy Reid era. I think it's only right that I follow that up with a more positive list of players who made the most of their opportunities and/or beat the odds.