Philadelphia Eagles' Best And Worst Players In The Last 30 Years

Kevin NoonanContributor IJune 2, 2009

1987: Wide receiver Mike Quick #82 of the Philadelphia Eagles leaps to catch a pass down the sideline during a 1987 NFL game.  (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)

Here’s one man’s opinion of the best and the worst of the Eagles since 1980.

This is completely subjective, of course, and the criteria isn’t just who was the best or worst at each position. For example, Kenny Jackson wasn’t the worst wide receiver to suit up for the Eagles in the last 30 years, but considering where he was drafted—No. 4 overall in 1984—he ranks as one of the biggest busts the team has had over the last three decades.

The same holds true for defensive end Mike Mamula—he wasn’t that bad, but since coach Ray Rhodes made a big trade to move up to No. 7 overall in the 1995 draft (and passed on defensive tackle Warren Sapp), Mamula makes the all-bust list.

Longevity is also a factor.

As bad as he was in the locker room, Terrell Owens was sensational on the field. But he only played one-plus seasons, so he doesn’t make the list.

Of course, if I were to come up with an all-jerk team—and I might in the future—he would definitely be a starter.

Finally, if there are some players on the list whose names you don’t recognize, well, that’s why God created Google.

All-Bonanaza Offense

Mike Quick, wide receiver

Irving Fryar, wide receiver

Jerry Sizemore, tackle

Tra Thomas, tackle

Jermane Mayberry, guard

Shawn Andrews, guard

Guy Morriss, center

Donovan McNabb, quarterback

Brian Westbrook, running back

Wilbert Montgomery, running back

David Akers, kicker

All-Bust Offense

Kenny Jackson, wide receiver

Mike Bellamy, wide receiver

Kevin Allen, tackle

Bernard Williams, tackle

Ron Solt, guard

Bobbie Williams, guard

Steve Everitt, center

Pat Ryan, quarterback

Siran Stacey, running back

Tony Brooks, running back

Manny Matsakis, kicker


All-Bonanza Defense

Reggie White, defensive end 

William Fuller, defensive end

Jerome Brown, defensive tackle 

Andy Harmon, defensive tackle

Seth Joyner, outside linebacker 

Jeremiah Trotter, middle linebacker

William Thomas, outside linebacker 

Eric Allen, cornerback

Troy Vincent, cornerback

Brian Dawkins, safety

Wes Hopkins, safety 

Sean Landeta, punter

All-Bust Defense

Mike Mamula, defensive end

Bruce Walker, defensive end

Jon Harris, defensive tackle

Jon Harris, defensive tackle

Leonard Renfro, defensive tackle

Alonzo Johnson, outside linebacker

Barry Gardner, middle linebacker

Quinton Caver, outside linebacker

Monty Montgomery, cornerback

Charles Dimry, cornerback

Blaine Bishop, safety

Erik McMillan, safety

Ray Criswell, punter


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