Philadelphia Eagles: The 5 Craziest Moments in Eagles History
The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the most successful franchises in the NFL today. Jeffrey Lurie has turned his team into an empire of sorts, due largely to the "most loyal fans in America" according to Forbes Magazine.
Eagles Nation still longs for their first ever Super Bowl, but they still follow the Eagles 365 days a year. The Eagles have had some crazy moments throughout their 77-year history, but which days will forever live in infamy? Which moments in Eagle's history still have you scratching your head?
Here are the top five craziest moments in Philadelphia Eagles history.
5. Eagles Let Reggie White Walk
Not only was allowing Reggie White to walk one of the craziest moments in Philadelphia Eagles history, but it also was one of the most sickening.
The "Minister of Defense" was a gem from the moment he was taken by the Eagles in the first round of the 1984 supplemental draft. He won the NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year, first-team all-rookie and honorable mention All-Pro after posting 13 sacks in his rookie campaign.
His next seven seasons with the Eagles he posted sack totals of: 18, 21, 18, 11, 14, 15, 14. Reggie White was one of the most dominating defensive players year-in and year-out with the Eagles.
What happened next can only be described as craziness.
Norman Braman decided not to pay one of the all-time greatest players in NFL history, and allowed him to sign with the Green Bay Packers where he led them to a Super Bowl victory. Something the Eagles still have never accomplished.
Is this the football version of the Curse of the Bambino?
Reggie White passed away much to early at the age of 43 on December 26, 2004. The fans of Philadelphia never wanted to see the true warrior leave.
4. Miracle at the Meadowlands 2
This was one of the craziest games ever played, regardless of the sport. The Philadelphia Eagles came out flat (thanks Andy Reid) and played terrible for most of the game.
That was until Michael Vick exploded.
Down 31-10 in the final eight minutes of the game, Vick threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to tie the game.
Three Eagle touchdowns and an onside kick recovery later, Matt Dodge of the Giants inexplicably punted the ball to DeSean Jackson, who proceeded to return the ball 65 yards to the house to seal the comeback.
I don't know which was sweeter—watching one of the greatest comebacks in Eagles history come against the Giants, or watching Tom Coughlin scream at his punter, despite his team collapsing.
The game had everything a sports fan could ask for and the ending was seemingly written out of a storybook for all of Eagles Nation.
Giants fans may forever remember this game as "The Nightmare After Christmas."
3. Terrell Owens vs. Donovan McNabb
It's amazing how quickly things went from perfection to hell during Terrell Owens' brief tenure in Philadelphia. Seemingly every time you turned on the television, a boatload of reporters were interviewing either Owens or McNabb.
How T.O. even came to Philadelphia was craziness. Owens’ agent failed to meet a free agency deadline back in 2004, and that made him ineligible to become a free agent.
Owens did not want to go to the Ravens (he wouldn't be able to mock Ray Lewis after a TD) so he filed a grievance to the NFL. He thought he should still be allowed to enter the free agent market.
After a series of negotiations, a deal was worked out between the three teams which sent Owens to Philadelphia where he signed a seven-year, $49 million deal.
This seemingly was a match made in heaven as McNabb finally got the weapon on the outside he was looking for. Owens and McNabb each had career seasons and they finally got over the NFC Championship game hump.
Owens was absolutely spectacular in the Super Bowl against the Patriots, and he openly criticized Donovan for vomiting and getting tired in the biggest game of their careers.
This was the beginning of the end for T.O. in Philadelphia as the Eagles were going to stand behind their quarterback at all costs.
If only T.O. could have kept quiet, he could have gone down as one of the most beloved Eagles of all time.
2. "Gold Standard"
At least Jeffrey Lurie won the "Gold Standard" of film-making when he won an Oscar.
The Eagles owner (and money-making machine) will never live down his self-proclaimed state of the team address in which he stated that the Philadelphia Eagles were the team that other teams wish they could emulate.
Maybe Lurie should look across Broad St. to a certain baseball team in town about what it takes to be the gold standard of a sport.
Heck, even the 76ers and Flyers are more of a gold standard as they have actually won a championship.
Sheer craziness indeed.
1. Michael Vick Signing
I would love to poll the city of Philadelphia and find out how many people could have predicted this. Who actually thought the Philadelphia Eagles would sign Michael Vick straight out of prison? Anyone?
Many felt that Vick deserved a second chance in the NFL after serving his time in prison, but did Philadelphia feel like he deserved another chance on their team?
There was a huge outcry from animal lovers in Philly and across the country, and many questioned if signing a backup QB (at the time) was worth all of the baggage.
Jeffrey Lurie and his wife were self-proclaimed "dog-lovers" and they needed to sign off on the Vick signing.
Michael Vick was able to step in for Kevin Kolb right away in 2010 and take this offense to new heights. Vick jerseys once again can be found all across stadiums in the country.
But it's still a bit awkward for anyone that cares for dogs (or any animals) to be cheering for a guy that went to jail for torturing and killing animals that were used in dogfighting rings.
This is not intended to spark a debate about whether the signing of Michael Vick was right or wrong, but there is no denying that this was the craziest moment in Philadelphia Eagles history.