The Eagles, like the Chargers, have 35 members of the team’s Hall of Fame. Unlike the Chargers, the Eagles aren’t letting the fans decide on No. 36.
The Eagles actually will add No. 36 and No. 37. The team has announced that cornerback Troy Vincent and long-time employee Leo Carlin will join the franchise’s Hall of Fame.
Vincent was drafted by the Dolphins and joined the Eagles via free agency, spending 1996 through 2003 in Philly.
“Troy Vincent was one of the best defensive players to ever put on an Eagles uniform,” owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a news release. “He was both a great playmaker and a true shutdown corner, but what raised his greatness to another level was the way he approached the game. He was a spokesman for the defense and his leadership set the tone for both the younger players on the team and the veterans. He has taken that same passion and intensity into the next phase of his life as Vice President of Player Engagement for the NFL, where he continues to help former and current players succeed off the field. Troy is a great person and was one of the most community-minded players during his career here. For all of these reasons and more, we feel that Troy is very deserving of this honor. We are very excited to enshrine him among the franchise’s best on November 26.”
On that day, the Eagles will host the Panthers in a Monday Night Football game televised by ESPN.
Carlin worked for the Eagles for 53 years, running the ticket office for much of his tenure.
The other members of the team’s Hall of Fame, in the event you’re boning up for a very specific and esoteric trivia contest, are cornerback Eric Allen, center/linebacker Chuck Bednarik, owner Bert Bell, linebacker Bill Bergey, safety Bill Bradley, defensive back Tom Brookshier, tackle Bob Brown, defensive tackle Jerome Brown, running back Timmy Brown, receiver Harold Carmichael, quarterback Randall Cunningham, head trainer Otho Davis, executive Jim Gallagher, end Bill Hewitt, quarterback Ron Jaworski, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, quarterback Sonny Jurgensen, halfback Ollie Matson, receiver Tommy McDonald, running back Wilbert Montgomery, head coach Earl “Greasy” Neale, end Pete Pihos, receiver Mike Quick, end Pete Retzlaff, center Jim Ringo, tackle Jerry Sisemore, quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, halfback Steve Van Buren, head coach Dick Vermeil, tackle Stan Walters, defensive end Reggie White, tackle Al Wistert, center Alex Wojciechowicz, and the 1948 and 1949 NFL Championship Teams.
For any Eagles fans feeling particularly bored on a Friday, feel free to make the case in the comments for past players/coaches/others who have been snubbed to date and current players/coaches/others who should get in.