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Eagles adding two to team’s Hall of Fame

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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.

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6 Responses to “Eagles adding two to team’s Hall of Fame”
  1. dontouchmyjunk says: Jul 20, 2012 11:02 AM

    LB Seth Joyner and DE Clyde Simmons. Other than those two, recent Eagles Tra Thomas, Brian Westbrook, Donovan McNabb, and Jon Runyan, although not enough time has passed since they last played. Maybe LB Willie Thomas or Jeremiah Trotter also?

    The Eagles have had decades of miserable teams, so there aren’t a lot of deserving players from that franchise’s history.

  2. rc33 says: Jul 20, 2012 11:03 AM

    I knew one would be Leo Carlin.

  3. jelliot1978 says: Jul 20, 2012 11:15 AM

    A few older players who could be added are Seth Joyner who was a hell of a Linebacker for several years and utility man Keith Byers (FB/HB/TE or whatever they needed him to play). Out of current players/recently retired Dawk is already going to be in (or is it a separate event from his jersey being retired?), Westbrook could get in, McNabb should be a lock. David Akers should also get inducted when his time is up. Runyan was a great tackle for many years as well as Tre Thomas. Andy Reid when all is said and done will end up in their hall.

    With their young core several could garner the recognition with several more years of stellar play. Those would include D-Jack, McCoy, Trent Cole

  4. tommyribs says: Jul 20, 2012 11:35 AM

    The Eagles Should induct LaDanian Tomlinson into their Hall of Fame. Since LaDanian would rather be in the Hall of Fame instead of a Superbowl, he would fit right in for the Philly Hall of Fame :-)

  5. db3300 says: Jul 20, 2012 12:04 PM

    Not many people know this but Leo Carlin was the employee who single-handedly petitioned Webster’s Dictionary to change the definition of the word ‘fame’ enabling a lot these guys to make the list.

  6. socojava says: Jul 20, 2012 3:45 PM

    Leo’s a great guy with a million great stories. Nice to see the FO give him some deserved recognition. Congratulations to both Troy and Leo!

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