The vote for the fourth spot on the Eagles’ Mt. Rushmore was as close as any vote we’ve ever conducted.
As of Tuesday morning, Randall Cunningham, Norm Van Brocklin, Steve Van Buren, and Donovan McNabb were bunched together for the final spot. As the day unfolded, it tightened up between Cunningham and Van Brocklin, with McNabb fading. Eventually, Cunningham pulled away, and Van Buren passed Van Brocklin for the fifth spot.
But Cunningham wasn’t on my own Mt. Rushmore for the Eagles; Van Buren was. Along with Andy Reid, Reggie White, and Chuck Bednarik.
The PFT Planet version had White, Bednarik, Cunningham, and Brian Dawkins.
White appeared on 84 percent of the ballots, a number that surely would have been higher if he hadn’t bolted for Green Bay during the first year of “real” free agency. Dawkins showed up on 64 percent of the ballots, and Bednarik’s name landed on 60 percent. Cunningham, Van Buren, and Van Brocklin each were at 32 percent, with McNabb at 28 percent, Reid at 20 percent, and Brian Westbrook and Harold Carmichael at 16 percent.
Some of you argued that Dick Vermeil and Tommy McDonald should have made it to the final 12. And while we respect that, we had to draw the line somewhere.
We’ll draw the line on this article right here, and you can watch the discussion from today’s Pro Football Talk on NBCSN below.