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Brian Dawkins 2017 HOF Debate

Here we are in the National Football League playoffs but for us that it means it is time to discuss the potential class of the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame.  The Finalists have been announced, and along with regular contributor, Spheniscus, we will go back and forth with each candidate and openly debate as to which player would be a worthy Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Committee Chairman: Spheniscus, we have a strong candidate for a first year inductee in Brian Dawkins…except for two things:

Brian Westbrook and Maxie Baughan to the Eagles HOF

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that there will be two new members of their franchise’s Hall of Fame.

Brian Westbrook and Maxie Baughan will enter the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame officially on October 19, the date of Philly’s home game against divisional rival, the New York Giants. 

Westbrook would spend eight of his nine NFL seasons with the Eagles, where he helped the team make playoff after playoff.  He would finish with 5,995 Rushing Yards, 3,790 Receiving Yards with 66 Touchdowns as an Eagle.  This would be framed by two Pro Bowl appearances.

Maxie Baughan spend the first half of his twelve season career with Philadelphia.  Baughan earned five Pro Bowls and one First Team All Pro nod as an Eagle.  The Linebacker started all 80 of his Games as an Eagle.

We here at would like to congratulate both Westbrook and Baughan for earning this honor.

Jeremiah Trotter to the Philadelphia Eagles HOF

The Philadelphia Eagles announced this week two new members, a former player and an announcer to their franchise Hall of Fame.

Middle Linebacker, Jeremiah Trotter will be entering the Eagles Hall of Fame this autumn.

Trotter was a 3rd Round Draft Pick in 1998, from Stephen F. Austin and was used sparingly in his rookie season.  Trotter would become a starter in his sophomore season under new Head Coach, Andy Reid, and would proceed to lead Philadelphia in Tackles in three seasons in a row. 

In 2000, Trotter would be named to the First Team All Pro and make his first Pro Bowl.  He would go to the Pro Bowl again the following season.  Unfortunately for the Eagles fans, he was unable to work out a contract extension and would become a free agent, signing a two year deal with the NFC East rival, the Washington Redskins.  It would only be two seasons in red for Trotter as he would sign back with the Eagles following that stint.

Returning to Philadelphia in 2004, he would again go to the Pro Bowl and again in 2005.  He would sign with Tampa Bay in 2007 and returned to the Eagles for his third and final run with the team for one season in 2009.

Trotter finished his Eagles career with 116 Games, 7 Interceptions, 2 Defensive Touchdowns, 11 Quarterback Sacks and 564 Tackles.  Arguably, Trotter was a key factor to Philadelphia’s last Super Bowl appearance.

The Linebacker will be joined into the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame with Broadcaster, Merrill Reese who will be entering his 40th season broadcasting for the team. 

The ceremony for the new Eagles Hall of Fame class will take place during their November 28th home game against the Green Bay Packers.

We here at would like to congratulate both Jeremiah Trotter and Merrill Reese for earning this prestigious honor. 

The Philadelphia Eagles to induct Bobby Walston to their HOF

During halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles home game pre-season game it was announced that Bobby Walston will be inducted into their franchise Hall of Fame on September 21, during their home game against the Detroit Lions.

Walston played his entire 12-year career (1951-62) with Philadelphia where he was one of the most versatile offensive weapons that the team would have as he played at Wide Receiver, Tight End and Kicker.  He was a member of the 1960 NFL Championship Team and was a two-time Pro Bowler (1960 & 1961) and his 5,363 Receiving Yards during his time was the fourth most in the NFL during the time he played.  His 881 Points Scored is still second all-time in franchise history.

Sadly, this accolade will be posthumous, as he passed away in 1987.

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24. Maxie Baughan

If you have an eleven-year professional football career and you make the Pro Bowl for nine of them, it can be widely assumed that you had a very productive career.  Maxie Baughan did just that, but because he spread those accomplishments across three teams, he is not specifically associated with any franchise, which may have hampered his recognition factor.

Baughan first cut his teeth with the Eagles and was a big part of their championship run in 1960.  He was easily the best defender on the Eagles, but as that team’s fortunes waned, he looked to be traded to a contender.  He took his skills to the Rams and later Washington, where at both stops he remained a perennial Pro Bowler.
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29. Roman Gabriel

In the early 1960s, to say that the Los Angeles Rams were bad would be an understatement.  Things began to change slowly once Roman Gabriel really came into his own as their Quarterback.
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30. Herschel Walker

It may be called the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but for all intents and purposes, it only focuses on accomplishments from the NFL and to a lesser extent the AFL.  This is too bad for Herschel Walker who chalked up monster totals in his first three years of Pro Football but did so as a member of the New Jersey Generals of the upstart United States Football League.

Walker would go to the Dallas Cowboys and would forever try to live up to the Play Station like numbers he put up in College and in the USFL.  Walker was still very good and put up good numbers for Dallas in both receiving and running the ball.  He was however the focal point of one of the more lopsided trades in NFL history where the Vikings sent five players and a multitude of draft picks (three of which were Emmitt Smith, Alvin Harper, and Darren Woodson).  Dallas would use this to build a dynasty of the ’90s, and Minnesota coaches took there frustration out on Walker who was not used to the best of his ability while as a Viking.  Herschel was still good, but his stock dramatically went down.
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31. Randall Cunningham

If the Football Hall of Fame was based solely on excitement there should be no doubt that Randall Cunningham would have been inducted on the first ballot.  His nickname of the “Human Highlight Reel” was well deserved and he was hands down the most entertaining Quarterback of his era.

Randall Cunningham could beat you with his throwing arms or with his legs.  He excelled at scrambling and is the current all-time leader for rushing yards (4,928) for a Quarterback.  This made him exciting to watch but also overshadowed his ability to throw.  Cunningham was an efficient thrower and as his speed began to wane, he was able to prove to a lot of people in the league that he could throw with the best of them.
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42. Eric Allen

There have been many great defensive stars for the Philadelphia Eagles through the years.  Perhaps one of their quickest was Eric Allen, who was a constant threat to intercept any football thrown in his vicinity.

Eric Allen was an impact player almost immediately in the NFL.  In his first eight years as a professional, Allen was named to the Pro Bowl six times and despite being a Cornerback, became a Sports Centre staple.  In 1993, Eric Allen had six picks, four of which he returned for touchdowns.
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43. Ricky Watters

You never had to wonder what was on Ricky Watters's mind.  He would tell you whether it was good or bad, and that brashness made him a very polarizing figure in the NFL.  It is also possible that this is why the Hall of Fame has yet to look his way.

Ricky Watters was one of the most consistent Running Backs in the National Football League.  He gained 1,000 yards on the ground seven times while catching fifty passes five times.  Watters was the player that teams went to when they wanted to move the chains.  With that said, he was far from a darling of the press and it has been speculated that this could be a factor that could keep him out of the Hall of Fame.
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59. Keith Jackson

It might be hard being named Keith Jackson when there was already a very famous sports commentator with the same name who became the voice of the sport.  The Tight End with the same name still managed to carve out his own identity.
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64. Harold Jackson

Harold Jackson had two great seasons in Philadelphia leading the league in receiving yards in 1969 and 1973.  It is too bad that Jackson was the only one playing well for those dreadful Eagles teams.
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70. Donovan McNabb

At one point, we here at debated openly that Donovan McNabb played himself out of the Hall of Fame, with horrific stints in Washington and Minnesota, but if he would have won that Super Bowl (the one he threw up in), would that discussion even be held?
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98. Pete Retzlaff

In this era of sports specialization, it is hard to imagine that football players used to change positions regularly.  Pete Retzlaff played various offensive positions, but he could always be counted on to catch the ball.
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121. Irving Fryar

As the first overall pick in 1984, many expected Irving Fryar to be great right away.  He wasn’t, but his career showcased a slow climb to being one of the elite receivers in football, and a lot of times hearing his number called by broadcasters on Sunday afternoons.
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