The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the modern-era nominees for the class of 2019, and the Philadelphia Eagles are well represented.
Some Eagles headliners include Donovan McNabb, Randall Cunningham, Seth Joyner, Eric Allen, and Troy Vincent. Let’s look back at some of their accomplishments.
Led the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and their first Super Bowl appearance in two and half decades. Compiled a 92-49-1 record as Eagles quarterback. Once threw four touchdowns on a broken ankle.
One of the most exciting Eagles players of the last 30 years, Cunningham was electric. He is the only player in NFL history with 30,000 passing yards and 5,000 rushing yards and was a pioneer of the "dual-threat" quarterback.
An Eagles legend and fan favorite, Joyner will be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fameon September 23. Joyner is the only Eagles player with at least 35 sacks and 15 interceptions. Here’s what Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie told Eagles.com about Joyner:
“Seth Joyner was one of the most talented and fearless outside linebackers of his era, and the way he committed his heart and soul on every play spoke volumes about his love for the game. Seth epitomized the complete defensive player – dominant against the run, extremely skilled in coverage, and relentless in how he blitzed. Seth is one of the all-time greats in our franchise’s history and he set a powerful example for the generations of players that followed him at his position.”
A staple of the fearsome early-90’s Eagles defense, Allen racked up 34 interceptions with the Birds. He had a career-high eight picks in 1989, and in 1993 he returned four of his six interceptions for touchdowns.
Nabbed 28 of his 47 career interceptions with the Eagles. Vincent went to five Pro Bowls as an Eagle and won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2002. He played a key role in the Eagles’ ascent in the early 2000s and was a standout representative of the franchise.
In addition to those Eagles legends, and handful of other players with connections to the Eagles are also on the ballot: Dick Vermeil, Ricky Watters, Jeff Garcia, Brian Mitchell, Herschel Walker, Sean Landeta, and Jeff Feagles.
It’s great to see so many Eagles legends and other former Eagles nominated for the sport’s highest honor.