The 100 Greatest Eagles in Franchise History

This year the NFL is celebrating its 100th year of operation. The Eagles were started in 1933, so they haven’t been around for the entire tenure of the NFL. Still, in their 86 years of playing football they have had plenty of great players and Hall of Famers wear their green, white and black jerseys. The following list will rank the top 100 players in Eagles history. They were measured by how long their tenures were with the team, and what they accomplished while in Philadelphia. Without further ado, here are the *unquestioned 100 greatest players in Philadelphia Eagles history.

*you’re probably gonna yell at me about where some players are ranked/not ranked.

100) CB Asante Samuel (2008-2011)

Stats as an Eagle: 56 games, 23 INTs, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 TD

Accolades: 3x Pro Bowler

Samuel was a true ballhawk in his time with the Eagles. In just 56 games, he intercepted the 11th-most passes in franchise history (every player in front of him has played in at least eight more games). The additions of Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie forced Samuel out of Philadelphia early, but if he had stayed a little longer he was sure to add a few more picks and climb up the franchise's all-time interceptions list a little more.

99) G Evan Mathis (2011-2014)

Stats as an Eagle: 56 games

Accolades: 2x Pro Bowler, 1x All-Pro

The dream team offseason of 2011 was a disaster with the additions of Nnamdi Asomugha, Vince Young, Ronnie Brown, Cullen Jenkins, and Jason Babin that all turned out as failures. However, one signing that salvaged that offseason from being a complete embarrassment was the low-key signing of Evan Mathis. Mathis struggled to find a home in the NFL until he signed with Philadelphia. All of a sudden things clicked, and he was considered one of the best guards in the league throughout his tenure. In his four years as a starter for the Eagles, Pro Football Focus ranked him in the top-five of guard play every season (2011-1st, 2012-1st, 2013-1st, 2014-3rd). Chip Kelly booted him out a door and he was able to land in Denver where he won a Super Bowl with the Broncos before he retired. He now plays competitive poker in his free time.

98) RB Ricky Watters (1995-1997)

Stats as an Eagle: 48 games, 3,794 rushing yards, 31 rush TDs, 161 receptions, 1,318 receiving yards, 1 rec TD; 5,112 scrimmage yards, 32 total TDs

Accolades: 2x Pro Bowler

All Eagles fans remember him for his famous phrase uttered after his first game as an Eagle “For who? For what?” which made fans sour on him. Watters went on to play extremely well for the team after that bad first impression. He never missed a game in his three-year tenure as an Eagle, and was a threat as both a runner and a receiver.

97) DL Marion Campbell (1956-1961)

Stats as an Eagle: 71 games, 2 INTs, 8 fumble recoveries

Accolades: 2x Pro Bowler, NFL Champion (1960)

Campbell was a versatile defensive lineman who helped the Eagles beat Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers in 1960. Sacks weren’t recorded back then so we’ll never be able to measure his true impact, but his 2 interceptions and 8 fumble recoveries showed he was always around the ball and in the right place at the right time.

96) DT Floyd Peters (1964-1969)

Stats as an Eagle: 70 games, 2 INTs, 3 fumble recoveries

Accolades: 3x Pro Bowler

Another player who we can’t really measure too finely because of his era, but in six years with the Birds he made three Pro Bowls. The only other defensive tackle in team history with more Pro Bowl berths is Fletcher Cox.

95) WR Ben Hawkins (1966-1973)

Stats as an Eagle: 102 games, 261 receptions, 4,764 receiving yards, 32 rec TDs

Accolades: N/A

Hawkins helped transcend the Eagles’ passing game back when passing wasn’t really dominant. In 1967 he led the NFL in receiving yards and established himself as one of the better receivers in the league. He remained in Philadelphia a long time, playing in every game possible for seven straight years. His consistency for such a long time is what puts him on this list.

94) DE Greg Brown (1981-1986)

Stats as an Eagle: 89 games, 50.5 sacks, 7 fumble recoveries, 1 safety

Accolades: N/A

The mid-80’s was Brown’s time to shine. He recorded nearly 30 sacks over the course of two seasons in 1984 and 1985. His dominance back still shows today, as his 50.5 sacks as an Eagle are the 5th-most in franchise history.

93) LB Byron Evans (1987-1994)

Stats as an Eagle: 113 games, 806 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries, 13 INTs, 1 touchdown

Accolades: N/A

Evans spent his entire eight year career with the Eagles. He was in the center of the team’s dominant late 80’s-early 90’s Buddy Ryan defense. In 1992 he led the entire NFL in tackles. The team hasn’t honored him yet in their Hall of Fame, but he should be enshrined at some point.

92) DT Ken Clarke (1978-1987)

Stats as an Eagle: 148 games, 32.5 sacks, 8 fumble recoveries, 1 safety

Accolades: N/A

The NFL didn’t start registering sacks until 1982, which was four years after Clarke’s career started. Clarke finished with 32.5 sacks as an Eagle, which are the 13th-most in franchise history. There’s no way of knowing how many sacks Clarke really did have in his full-time with the Eagles, but he’d most definitely be higher on the franchise sacks list. He was also a part of the 1980 Eagles that was one game away from bringing the team’s first Super Bowl trophy home.

91) CB Irv Cross (1961-1966; 1969)

Stats as an Eagle: 83 games, 16 INTs, 9 fumble recoveries, 1 TD

Accolades: 2x Pro Bowler

Even after suffering tons of concussions, Cross only missed one game in his six year career in Philadelphia. He also was able to intercept at least one pass in each season with the Birds. There seemed to be some drama in the Eagles locker room in the mid 1960s, as Cross threatened to quit football if he wasn’t traded (linebacker Maxie Baughan also demanded a trade). He spent three years in Los Angeles then returned to the Eagles in 1969 for one final season. If he would have spent his entire career in Philadelphia he’d be much higher on this list.

90) RB Tom Woodeshick (1963-1971)

Stats as an Eagle: 111 games, 3,563 rushing yards, 21 rush TDs, 126 receptions, 1,175 receiving yards, 6 rec TDs; 4,736 scrimmage yards, 27 total TDs

Accolades: 1x Pro Bowler

Woodeshick spent nine seasons in Eagles green, and was consistently good throughout his tenure. He spent his first four seasons in the team only playing sparingly, but in 1967 he got his big break and took advantage of it. The following season he was selected to his only Pro Bowl. He has the 9th-most rushing yards in franchise history.

89) RB Duce Staley (1997-2003)

Stats as an Eagle: 98 games, 4,807 rushing yards, 22 rush TDs, 2,498 receiving yards, 10 rec TDs; 7,305 scrimmage yards, 32 total TDs

Accolades: N/A

DUUUUUUUCE! Staley has always been a fan favorite in Philadelphia. He recorded three 1000 yard rushing seasons as an Eagle, and his 4,800 total rushing yards still have him in the top-5 in Eagles franchise history. His most memorable moment as an Eagle was probably The Pickle Juice Game, when he rushed for 200 yards and added 61 yards as a receiver in a dominant win over the Dallas Cowboys.

88) FB/TE Keith Byars (1986-1992)

Stats as an Eagle: 105 games, 2,672 rushing yards, 17 rush TD, 371 receptions, 3,532 receiving yards, 13 rec TDs; 6,204 scrimmage yards, 30 total TDs

Accolades: Eagles’ 75th Anniversary Team

Byars was an offensive weapon for the Randall Cunningham-era Eagles. He lined up in virtually every skill position on offense, even throwing six touchdowns in his career (four of those touchdowns coming in 1990 alone). He has the 7th-most receptions, 13th-most rushing yards and 16th-most receiving yards in Eagles history.

87) WR Calvin Williams (1990-1996)

Stats as an Eagle: 93 games, 295 receptions, 3,840 receiving yards, 34 rec TDs

Accolades: N/A

Williams was a consistent wide receiver for Randall Cunningham in the 90s. He never really had any eye-popping reception or receiving yard numbers, but the man knew how to cross pay dirt. His 34 receiving touchdowns are still the 8th-most in Eagles history.