Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Eagles to add Allen, Johnson to Honor Roll
By Dan Graziano
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Tuesday that they plan to induct former cornerback Eric Allen and their longtime defensive coordinator, the late Jim Johnson, into their Honor Roll during a ceremony at halftime of Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Allen and Vick Johnson, Jim's widow, will be present for the ceremony. Allen and Johnson will become the 34th and 35 members of the team's Honor Roll.
Allen's 34 interceptions, amassed between 1988 and 1994, are tied for the most in Eagles history along with Bill Bradley and Brian Dawkins, and he returned five of them for touchdowns. Johnson was the team's defensive coordinator from 1999 until his death from cancer in 2009, and during that time the Eagles' defense ranked second in the NFL in sacks, third-down efficiency and red zone touchdown percentage and fourth in fewest points allowed. Johnson's tenure produced 26 Pro Bowl selections: Brian Dawkins (7), Troy Vincent (5), Jeremiah Trotter (4), Hugh Douglas (3), Lito Sheppard (2), Asante Samuel (1), Trent Cole (1), Michael Lewis (1), Corey Simon (1), and Bobby Taylor (1).