NFL Nation: Tommy McDonald
Van Brocklin was at the end of the career, but he made his final season count by delivering bombs to McDonald and Retzlaff. McDonald, a Hall of Famer, averaged more than 20 yards per catch in 1960. He scored a 35-yard touchdown in the Eagles’ classic 17-13 win over the Packers. The Eagles won their other two titles in the late 1940s under coach Greasy Neale, but the ’60 team made more of an impact in the community. It’s only appropriate that the Eagles will break out the kelly green jerseys for the season opener against the Packers. Too bad they can’t play at Franklin Field (they supposedly looked into it).
Most impressive win: Definitely the title game against the Packers. In his second season as head coach of the Packers, Vince Lombardi had Jim Taylor, Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Max McGee, Jerry Kramer and Forrest Gregg on offense. This was a dynasty in the making, but the Eagles forced the Packers to wait a year before Green Bay won the NFL title in ’61.
Best player: McDonald was a burner, but I’ll go with Bednarik because he gave the team its identity. He played center and linebacker.
2004: Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens formed one of the top combinations in the league, and Brian Westbrook was dangerous as a dual threat. This was a superb team -- as evidenced by its playoff run without the injured T.O.
1980: Eagles fans have fond memories of Wilbert Montgomery carving up the Cowboys in the NFC title game for 194 yards and a touchdown. Nose tackle Charlie Johnson helped anchor a dominating defense.
2002: Duce Staley ran for 1,000 yards and had 500 yards receiving. The Eagles were deep enough that they made it to the NFC title game during a season in which A.J. Feeley had to start five games because McNabb was injured. I don’t have to remind you what happened against Tampa Bay in the playoffs. By the way, the Eagles dominated the Bucs in a 20-10 win earlier that season.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Philadelphia Inquirer blogger Bob Ford is wondering when the Eagles will officially retire safety Brian Dawkins' number. They could do it when the Broncos come to the Linc this season, but as Bob points out, things could get a little awkward. And honestly, what's the big hurry?
I don't think Eagles fans will suddenly move on with their lives because of a nice ceremony. Give some of the wounds time to heal and then hold the ceremony after Dawkins retires in a year or two. I'm also wondering why we've skipped a couple numbers. Tommy McDonald and Harold Carmichael are both worthy of consideration. And don't forget about "Super" Bill Bradley and Randall Cunningham.
Should Dawkins go straight to the front of the line simply because he's top of mind right now? Let me hear from you guys.