With Eagles news hitting a low point, Eagles Twitter has been clamoring for something to argue about. Leave it none other than WIP’s Eliot Shorr-Parks to stir the pot.
On Wednesday, the Eagles insider dropped his official Mt. Rushmore for the Birds.
As always, seemingly no one agreed with Eliot.
In fact, Sunday Night Football’s Twitter account picked it up and asked their following: Who would be on your Eagles Mt. Rushmore? After little to no deliberation on the topic, I figured I’d throw my hat into the mix and share my Eagles Mt. Rushmore.
We’ll kick thing off with the one agreement Eliot and I have…
The man needs no introduction. Easily the best safety in Eagles history and one of the best safeties in the history of the NFL, Brian Dawkins encapsulated what it meant to be a Philadelphia Eagle.
During his career, Dawkins recorded 36 forced fumbles, the most of any safety in NFL history. He recorded an interception in 15 straight seasons, tied for fifth place for the longest streak in league history. He also notched 34 career interceptions, tied for most in franchise history with Eric Allen and Bill Bradley.
In his 13 years with the Birds, Dawkins reached the Pro Bowl seven times and was named a first team All-Pro four times. In 2002, he came in third place in Defensive Player of the Year voting.
He personified Philadelphia football. He was a no brainer for this list.
Another no brainer here. Reggie White is arguably the best defensive end in the history of the NFL. He recorded at least 11 sacks in each of his eight seasons with the Eagles; he averaged 15.5 sacks per season. It goes without saying, that’s downright remarkable.
White retired as the all-time sack leader with 198. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1980’s and 90’s. Not to mention, he earned 10 first-team All-Pro nods during his 15-year career.
Need I say more?
The last true two-way player in the NFL, Chuck Bednarik was the most important player on the Eagles 1960 championship team.
Concrete Charlie earned his monicker. Not only because of his style of play, but because the man never missed a game. Over his 14-year career, Bednarik ony missed three games out of a possible 169. Playing in the era he did, where the padding and safety protocols were barbaric compared to today’s standards, that’s pretty insane.
From 1950-1954, Bednarik was voted as a first-team All-Pro five years in a row. He finished his career with 20 interceptions and 20 fumble recoveries. Back then, the NFL didn’t record stats for sacks or tackles, but it’s safe to assume he had a lot.
This final spot could have gone to a handful of players/coaches. Andy Reid was my second choice, followed by Donovan McNabb, Harold Carmichael, LeSean McCoy, and others. All of those guys had better careers than Nick Foles, but none of them won a Super Bowl along with a Super Bowl MVP while in midnight green. That alone is enough to earn a spot on the Eagles Mt. Rushmore.
Super Bowl season aside, Foles had a handful of other memorable moments as an Eagle. His 2013 season was one for the history books, as he tossed 27 touchdowns to just 2 interceptions, which included a 7 touchdown performance against the Raiders, tying the single game record for touchdown passes.
BDN may not have had the longest or most prosperous Eagles career, but he’ll always be one of the most revered players in Philly sports history.
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