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2016 Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable 3rd Annual Hall of Fame Ballot

In Misc Philly Sports, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phillies, Philly Pressbox, Philly Pressbox Radio on July 27, 2016 at 8:51 pm

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Welcome to the 3rd annual Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable Hall of Fame voting ballot.

As a review in 2014 we elected the following players. Chuck Bednarik, Steve VanBuren and Reggie White of the Eagles. Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton and Robin Roberts of the Phillies. Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent of the Flyers and Wilt Chamberlain and Julius “Dr J” Erving of the 76ers.

In 2015 we allowed the fans to select the top 3 by voting. Each fan could vote for 5 plauyers with the top 3 being inducted. Jim “Chet” Chesko and Bill Furman each selected one player. The fans selected Brian Dawkins, Richie Ashburn and Bill Barber while Chet selected Smokin Joe Frazier and Bill selected Pete Pihos.

We have added 5 new players to the ballot to combine with the 11 holdovers. Your job is to select 5 from the list. The ballot will close before next weeks show where we will announce our 5 new members.

So far the fans and the Philly Pressbox Radio staff have gotten it right. Lets see how 2016 goes.

 

Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable 2015 Philly Sports Hall of Fame Ballot

In Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phillies, Philly Pressbox, Philly Pressbox Radio on June 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm

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In June of 2014 Jim “Chet” Chesko and Bill Furman along with the listeners of Philly Pressbox Radio selected the first ever Philly Pressbox Hall of Fame class. There were 21 Philadelphia athletes, all members of their respective Hall of Fame, that were put on the ballot, of that 10 were selected. They were Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, Robin Roberts of the Phillies, Wilt Chamberlain and Julius “Dr J” Erving of the 76ers, Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent of the Flyers and Chuck Bednarik, Steve Van Buren and Reggie White of the Eagles.

The remaining 11 from that ballot were carried over to 2015 and we’ve added 5 more names to the list. Of the 16 on the 2015 ballot the fans will vote to pick 3, Chet will pick one and Bill will pick one for a total of 5 to complete the class. Each person can make a maximum of 5 picks since this list is so tough.

 

The voting will be open until Wednesday June 17 with the results announced during the Philly Pressbox Radio Roundtable show at 7pm Eastern time on June 17.

The nominees are as follows:

 

BRIAN DAWKINS AUTOGRAPH SIGNING

In Philadelphia Eagles on February 25, 2014 at 11:24 pm

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Former Philadelphia Eagle and future Hall of Famer BRIAN DAWKINS will be signing autographs March 8. The Philly Pressbox is offering pre-sales.

Following are the available signed Eagles items and price list:

Full Size Replica Helmet – $175

Mini Helmet – $90

Logo Football – $90

16×20 – $80

11×14 – $75

8×10 – $70

Full size Pro Line Helmet – $325

Shipping cost will vary from $15 for the full size helmets, $7 for footballs and mini helmets and $3 for photos. Our deadline is Friday 2/28 so we need to know before then. You don’t have a lot of time to decide.

All items will come with a Certificate of Authenticity and hologram from the promoter.

Payments will be by PayPal or check. No Credit Cards. Checks will be held until they clear.

If you have any questions please leave them in the “comments” area below and we will respond quickly.

MY ALL TIME FAVORITE EAGLES!! WHO ARE YOURS?

In Philadelphia Eagles on March 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Since we’ve been spending a good bit of time covering the Flyers and the 76ers as they head down the stretch in their respective regular seasons and we’ll be covering March Madness and doing a player-by-player analysis on the Phillies 25 man roster beginning very soon I thought we’d take a quick break and jump back to the E-A-G-L-E-S since they never move too far from the center of our thinking anyway.

Today I have picked my 12 favorite Eagles of all time. Obviously, this is open for great debate. I’ve picked these guys for a number of reasons and some just because I liked them. It was actually tough to get down to just 12. Now as a clarification I never saw Steve Van Buren, Chuck Bednarik, Pete Pihos, Tommy McDonald, or Norm Van Brocklin, all Hall of Famers, that didn’t get included on my list. I do go back to 1965 or so, when I saw my first Eagles game at Franklin Field. We’ll discuss that more later.

My list is not in any particular order after the first two guys. Number one stands alone with no one close – BILL BERGEY. Bergey played in the NFL from 1969 – 1980. He was named to the AFL All Star team as a rookie with Cincinnati in 1969 and was named to 4 Pro Bowls with the Eagles. In my opinion, Bergey is underrated and should be in the HOF. He didn’t get the credit he deserved because he played for lousy teams while good players like Jack Lambert received much more credit because he played for the “Steel Curtain” Steelers. Bergey was just as good. Bill Bergey was “The Baddest Man in the Valley”.

My second favorite is BRIAN DAWKINS. B-Dawk brought leadership with him everywhere he went. You could be sure of two things with Dawkins, he was going to come to play every week and he was going to hit you every time he got a chance. B-Dawk played for the Eagles from 1996-2008 which included 183 games, second only to David Akers. Including his time with Denver he has been to 9 Pro Bowls and was named NFL Man of the Year in 2008.

Following is the remainder of the list. I put them in alphabetic order:

BOB BROWN – “Boomer” played for the Eagles from 1964-68 before moving on to the Rams, the Raiders, 6 Pro Bowls and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Why Bob Brown do you ask? When I was about 7 years old, 1965, my Dad took me to Franklin Field for my first Eagles games. We used to stand in the end zone because we had passes. We were walking in to the stadium one Sunday and there stood Boomer. I have to say two things that I remember very vividly, Brown was probably the first black person I ever remember seeing and he was surely the biggest person I’d ever seen. I saw Boomer at a memorabilia show recently and told him that story and that I had always been a fan of his since. His comment to me was “I hope I didn’t let you down”. A true 1st class guy.

TIMMY BROWN – This is an easy one. On November 6, 1966 we were at Franklin Field when Timmy returned 2 kickoffs, 90 and 93 yards for touchdowns in the same game against the Dallas Cowboys. At that time he was the first player to have ever done it. He still holds the Eagles record with 5 career kickoff returns for touchdowns. Brown played in the NFL from 1959 – 1968, including 1960-67 with the Eagles. He was a member of the World Champion 1960 team. Timmy made 3 Pro Bowls with the Eagles.

WILBERT MONTGOMERY – Wilbert was a 6th round draft pick in 1977 and played 8 season s for the Eagles. As the Eagles became a better team and landed in the Super Bowl in 1980 it was because of Wilbert Montgomery on offense. Wilbert holds many Eagles rushing records. In his career he rushed for 6,789 yards and 57 total touchdowns. He was a 2 time Pro Bowler. Wilbert is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

VINCE PAPALE – Vince is an easy choice as a favorite because of his storybook career and the movie “Invincible”. I’m a fan of those things too but I knew about Vince Papale from the rough touch league in Delaware County long before the Eagles. When we were 12 years old or so and playing on the 95 lb team our coaches played in that rough touch league. We were kids and went to all of the games and ran around the fields while the games were going on. Those were tough games. I’ve had an opportunity to meet Vince several times and he’s an all-around great guy.

KEVIN REILLY – I’m sure this is another guy that has you shaking your head and I have another interesting story. When Kevin was a student at Villanova he was a student teacher at Collingdale High School when we were Junior High students. Of course as football players ourselves we gravitated to where he was. Kevin then played for the Eagles in 1973 and 74. He was a backup linebacker and an excellent kickoff team guy. Kevin later lost his arm to cancer but has overcome. He currently works on Eagles broadcast and is a motivational speaker. Check him out at http://kreilly.com

JERRY SIZEMORE – I like offensive linemen and Sizemore was my favorite. He was a 1st round draft pick, the number 3 pick in 1973 out of Texas. He played with the Eagles until 1984. Jerry’s 12 seasons on the O-Line are the 2nd most seasons played behind Chuck Bednarik. His 156 games ranks 4th among Eagles lineman. Sizemore made 2 Pro Bowls and was a big key to the emergence of Wilbert Montgomery and the run to the Super Bowl. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Sizemore never played a down in the NFL for anyone but the Eagles.

JEREMIAH TROTTER – I think it was the toughness of Trotter that attracted me to him or the 3 different stints he had with the Birds. None the less Trott made 4 Pro Bowls as the Middle Linebacker of the Eagles. Trotter and Dawkins were the leaders of the defense that led the Eagles to 2004 Super Bowl.

HERSCHEL WALKER – I just liked everything about this guy except that he played for the Cowboys and the Giants during his career. He was the ultimate team player with the Eagles between 1992 and 1994. In ’92, he rushed for 1070 yards. In 1994, Herschel became the first NFL player to have gains of 90 or more yards rushing, receiving and on a kick return in the same season. The man could do it all. Walker finished his career with 8,225 yards rushing with 61 TD’s and 4,859 yards receiving with 21 TD’s. He made 2 Pro Bowls. In my mind Herschel is the best college football player I’ve ever seen. He won the 1982 Heisman Trophy and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

ANDRE WATERS – Another #20 who just brought the hammer every time he stepped on the field. Waters was tough! Many thought he earned the nickname “Dirty” Waters but one thing’s for sure the other team knew he was on the field. Andre was undrafted out of Cheyney in 1984 but made the Eagles and played with the team until 1993, before finishing his career with Arizona. He led the Gang Green Defense in tackles 4 years. He was the leading tackler on the 1992 team that was ranked #1 in the NFL in rushing defense, passing defense and total defense. Andre made his only Pro Bowl in 1991.

MIKE ZORDICH – Another tough, hard nose player. Zordich played at Penn State, another good reason to like him.  Mike was a 9th round draft pick who was originally cut by San Diego. He played for the Jets and the Cardinals before playing for the Eagles from 1994-1998. Mike played a total of 185 career games in 12 NFL season. He had 20 interceptions and returned 3 of them for touchdowns. He also had a fumble recovery for a TD for the Eagles.

A Comparison Of The ’05, ’07 ’11 Eagles Losing Seasons

In Philadelphia Eagles on January 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm

The last time the NFL season ended on January 1 was 2005, the last time the Eagles had a losing record (6-10). That season also ended at home against the Washington Redskins and a 31-20 loss. The last time the Eagles ended 8-8 was 2007 and they finished that season with a 3 game winning streak. Of course the ’11 team was also 8-8. It’s interesting to compare the three season but lets throw some names and numbers around. Obviously Andy Reid was the Head Coach. Offensive coordinator in ’05 was Brad Childress, former Head Coach of the Vikings. In ’07 and ’11 it was Marty Morninweg. The ’05 offense scored 310 points and ranked 18th in the league. Donovan McNabb passed for 2507 yards and 16 TD’s while Brian Westbrook rushed for 617 yards and received another 616 yards. Terrell Owens also caught 47 passes for 763 yards. The ’07 offense scored 336 points and ranked 17th in the league. McNabb and AJ Feeley combined for 4005 yards passing. Westbrrok combined for 2104 yards of total offense and Kevin Curtis caught 77 balls for 1110 yards. The ’11 offense scored 396 points and ranked 8th in the league.  Michael Vick passed for 3303 yards and 18 TD’s. LeSean McCoy rushed for 1309 yards and DeSean Jackson had 961 receiving yards while Jeremy Macklin added 859 yards and Brent Celek 811 yards.  The interesting statistic is that the ’05 team finished 23rd in giveaway/takeaways, the ’07 team was 25th while the ’11 team finished 30th. The years in between, all winning seasons, were as follows” ’06 – 9th, ‘ 08 – 14th, ’09 – 2nd and ’10 – 5th. The offensive statistics bear out a simple fact that if you turnover the football in the NFL you will not win games.

The defenses are also interesting. The ’05 team under the direction of Jim Johnson gave up 388 points while finishing 28th in the league. The top 3 tacklers on that team were Jeremiah Trotter, Michael Lewis and Brian Dawkins. The ’07 team, also coordinated by Johnson, gave up 300 points and ranked 9th in the league. The top 3 tacklers were Omar Gaither, Takeo Spikes and Sheldon Brown. The ’11 team under Juan Castillo gave up 328 points and ranked 10th in the league. The leading tacklers were Jamar Chaney, Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen. What’s the most intersting is that of the 9 tacklers lsited for these years 5 of them are defensive backs. Whether that points to the play of the defensive line, linbackers or both can be argued. The years in between consistently had Quintin Mickel as a leading tackler but also had Stewart Bradley (MLB) and Trent Cole (DE)  in the Top 3. What we do know is that the defense plays a big part in the giveaway/takeaway ratio discussed above. If the offense turns the ball over too much or the defense deosn’t create turnovers it plays a major part in the teams success.

Final analysis for improving in 2012 is simple, don’t turn the ball over on offense and create turnovers on defense. Pretty simple don’t you think???

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