On the same day that it was announced former Eagles would be honored in a ceremony for the Otho Davis Scholarship Foundation, two assistant coaches that spent time with the organization between the 1970’s and 1990’s have passed away. Philadelphia revealed on Sunday that both Ken Iman and Lew Carpenter died; the latter, who worked as the wide receivers coach, was 78 years old and Iman, who was primarily an instructor of offensive linemen but also contributed to the franchise as a sales executive for about a decade, was 71.
Iman was considered one of the best offensive line coaches in the history of the Eagles following a tremendous 15-year career as a center for the Packers and Rams that included him starting 140 consecutive games, winning St. Louis’ team MVP award in 1972, and helping lead Green Bay to three straight trips to the NFL title game. Regarded as having an instrumental impact on the development of top-tier stars like Jerry Sisemore and Stan Walters during his time as a coach from 1976 to 1986, he wound up appearing in the team’s bout with the Raiders in the 1980 Super Bowl as part of the staff, and then worked in a front office position for around 10 years, doing his best to advertise and bring attention to the Eagles organization. He is remembered by many because of the notable head coaches that he worked under:Dick Vermeil, Marion Campbell, and Buddy Ryan. Survived by his wife, Joyce, who is currently employed as an accountant by the Eagles according to the team’s official website, he passed away at his home in Springfield, Pa. on Saturday.
After a 10-year career as a running back with the Lions, Browns, and Packers, Carpenter used his expertise to work in the world of coaching and is remembered for his contributions with the Eagles. A veteran of catching the ball out of the backfield, he spent the majority of his lengthy tenure as an assistant staff member teaching wide receivers, the same position he worked in for Philadelphia from 1990 to 1994. Among Carpenter’s notable highlights from his playing days are his mark of 44 receptions in 1955, which was the third best total in the league, and his career compilation of nearly 3,000 yards from scrimmage. Carpenter died on Sunday morning in Texas.
Unfortunately, the two former Eagles coaches aren’t the first people previously associated with the Philadelphia football team to pass away as of late. Just last month, well-known offensive lineman Woody Peoples (who, coincidentally, was one of the blockers during Iman’s tenure as a coach and started in the team’s 1980 Super Bowl matchup) died, and respected defensive back Tom Brookshier, a two-time Pro-Bowl selection during his memorable career, tragically passed away at the age of 78 in January.
R.I.P. Ken Iman/Lew Carpenter
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