I stole this idea from the Daily Norseman vikings blog, but I think its an interesting topic of discussion to get us away from the normal off season bullspit. Basically if we were to pick any four players, past and present to represent the Eagles franchise, ala Mount Rushmore (Presidents Day eh eh?), who would we pick? If you want to find the original article here it is, but here are my choices.
The heart and soul of the Philly defense. No one could question his passion for the game and he played his heart out every single time. He was physical and everyone in the league knew the man. Call him Bdawk, Weapon X, whatever you want, he will be remembered for years to come.
2. Randall Cunningham
One of the most exciting players to play in green and white. Remembered for his athleticism and ability to extend the play, one can only imagine what he would have been able to do if we had a more offensive minded coach. (No offense to Buddy). He also, in my opinion, has one of the most ridiculous plays under his belt that I have ever seen.
3. Reggie White
The minister of defense. The Eagles all time sack leader. The only player to ever accumulate 20 or more sacks in 12 games. A great man and a great player, no more explanation should be needed.
4. Steve Van Buren
Long before my time but he leaves an important legacy. He won three rushing crowns in 1947, 1948 and 1949, becoming the first running back in NFL history to achieve three consecutive rushing titles. Jim Brown (1957-1961, 1963-1965) twice, Earl Campbell (1978-1980), and Emmitt Smith (1991-1993) have since managed that feat. He won us our first title game and has one of my favorite NFL almost fails:
The greatest irony was that Van Buren almost missed the game. Thinking the game wouldn't be played in the blizzard, he remained home until Eagles coach Earle "Greasy" Neale called him and told him the game was still on. He had to catch 3 trolleys and walk 12 blocks in order to make the game on time. via wikipedia
This is my top 4 list, but I'm wondering who everyone else thinks is one of the most influential Eagles of all time?