The Eagles announced today that they will induct Troy Vincent and longtime Eagles ticket office employee Leo Carlin into the Eagles hall of fame. The two will be inducting during halftime of the November 26th Monday Night Football game against the Carolina Panthers.
Jeff Lurie released the following statement on Vincent.
"Troy Vincent was one of the best defensive players to ever put on an Eagles uniform. He was both a great playmaker and a true shutdown corner, but what raised his greatness to another level was the way he approached the game. He was a spokesman for the defense and his leadership set the tone for both the younger players on the team and the veterans. He has taken that same passion and intensity into the next phase of his life as Vice President of Player Engagement for the NFL, where he continues to help former and current players succeed off the field. Troy is a great person and was one of the most community-minded players during his career here. For all of these reasons and more, we feel that Troy is very deserving of this honor. We are very excited to enshrine him among the franchise's best on November 26."
Vincent spent 8 seasons as a member of the Eagles and currently ranks 7th on the teams' all time interception list. He made 5 pro bowls as an Eagles, which ties him with the great Eric Allen as the most by an Eagles cornerback.
Troy Vincent's arrival was certainly seen as an omen that better days might be ahead for the Eagles at the time. Ray Rhodes had just taken over from Rich Kotite a year before and led the team to a 10-6 and the playoffs. So luring an elite free agent like Vincent to town was seen a major step. Things went south not too long after, but Vincent hung around for the revival under Reid until 2003.
After the jump you can see Lurie's statement on Carlin as well the full roster of the Eagles Hall Of Fame.
Lurie on Carlin:
"Leo Carlin has had an incredible, 53-year career with the Eagles. As a longtime leader of the Eagles ticket office, he has been the face of our business to literally generations of fans. He has also been a pioneering business executive who has earned the trust and respect of his fellow employees for five decades. It is a joy to see him in our offices every day, where his passion, stories and friendships provide us with a living link to Eagles history. We're very happy to be able to acknowledge his many accomplishments over the past half century."
The Eagles hall of fame includes:
CB Eric Allen, C/LB Chuck Bednarik, owner Bert Bell, LB Bill Bergey, S Bill Bradley, DB Tom Brookshier, T Bob Brown, DT Jerome Brown, RB Timmy Brown, WR Harold Carmichael, QB Randall Cunningham, head trainer Otho Davis, executive Jim Gallagher, E Bill Hewitt, QB Ron Jaworski, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, QB Sonny Jurgensen, HB Ollie Matson, WR Tommy McDonald, RB Wilbert Montgomery, head coach Earl "Greasy" Neale, E Pete Pihos, WR Mike Quick, E Pete Retzlaff, C Jim Ringo, T Jerry Sisemore, QB Norm Van Brocklin, HB Steve Van Buren, head coach Dick Vermeil, T Stan Walters, DE Reggie White, T Al Wistert, C Alex Wojciechowicz, and the 1948 and 1949 NFL Championship Teams.