Sure, it’s not the Hall—but more Eagles are officially HoFers as of tonight. Just Eagles HoFers.
Using the digital video board, Lurie announced the two new inductees into the Eagles Hall of Fame. The 2018 class will feature Seth Joyner and Clyde Simmons. It’s about time.
Joyner played 13 years in the NFL, including eight in Philadelphia. The fearsome linebacker finished his Eagles career with 875 tackles, 37 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 17 interceptions, and five defensive touchdowns.
“Seth Joyner was one of the most talented and fearless outside linebackers of his era, and the way he committed his heart and soul on every play spoke volumes about his love for the game,” said Lurie. “Seth epitomized the complete defensive player – dominant against the run, extremely skilled in coverage and relentless in how he blitzed. Seth is one of the all-time greats in our franchise’s history and he set a powerful example for the generations of players that followed him at his position.”
Simmons played on the Eagles’ defensive line for eight seasons as well. He put up 720 tackles, 76 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, three defensive touchdowns, and two interceptions in that span.
“Clyde Simmons was one of the most feared pass rushers ever to play in Philadelphia, but he was also ferocious against the run and made his presence felt each and every week in the trenches,” said Lurie. “He was a pillar on one of the best defenses in NFL history and an integral part of the team’s success for many years. Clyde’s explosive and aggressive style of play resonated with our fans and also allowed him to become a dominant defensive lineman over the course of his career.”
Joyner and Simmons will officially be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame on September 23, when the team hosts the Indianapolis Colts at Lincoln Financial Field.