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Eagles Hall of Fame wide receiver Tommy McDonald passes away


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Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Tommy McDonald died this morning at the age of 84, according to an official announcement.

It’s a sad day.

McDonald, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, played in the league for 12 seasons from 1957 through 1968. He finished his career with 495 receptions for 8,410 yards (17.0 average), and 84 touchdowns.

Originally selected by Philadelphia in the third round of the 1957 NFL Draft, McDonald spent seven seasons with the Eagles. He was an important contributor to the Eagles’ championship team in 1960.

In addition to being a great football player, the beloved McDonald was known for his flamboyant personality. I never had the honor of watching him play but I’ll never forget him running out of the tunnel at Lincoln Financial Field during a training camp practice where the team was honoring alumni. You wouldn’t have known he was 79 years old.

McDonald is the inspiration behind Ray Didinger’s Tommy and Me play that I’m sure a number of you have seen.

Rest in peace, Tommy McDonald. You’ll forever live on as a legend.

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