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The Returns of Buddy Ryan

Birds' defense scores again for Buddy.

The Returns of Buddy Ryan

Buddy Ryan (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Buddy Ryan (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

How fitting was it that on the night they honored Buddy Ryan, the Eagles' defense scored a touchdown.

In his five seasons as head coach here, his defense hit paydirt nine times. Ten if you include defensive end Clyde Simmons' overtime return of an Eagles' missed field goal attempt against the Giants.

Those 10 TDs:

Date Return Type Player Opponent   Yds.
Sept. 13, 1987     Fumble Reggie White at Redskins    70
Sept. 20, 1987 Fumble Seth Joyner Saints 18
Nov. 20, 1988 Own Blocked FG     Clyde Simmons     at Giants 15
Sept. 10, 1989 Interception Eric Everett Seahawks 30
Dec. 3, 1989
Fumble
Interception
Andre Waters
Clyde Simmons
at Giants
3
60
Nov. 12, 1990
Interception
Fumble
William Frizzell
Clyde Simmons
Redskins
30
18
Nov. 25, 1990 Interception Byron Evans Giants 23
Dec. 23, 1990 Interception Eric Allen Cowboys 35
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