Keith Jackson talks missing teammates

Keith Jackson, former Eagles tight end, returned to Philly this week. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

It's not that Keith Jackson misses football. The former Eagles Pro Bowl tight end misses his teammates.

"If I can come in each morning, hang out and drink coffee with all the guys I played with and go home, that would give me the greatest thrill," Jackson said. "It's wonderful being around guys that you enjoy and played with."

Jackson had that opportunity on Tuesday, when he was one of among 20 former Eagles from the Buddy Ryan era, along with Ryan, at the annual Otho Davis Scholarship Banquet in Society Hill. Ryan was honored at the banquet, which award a $10,000 scholarship to Jonathan Herting, a Central Bucks West alum who started a physical therapy clinic while a graduate student at Widener.

"I got very heavily involved in that and took it from the ground up to where it is now, where we have over 50 patients," Herting said.

Herting, 27, grew up watching the Ryan-coached Eagles. He met Ryan at the banquet and other former Eagles, who were happy to be honoring Ryan and at event with each other.

"It's a great cause," said Mike Reichenbach, a former Eagles linebacker under Ryan. "I met the recipient, and he seems like a fine young man. That's what Otho was all about, athletic training and getting the best care for the player