Monday, October 20, 2014
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Philadelphia Eagles Anniversary: The Top 75

An esteemed group met at the NovaCare Complex to discuss their picks.

SPECIAL VIDEO REPORT
Blue-ribbon panel on picking the all-time best Eagle
It's difficult to span eras and name the greatest ever


 
The Criteria
 
 
Who's the Best?
 

A CLOSE CALL
The best ever. How do you judge? How do you cross eras and compare? Just what is universal, what is the tipping point for such an honor as being named the best ever for a franchise that has existed for more than seven decades? Championships.
MINISTER OF DEFENSE
The eyes. Everyone remembers the eyes. When Reggie White was bearing down on a quarterback, pushing forward like a bull, his eyes foretold the impact: I'm coming. You can't stop me.
 
Pick for No. 1 came down to two
POLL
Who would you vote for as the best player in Eagles' history?
Steve Van Buren
Reggie White
Chuck Bednarik
Tommy McDonald
Brian Dawkins
CONCRETE CHARLIE
In 1960, many players in the NFL might have thought they could play both ways. Chuck Bednarik did, and excelled.
REMAINDER OF THE TOP 10
He was of boundless energy and without a fear, that little spark plug with no face mask.
 
5 - Brian Dawkins
 
6 - Wilbert Montgomery
 
7 - Pete Pihos
 
8 - Bob Brown
 
9 - Donovan McNabb
 
10 - Bill Bergey
THE GREATEST GAME
It wasn't for an NFL title. It wasn't the Super Bowl. At the time, however, it seemed even bigger, even better. It was the Cowboys.
THE BIGGEST PLAY
Weeks after flattening Frank Gifford, Chuck Bednarik's game-ending tackle clinched the 1960 NFL championship.
THE BEST COACH
The current coach has the best winning percentage and most overall wins of any Eagles coach. He also is subject to slings and arrows for falling short of a Lombardi Trophy, thus far.
 
The Next-Best Coaches
THE TOP TEAM
Pick, the editor-man ordered. Pick the greatest Eagles team ever as part of the observance of 75 years of Birds. Go on, pick.
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MORE POLLS

Which was the best team in Eagles' history?

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1948/1949 NFL Champions
 
  713 (20.4%)
1960 NFL Champions
 
  1305 (37.4%)
1980 NFC Champions
 
  414 (11.9%)
2004 NFC Champions
 
  1060 (30.4%)
Total votes = 3492

Who is the best coach in Eagles' history?
Andy Reid
Greasy Neale
Dick Vermeil
Buck Shaw
Buddy Ryan
What was the best game in Eagles' history?
1948/1949 Championship
1960 Championship
Miracle at the Meadowlands
1981 NFC Championship
The Fog Bowl
4th and 26
2005 NFC Championship
What was the best play in Eagles' history?
Bednarik's championship tackle
Randall's great escape
Mongomery's great run
Van Buren's TD in 1948
4th and 26