Clarence Peaks, the Eagles' seventh overall choice in the NFL draft in 1957, died on Saturday at a nursing home in Voorhees, at age 71.

Peaks, who gained 2,927 rushing yards in his 7 years with the Eagles, was picked just one spot behind Jim Brown, who was selected sixth by the Cleveland Browns.

After a three-sport career at Flint (Mich.) Central High School, he went on to a stellar football career at Michigan State, where he played running back and defensive back, as well as handling all the kicking duties.

During the 1956 season, Peaks led the Spartans to a 17-14 Rose Bowl win over UCLA. In that game, he threw a 67-yard touchdown pass.

Peaks led the Eagles in rushing in his fourth season in 1960 with 465 yards on 86 carries for a 5.4 average, although he suffered an ankle injury in the seventh game. He was on the sideline when the Birds rolled to the NFL championship with a 17-13 win over the Green Bay Packers.

He played three more seasons with the Eagles and another two with the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring.

Following his career on the field, Peaks settled into broadcasting, where he was a sideline reporter for Eagles games on WIP and a pro and college analyst for ABC.

Peaks is survived by two sons, Clarence Jr. and Allan, a brother, Ronald, and a sister, Cathy. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Reformation Lutheran Church (1215 E. Vernon Road) in Philadelphia. *