20 former Eagles on Hall of Fame Class of 2021 list


All-time Eagles greats Randall Cunningham, Eric Allen, Donovan McNabb and Seth Joyner are among 20 former Eagles players nominated for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

In all, 130 players are among the initial group of nominees announced Wednesday.

Cunningham, McNabb and Jeff Garcia are among eight quarterbacks on the Hall of Fame’s initial list of nominees. Cunningham spent the 1985 through 1995 seasons with the Eagles, McNabb was here from 1999 through 2009 and Garcia in 2006 and then again briefly in 2009.

Allen, who played for the Eagles from 1988 through 1994, is one of three cornerbacks to make multiple Pro Bowls with the Eagles on the initial nominee list. Troy Vincent and (1996-2003) and Asante Samuel (2008-2011) were also nominated, as was Allen Rossum, who spent the first two years of his career with the Eagles (1998-1999).

Seth Joyner (1986-1993) is among 16 linebackers on the nominee list. Also listed is Taken Spikes, who spent 2007 with the Eagles.

Among the 13 running backs nominated are former Eagles Ricky Watters (1995-1997) and Herschel Walker (1992-1994). The list of 13 wide receivers includes Jimmy Smith, who was in training camp with the Eagles in 1994 but never played in a regular-season game.

Keith Jackson (1988-1991), who made first-team all-pro in his first three years in the league, is one of seven tight ends nominated.

Six of the 16 specialists nominated played for the Eagles - punters Jeff Feagles (1990-1993) and Sean Landeta (1999-2002, 2005), kickers Gary Anderson (1995-1996) and David Akers (1999-2010) and returners Brian Mitchell (2000-2002) and Mel Gray (1997).


Also nominated was defensive end Greg Townsend, who played for the Eagles in 1994.

The selection committee narrows the field down to 18 finalists and then between four and eight modern-era nominees will be named to the Class of 2021 in Tampa on Feb. 6, the day before Super Bowl LV.

The Class of 2020, including Harold Carmichael, is scheduled to be enshrined at the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 7, with the Class of 2021 following on Aug. 8.