In the next few weeks, we will be unveiling our all-time Eagles team.
We enlisted the help of Eagles reporters Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro, Quick Slants hosts Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks and Quick Slants producer Mike Mulhern for voting.
We asked each person to rank their top five players at 16 different positions. A 1st-place vote was worth five points, a 2nd-place vote was worth four, and so on.
Up today: Inside linebacker
1. Chuck Bednarik = 25
2. Jeremiah Trotter = 18
3. Bill Bergey = 14
4. Byron Evans = 12
5. DeMeco Ryans = 3
6. Jordan Hicks = 2
7. Dave Lloyd = 1
Bednarik was a unanimous selection. He’s arguably the greatest Eagle ever. While he played on both sides of the ball, he was known more as a linebacker. In his 14 years with the Eagles, Bednarik made eight Pro Bowls. He was a rookie on the 1949 championship team and in 1960, played center and linebacker in the Eagles’ championship win over the Packers.
Did we get it right?
There’s no question that Bednarik deserves the top spot. His No. 60 is retired for a reason in Philadelphia. But then came Trotter and Bergey. Trotter played a total of eight seasons with the Eagles and was a four-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro back in 2000. He was one of the main centerpieces of Jim Johnson’s defense. And Bergey played seven seasons with the Eagles, from 1974-1980. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and two time-All Pro.
It’s also nice to see Evans get some love. He played his entire career with the Eagles and while he certainly wasn’t the star of those defenses in the late 80s and early 90s, he was an important piece.
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