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An Eagles legend snubbed again by the Hall of Fame

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame voters continue to snub Eric Allen.

The Hall of Fame narrowed its Class of 2021 field from 25 semifinalists to 15 finalists on Tuesday, and Allen didn’t make the cut.

Allen was a finalist this year for the first time since he first became eligible in 2007.

Allen had 34 of his 54 career interceptions during his seven seasons with the Eagles, who drafted him in the second round out of Arizona State in 1988. He shares the club record with Bill Bradley and Brian Dawkins.

Allen made six Pro Bowls and during the 13-year period from 1988 through 2000 he led all NFL cornerbacks with 53 interceptions.

Including a pick-six in the Eagles' 1992 playoff win over the Saints, Allen had 10 career INT returns for touchdowns — fifth most in NFL history.

His 54 INTs, including 15 with the Raiders and five with the Saints, rank 19th in NFL history. He added four more in the postseason.

His 58 total INTs ranks 11th in NFL history by a cornerback.

Two cornerbacks did make the list of 15 finalists — Ronde Barber and Charles Woodson, who spent most of his career at corner but finished as a safety.

Allen had 10 more interceptions, one more Pro Bowl, twice as many postseason interceptions as Barber and one more interception return for a touchdown.

One player with Philadelphia connections did make the list of finalists. That's linebacker Sam Mills, who spent 1983 and 1984 playing for Jim Mora with the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL (and 1985 with the Baltimore Stars) before a terrific 12-year NFL career with the Saints and Panthers.


Mills made five Pro Bowls and was a first-team All-Pro in 1996 at the age of 37.

Mills grew up in Long Branch, New Jersey, and played college football at Division III Montclair State. He was only 45 when he died in 2005.

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