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Eagles Super Bowl alum Torrey Smith says good-bye to NFL

Eagles Super Bowl alum Torrey Smith says good-bye to NFL

In an emotional 3 1/2-minute video that he posted on social media Friday morning, Eagles Super Bowl receiver Torrey Smith announced his retirement after eight NFL seasons.

“I’m blessed to be able to walk away from this game with most of my health, a clear mind and a grateful heart,” Smith said. “Can’t wait to begin my next phase of my life.”

Smith only spent one year with the Eagles and caught just 36 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season.

But he was very good in the playoff run, with 13 catches for 157 yards and another touchdown. 

He had a 41-yard touchdown catch from Nick Foles in the NFC Championship Game and a big 17-yard catch on a second-half scoring drive in the Super Bowl.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson gave Smith a shoutout when he opened his press conference Friday morning.

“Just want to start by saying I saw where Torrey Smith is stepping away from the game and I just want to congratulate him and his family,” Pederson said. “It’s a great opportunity for him and the next chapter of his life. He helped us win a championship and he’s a great man."

Smith played at Maryland and spent his first four seasons with the Ravens, winning his first Super Bowl ring in 2012, before finishing his career with two years in San Francisco and one each with the Eagles and Panthers. He was released before the season by Carolina.

“If I was able to impact just one player, one kid, one person, I was able to serve my purpose,” the 30-year-old Smith said in his video. “My worth as a football player was never only about numbers, and if I was able to impact just one player, one kid, one person, I served my purpose.”

Carson Wentz called Smith “one of the best teammates I’ve ever had the privilege to play with: 

Chris Long also tweeted about Smith:

Smith caught 319 passes for 5,141 yards and 41 touchdowns in 119 career games. His 16.1 career average is fourth-highest in the NFL since he entered the league in 2011, behind only Josh Gordon (17.5), DeSean Jackson (17.1) and Vincent Jackson (16.6).

“Dear football,” Smith said in opening his video. “I knew this day would come. To be completely honest, I’ve been preparing for it my entire career. You and me both knew the game wouldn’t last forever. It’s the NFL circle of life, and I’m prepared for what’s next.”

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The Eagles all-time team: Is Jason Kelce the greatest center in team history?

The Eagles all-time team: Is Jason Kelce the greatest center in team history?

Throughout July, we are 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 to handle the voting. 

Each voter ranked his top five players at 16 different positions. A first-place vote was worth five points, a second-place vote was worth four, and so on. 

Up next: Center

Complete voting:

1. Jason Kelce: 24
2. Jim Ringo: 19
3. Guy Morriss: 13
4. Raleigh McKenzie: 6
5. Vic Lindskog: 4
6. David Alexander: 3
6. Jamaal Jackson: 3
8. Hank Fraley: 2
9. Ken Farragut: 1

The breakdown: Not surprisingly, Jason Kelce wins easily, getting 24 of a possible 25 points and all but one first-place vote. Jim Ringo, a Hall of Famer and six-time All-Pro with the Packers who played his last four seasons with the Eagles, got the other first-place vote. Ringo got two second-place votes and two third-place votes. The other second-place votes went to Raleigh McKenzie — who was only here for two years — and Guy Morris, who played here for 11 years. Interesting to note that center was the only position on offense or defense in which nine different players got at least one vote.

Did we get it right? Ringo had a hell of a career, but all six of his All-Pro honors were with the Packers. Kelce is a three-time All-Pro as an Eagle as well as a three-time Pro Bowler. So this should have been unanimous. Kelce is by any measure the greatest center in Eagles history and one of the greatest of this generation. Lindskog, a starter on two NFL championship teams and a first-team All-Pro in 1951, should have been higher, but it’s hard to argue with the top three.

Complete team: 

We will fill in the team as we go. 

QB: Donovan McNabb 
RB: LeSean McCoy 
WR: Harold Carmichael 
WR: Mike Quick
WR: Tommy McDonald
TE: Zach Ertz 
OT: Jason Peters
OT: Lane Johnson 
OG: Brandon Brooks 
OG: Bucko Kilroy 
C: Jason Kelce 

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The Eagles all-time team: Brandon Brooks earns top OG spot

The Eagles all-time team: Brandon Brooks earns top OG spot

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 first-place vote was worth five points, a second-place vote was worth four, and so on. 

Up today: Offensive guard 

Complete voting:

1. Brandon Brooks: 24
2. Bucko Kilroy: 13
3. Shawn Andrews: 12
4. Evan Mathis: 11
5. Jermane Mayberry: 9 
6. Todd Herremans: 6

The breakdown: All but one of our voters put Brooks at No. 1, which is pretty impressive. Brooks has been with the Eagles since 2016 but has established himself as one of the best guards in the league. He’s been a Pro Bowler in each of his last three seasons. Kilroy played in the '40s and the '50s and finished as high as first and as low as fourth in our voting.

Did we get it right? I think we did. Brooks is a dominant guard and was a huge part of that Eagles’ Super Bowl championship. He’s already one of the best free agent pickups in team history and the Eagles made him the highest paid guard in the league for a reason. 

Now, Kilroy definitely has a case too. He played for the Eagles for a decade, was a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time NFL champion in ’48 and ’49. He went on to have a long career as an NFL executive and began his second career as an Eagles scout in 1960. 

After the top two, it’s amazing that Andrews came in third. Not undeserving, but he didn’t have a very long career. But the two-time Pro Bowler was about as good at his peak as we’ve ever seen. He never got to live up to that potential, but he was an all-time great for a short period. And Mathis and Mayberry were also Pro Bowlers for the Eagles. It was nice to see Herremans get some votes. He was an important role player for many years.  

Complete team: 

We will fill in the team as we go. 

QB: Donovan McNabb 
RB: LeSean McCoy 
WR: Harold Carmichael 
WR: Mike Quick
WR: Tommy McDonald
TE: Zach Ertz 
OT: Jason Peters
OT: Lane Johnson 
OG: Brandon Brooks 
OG: Bucko Kilroy 

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