10 former Eagles you may have forgotten won Super Bowls
A couple notable former Eagles will win a Super Bowl Sunday. If the Chiefs win, LeSean McCoy and Stefen Wisniewski will be getting Super Bowl rings. If the 49ers win, Jordan Matthews and Raheem Mostert will.
It got us thinking about former Eagles who've won Super Bowls with other teams.
We all know Reggie White won one with the Packers after bolting from Philly, none of us can believe Patrick Chung has won three with the Patriots and in 2017 you heard all about guys like Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount and Michael Bennett, who won Super Bowls with both the Eagles and another team.
But what about the more obscure players? What about guys we forgot won Super Bowls? What about guys who in some cases we forget were Eagles?
Here are 10 players you may have forgotten won a Super Bowl before or after they became Eagles!
Bubby Brister: 1997, 1998 Broncos
Walter “Bubby” Brister went 4-6 in 10 starts in place of an injured Randall Cunningham in 1993 and 1994, years after he had led the Steelers to the playoffs in 1989. After a year with the Jets and a year out of football, he signed with the Broncos in 1997 as a 35-year-old backup to John Elway. He barely played in 1997, but in 1998 he went 4-0 when Elway was hurt, helping the Broncos earn the No. 1 seed on their way to a second straight Super Bowl championship. One of those four wins? A 41-16 laugher over the Eagles in Denver in which Brister tied his career high with four TDs.
Evan Mathis: 2015 Broncos
Mathis left the Eagles under strange circumstances after the 2014 season. He was a year removed from first-team all-pro and had just made his second straight Pro Bowl, but Chip Kelly released him after he held out of OTAs – even though Mathis had already told Kelly he was on his way back to Philly. Mathis wound up in Denver and started for the Broncos team that went 12-4 and beat the Panthers in the Super Bowl. He played four more games – for the Cards in 2016 – before retiring.
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Seth Joyner: 1998 Broncos
A Super Bowl title eluded Seth Joyner during his eight years with the Eagles. Those teams from 1986 through 1993 only won one playoff game. Three years with the Cards, the first two under Buddy Ryan, produced a 9-29 record. Seth finally got to his first Super Bowl in 1997 with the Packers, but that season ended with a loss to the Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego. Finally, in 1998, in his 13th NFL season, Joyner won a ring as part of the Broncos team that beat the Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami. That was the 206th and final game of his brilliant career.
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Duce Staley: 2005 Steelers
Twelve years before he won a Super Bowl ring as a coach with the Eagles, Duce Staley won one with the Steelers. We think of Duce as an Eagle through-and-through. He spent seven years here as a player and was the third-leading rusher in franchise history when he retired although he’s since been passed by Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy. And he’s spent the last nine years here as a coach under Andy Reid, Chip Kelly and Doug Pederson. But Staley finished his career with the Steelers, and although he didn’t play much in 2005 he was on the team that beat the Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL in Detroit. So he’s now one of the few people who have won a Super Bowl as both a player and a coach.
Steve Wallace: 1988, 1989, 1993 49ers
It was a major coup when the Eagles lured Pro Bowl free agent offensive tackle Steve Wallace away from the 49ers after the 1995 season. Just two years earlier, Wallace had won his third Super Bowl ring with the 49ers, protecting Hall of Famer Steve Young. The Eagles gave Wallace a then-significant $1.1 million one-year deal, but he was so bad in the preseason they released him at the end of training camp. Wallace re-signed with the 49ers and started on the 1995 49ers that beat the Eagles in a wild-card game.
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Charles Johnson: 2001 Patriots
After two miserable years with the Eagles in 1999 and 2000, one-time 1,000-yard receiver Charles Johnson spent a year with the Patriots, and they happened to have a young quarterback named Tom Brady who in his first year as a starter led the Patriots to an 11-5 record and a 20-17 win over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. C.J. didn’t catch any passes in that game, but he did get a Super Bowl ring.
Vaughn Hebron: 1997, 1998 Broncos
Hebron made the Eagles in 1993 as an undrafted rookie and had two productive seasons as a backup running back before his 1995 season was wiped out with a training camp knee injury. The Eagles released Hebron after training camp in 1996 (and signed T.J. Rubley), and Hebron resurfaced with the Broncos. All he did in three years in Denver was back up Hall of Famer Terrell Davis and win two Super Bowls. He was one of nine undrafted players to be a part of both Broncos Super Bowl champions.
Joe Lavender: 1982 Redskins
Lavender was a decent cornerback in his three years with the Eagles, but after he was traded to the Redskins following the 1975 season he blossomed. He picked off 29 passes from 1976 through 1981, third-most in the NFL during that six-year stretch, made two Pro Bowls and finished his career in 1982 on the Redskins team that went 8-1 in the strike-shortened season and then rolled through the playoffs, winning four games by an average of 16 points, with a Super Bowl win over the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII at the Rose Bowl.
Golden Tate: 2013 Seahawks
Five years before he was traded to the Eagles in the middle of the 2018 season, Golden Tate was a starter on the 2013 Seahawks team that went 13-3 and crushed the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII in East Rutherford, which would later become Tate’s home as a New York Giant. One of the Seahawks’ assistant coaches during that Super Bowl season was Marquand Manuel, who just joined Doug Pederson’s Eagles staff.
Chris Clemons: 2013 Seahawks
Clemons did have that 73-yard fumble return TD in the historic 44-6 must-win over the Cowboys on the last day of the 2008 season. But for the most part he was a free agent bust as an Eagle. Signed to a 5-year, $12.6 million contract provide sacks and pass pressure as a pass-rush specialist, he managed just 7 sacks in two seasons with the Eagles before being shipped to the Seahawks in the trade that brought the Eagles Darryl Tapp. He proceded to record 33 ½ sacks in three seasons in Seattle and had a sack and two forced fumbles in the Seahawks’ 43-8 win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVII in at the Meadowlands.
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