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Eagles all-time great, NFL champion Timmy Brown dies at 82

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Eagles all-time great, NFL champion Timmy Brown dies at 82

Timmy Brown, a three-time Pro Bowl running back with the Eagles in the 1960s who went on to a successful acting career, died Saturday, the team announced on Tuesday.

Brown, 82, was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1990. He was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame six times, most recently in 2015.

Timmy Brown was an all-time great Eagle and one of the most dynamic multipurpose players of his era,” Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said in a statement. “He overcame many obstacles in his life to enjoy success both as an athlete and as an entertainer. A three-time Pro Bowler and member of our 1960 NFL Championship team, Timmy excelled as a running back and return specialist with his incredible athleticism and signature versatility. He was one of the most exciting players to watch during his career. Those who knew him well have said they will remember him for his outgoing, uplifting personality and the connections he built with his teammates and the community. Our thoughts are with his loved ones during this time.

Brown, who grew up outside Indianapolis, was a 27th-round draft pick of the Packers in 1959 but was released after just one game and joined the Eagles in 1960. He didn’t play much that year — he only had nine carries and nine receptions - but he did score four touchdowns as a 23-year-old for the NFL Champions.

Brown rushed for 3,703 yards and 29 touchdowns with a 4.4 average as an Eagle. He’s still in the top 10 in franchise history in rushing yards and rushing average. He also caught 231 passes for 3,346 yards and 26 more TDs.

Brown still ranks 7th in Eagles history with 7,049 scrimmage yards, behind only Westbrook, LeSean McCoy, Harold Carmichael, Wilbert Montgomery, Pete Retzlaff and Duce Staley.

He finished his career in 1968 with the Colts and played on the Don Shula-coached team that went 13-1 and lost to the Jets in Super Bowl III at the Orange Bowl.

To this day, Brown is one of only seven players in NFL history with 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns both rushing and receiving. The others are Hall of Famers Marshall Faulk, Lenny Moore and Frank Gifford, plus John David Crow, James Brooks and Westbrook.

His 62 career touchdowns are 6th-most ever by an Eagles, behind only four Hall of Famers — Carmichael, Steve Van Buren, Tommy McDonald and Pete Pihos — and Westbrook.

Brown was also a tremendous returner. He holds the franchise record with five career kickoff returns for touchdowns, tied for 9th-most in NFL history, and his 26.5 career kick return average is 2nd-best in Eagles history behind Van Buren.

After his football career, Brown went into acting and appeared on numerous movies, including the Wild Wild West, M*A*S*H and Nashville, and TV series, including M*A*S*H, the Mary Tyler Moore Show and Adam-12.

He’s one of only four actors that appeared in both the M*A*S*H movie and the TV series.

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Ever Wonder: Why can’t the Eagles wear kelly green?

Ever Wonder: Why can’t the Eagles wear kelly green?

In our latest installment of Ever Wonder, we’re taking a look at one of the most puzzling questions for all Eagles fans: 

Why can’t the Eagles wear kelly green? 

It’s not for lack of effort. While the Eagles haven’t worn kelly green as their primary uniform since they switched to midnight green in the mid-90s, owner Jeff Lurie has been on a mission to bring back kelly green jerseys as an alternate. It’s a mission many Eagles fans and even players support. 

So far, no luck. 

The basic reason is an NFL rule that allows just one helmet per player for safety and quality control reasons. It’s an antiquated rule but it’s the main holdup for the Eagles. 

The Eagles’ helmets are midnight green and Lurie doesn’t want midnight green helmets and kelly green jerseys. 

“To make it look really right, you should have matching helmets,” Lurie said once said. 

The Eagles even went as far as to propose a rule change during the 2017 offseason. But they withdrew the proposal before owners could vote on it because of advice from the NFL’s competition committee. It wasn’t going to pass. 

During those owners meetings, competition committee chairman Rich McKay told me he was hopeful that the rule would eventually get changed. 

A possible workaround would be for the Eagles to use decals on their existing helmets like some other teams, but Lurie doesn’t like that idea. For him, it’s kelly green helmet or bust. 

“We want a kelly green helmet to go with the kelly green jerseys,” he said. 

So, for now, the Eagles wait. 

And they’ll have to wait at least one more year. But there’s some hope for the 2021 season. 

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Is Dallas Goedert the Eagles’ most underrated player?

Is Dallas Goedert the Eagles’ most underrated player?

The folks over at ProFootballFocus recently put together a list of the most underrated player on each of the 32 NFL rosters and the choice for the Eagles wasn’t a very surprising one. 

For the Eagles, they listed tight end Dallas Goedert, the former second-round pick who will enter Year 3 of his career in 2020. 

Here’s what PFF said about Goedert: 

When you enter the NFL in the shadow of one of the league’s best tight ends, it’s easy to be somewhat overlooked. That is the case with Goedert, who was immediately thrust into a role as TE2 despite being taken in the second round out of South Dakota State. The Eagles have run a heavy dose of two tight end sets to get both him and Zach Ertz on the field, and it’s pretty clear from those snaps that Goedert is a top-end TE in the NFL.

“Since 2018, Goedert actually ranks fifth among qualifying tight ends in overall grade, ahead of Ertz. A big reason — outside of the obvious mismatch threats he poses as a receiver — is his elite play as a blocker for the position. Goedert’s 81.4 run-blocking grade sits sandwiched between Maxx Williams and George Kittle for second at the position over that same span. He is a complete tight end who would be a high-level primary option on most rosters in the NFL.

All of that is fair. And from a national perspective, I’m sure Goedert is very underrated. I don’t think he’s as underrated in Philadelphia, where Eagles fans get to watch him every weekend. 

In his first two seasons, Goedert has 91 catches for 941 yards and nine touchdowns. He made a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2 and he’s one of the better blocking tight ends in the league. So he’s a really well-rounded tight end. 

And his numbers aren’t that far off from what Zach Ertz did in his first two NFL seasons: 

Ertz: 94 catches, 1,171 yards, 7 touchdowns

Goedert: 91 catches, 941 yards, 9 touchdowns 

Heck, Goedert has been so good that he has some fans wondering if the Eagles should move on from Ertz at some point. 

So maybe from a national perspective, Goedert is underrated. But here in Philly, I don’t think he is. 

The two players I think are underrated locally are Isaac Seumalo and Derek Barnett. Neither guy is a star but both are better players than they get for. 

Seumalo has had two horrendous games in his career and it has really tainted the perception of his play. But aside from those games, he’s been a solid player. He’s still  just 26 and has become a pretty good starting left guard. 

And Barnett hasn’t lived up to his draft status as the 14th pick but he’s been better than you think when he’s on the field. The injuries are a concern, but since Barnett was drafted in 2017 he’s third on the team in sacks (14) behind Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox and second in QB hits (49) behind just Cox. And he is still just 23!

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