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Jason Peters is the latest in a series of stories looking at the Hall of Fame chances of current or recent Eagles who are still active in the NFL.

Friday, July 19: Fletcher Cox
Saturday, July 20: Zach Ertz
Sunday, July 21: DeSean Jackson
Monday, July 22: Jason Kelce
Tuesday, July 23: LeSean McCoy
Today: Jason Peters
Thursday, July 25: Darren Sproles

Numbers: Has made 182 career starts at left tackle, the first 55 for the Bills, the last 127 for the Eagles.

Postseason numbers: Has played in only five postseason games, all with the Eagles. The first three were under Andy Reid in the 2009, 2010 and 2013 postseasons and after missing the Super Bowl run because of an injury, he finally played in his first career postseason win last January in Chicago a week before his 37th birthday.

Honors: Has made nine Pro Bowl teams, the first two with the Bills in 2007 and 2008, the last seven with the Eagles. He was also a first-team All-Pro in 2011 and 2013.

Favorite stat: He’s tied for second-most Pro Bowls in NFL history by an undrafted player behind only Jim Otto, who made 12 straight playing center for the Raiders from 1961 through 1972. Willie Brown, Lou Groza, Warren Moon and Emlen Tunnell also were undrafted and made nine Pro Bowls, and all are in the Hall of Fame.

 

Records and rankings 

• Despite playing his first five years with the Bills, Peters has made more Pro Bowls than any other undrafted player in Eagles history with seven. David Akers is next on that list with five, and nobody else has more than three.

• Among all players in Eagles history, only Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik — with eight — has made more Pro Bowls. Brian Dawkins and Reggie White, both also Hall of Famers, made seven each.

• Since 2007, the only players who’ve made more Pro Bowls than Peters are Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Larry Fitzgerald, three first-ballot Hall of Famers.

Analysis

It would seem like a no-brainer that Peters will one day be a Hall of Famer.

The question I always ask is: “Was he ever the best in the business for at least five years?” Well, how about for 10 years?

From 2007 through 2016, Peters made the Pro Bowl all nine years that he played (he missed 2012 with an Achilles injury). During that span, the only other offensive lineman to make more than seven Pro Bowls was Browns tackle Joe Thomas.

In NFL history, 26 offensive linemen have made nine or more Pro Bowls, and 20 of the 24 of those who are eligible are in the Hall of Fame. The only exceptions are Jim Tyrer, Walt Sweeney, Ruben Brown and Alan Faneca, who all made nine Pro Bowls.

No lineman has ever made 10 Pro Bowls and not made it into the Hall of Fame — all 12 who are eligible are in. So Peters already has a worthy résumé, but if he’s able to crank out one more Pro Bowl season at 37 years old, he would have to be a lock.

The only offensive linemen in Eagles history in the Hall of Fame are Alex Wojciechowicz, Bob Brown and Jim Ringo.

But Wojciechowicz played only 4½ years at the end of his career with the Eagles, Brown was here for only his first five years, and Ringo was in Philly only his last four years. Bednarik is a Hall of Famer, but he played center for only four years later in his career.

So the Eagles don’t have a Hall of Fame offensive lineman who played the bulk of his career here. Five years after he retires, Peters should become the first.

Verdict: Will be a Hall of Famer.



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