Four Eagles have been named to the NFL’s all-decade team for the 2010s.
Jason Peters, LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles and Fletcher Cox all made the cut based on voting from the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Amazingly, the Eagles finally won the Super Bowl in the last decade and just one of their four all-decade players was on the field.
Making the all-decade team is a pretty big honor and it can add fuel to a Hall of Fame candidacy down the road.
Here’s a closer look at the four Eagles to make it:
The Eagles acquired Peters in a trade with the Bills in 2009, so almost his entire career in Philadelphia came in the 2010s. During the decade, he played and started in 125 games for the Eagles. The Bodyguard made six Pro Bowls and his only All-Pro selection in 2013. After an Achilles injury forced Peters to miss the 2012 season, he came back with four consecutive Pro Bowl years.
Peters joined Tyron Smith, Joe Staley and unanimous selection Joe Thomas on the list of offensive tackles.
The Eagles drafted Shady in the second round in 2009, so he had five of his six Eagles seasons in the decade. McCoy led the entire NFL in rushing yards in the decade with 10,434 — he was the only guy to top 10,000. And he also added 3,489 receiving yards and 85 total touchdowns.
McCoy led the NFL with a franchise-record 1,607 rushing yards in 2013. Overall, Shady made six Pro Bowls in the decade and three of them came with the Eagles, as did his only All-Pro seasons in 2011 and 2013.
He joined Frank Gore, Marshawn Lynch and unanimous selection Adrian Peterson as the running backs.
The 5-foot-6 do-it-all running back is the only player who made the all-decade team twice. He’s the flex player on offense as well as a punt returner. The Eagles traded for Sproles in 2014 and he spent the last six seasons with them. In his first three years with the Eagles, he made his only three Pro Bowl teams.
Sproles, who is fifth in NFL history in all-purpose yards, piled up 11,950 during the decade. During the 2010s, Sproles had 2,665 rushing yards, 3,960 receiving yards and 5,332 return yards. He also accounted for 45 total touchdowns.
As just a punt returner, Sproles averaged 9.9 yards per return in the decade and returned five punts for touchdowns. Sproles and Tyreek Hill were named as the punt returners.
Sometimes he gets overlooked nationally, but Cox has been a monster since the Eagles drafted him in the first round back in 2012. In his eight NFL seasons, he has 48 sacks, 62 tackles for loss and 121 quarterback hits. He has made the last five Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro in 2018.
Cox joins Geno Atkins, Ndamukong Suh and unanimous selection Aaron Donald on the list of DTs.
If there is any Eagles who you could consider a snub, it’s probably center Jason Kelce, who has a case as the best center of his generation. Kelce was drafted in 2011 and has been a three-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro. Zach Ertz and Lane Johnson have also made strong cases.
Here’s the complete all-decade team:
WR: Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones
TE: Rob Gronkowski, Travis Kelce
T: Jason Peters, Tyron Smith, Joe Saley, *Joe Thomas
G: Jahri Evans, Logan Mankins, Zack Martin, *Marshal Yanda
C: Alex Mack, Maurkice Pouncey
QB: *Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers
RB: Frank Gore, Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy, *Adrian Peterson
Flex: Darren Sproles
DE: Calais Campbell, Cameron Jordan, Julius Peppers, *J.J. Watt
DT: Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox, *Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh
LB: Chandler Jones, Luke Kuechly, Khalil Mack, *Von Miller, Bobby Wagner, Patrick Willis
CB: Patrick Peterson, Darrelle Revis, Richard Sherman
S: Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, Eric Weddle
DB: Chris Harris, Tyrann Mathieu
P: Johnny Hekker, Shane Lechler
K: Stephen Gostkowski, *Justin Tucker
PR: Tyreek Hill, Darren Sproles
KR: Devin Hester, Cordarrelle Patterson
Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll
* - denotes unanimous selection
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