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Former Eagles K David Akers roasts Cowboys at NFL draft

Former Eagles K David Akers roasts Cowboys at NFL draft

Once again, the Eagles have one-upped the Cowboys. This time it happened at the NFL draft – twice – and with respect to Howie Roseman, David Akers stole the show.

First, Roseman traded ahead three spots to leap the Cowboys in the draft order, selecting tight end Dallas Goedert the same day their Hall of Fame tight end, Jason Witten, reportedly decided to retire. That was just cruel.

Then Akers took the stage to announce the Eagles’ second-round pick, and the greatest kicker in franchise history dropped a nuclear bomb on AT&T Stadium, aka Jerryworld, home to the Cowboys and site of this year’s draft.

“Hey, Dallas, the last time you were in the Super Bowl, these draft picks weren’t born.”

The Cowboys haven’t been to a Super Bowl since the 1995 season. Truth hurts.

Watch video of Akers’ entire rant here.

Last year, legendary Cowboys wide receiver and noted supervillain, Drew Pearson, trolled Eagles fans at the NFL draft in Philadelphia. The Eagles, of course, had the last laugh, going on to win the Super Bowl at the end of the season.

How much have the tides turned in the last year? Now kickers are straight dumping on the Cowboys in front of the entire world.

Did You Know? 10 fascinating Eagles playoff facts

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Did You Know? 10 fascinating Eagles playoff facts

Where does Greg Lewis fit in Eagles playoff history? What about Brent Celek? Correll Buckhalter? Luis Zendejas? Chris Warren?

Chris Warren???

Yep. 

For the answers to these questions and some other bizarre, fascinating, and in some cases, depressing Random Eagles Playoff Facts You Probably Don't Know, read on! 

• Did you know?
More Eagles running backs have had 100-yard postseason rushing games at the Superdome in New Orleans than in any other stadium. Including their own stadiums! Wilbert Montgomery had the only Eagles 100-yard rushing game at the Vet (194 yards in the 1980 NFC Championship Game) and Brian Westbrook has the only one so far at the Linc (141 yards against the Giants in a 2006 wild-card game). But both Heath Sherman (105 yards in 1992 wild-card game) and Westbrook (116 yards in 2006 conference semifinals) have done it at the Superdome.

• Did you know?
The Eagles have scored fewer than 30 points in 16 straight playoff games, just one shy of the NFL record of 17 straight games shared by the Chiefs from 1967-1998 and the Chargers from 1983-2014 (and still active). The last time the Eagles scored 30 points in a playoff game was the 33-19 win over the Bears in the 2001 conference semifinals at Soldier Field. The Eagles have also gone nine straight home playoff games without scoring 30 points, the third-longest streak in NFL history behind two 12-game streaks — the Bears from 1963-2007 and the Chargers from 1965-2010 (still active). They scored 31 against the Buccaneers in a wild-card game the week before that Bears game in 2001.

• Did you know?
Greg Lewis is the only player in NFL history to catch a pass of 30 yards or more in three straight games in a single postseason after not catching one pass of 30 yards during the regular season. Lewis did it in 2004. He’s one of only six players in the last 20 years with a catch of 30 yards or more in three straight games in a single postseason.

• Did you know?
The Eagles have allowed 100 or more rushing yards in nine straight playoff games. That’s the second-longest streak in NFL history. The Lions allowed 100 yards in 10 straight postseason games from 1935-1983.

• Did you know? 
Only two Eagles have had two interceptions in a playoff game in the last 25 years. And only one of them was a cornerback! Eric Allen picked off Bobby Hebert twice — including a pick-six — in the 1992 wild-card win at the Superdome, and Damon Moore intercepted Brad Johnson twice in the 2001 wild-card win over the Buccaneers at the Vet.  

• Did you know? 
The Eagles' four-game postseason losing streak is the fourth-longest current playoff losing streak in the NFL. The Lions have lost nine straight since 1992, the Bengals have lost eight straight since 1991 and the Bills five straight since 1996.

• Did you know?
Brent Celek's 10 catches against the Cardinals in the 2008 NFC Championship Game match the most by a tight end in any postseason game in the last 20 years. The last tight end with more receptions in a playoff game was Jay Novacek, who had 11 for the Cowboys in a 1995 wild-card game against the Packers.

• Did you know?
The Eagles haven't had a rushing play longer than 27 yards in their last five playoff games. Their last postseason run longer than 27 yards came in the 2006 conference semifinal loss to the Saints, when Westbrook had a 62-yard run. Their longest run since was Buckhalter's 27-yarder against the Vikings in the 2008 wild-card game.

• Did you know?
Only three players in Eagles history have had 22 or more carries in a playoff game. Steve Van Buren, Montgomery and … Chris Warren? WHO??? Yep, Warren, who only played one regular-season game in an Eagles uniform, had 22 carries for 77 yards against the Buccaneers in a 2000 wild-card win at the Vet. The loss to the Giants a week later was his final career game. He finished his Eagles career with more postseason rushing yards (96) than regular-season rushing yards (45).

• Did you know?
David Akers is the only kicker in Eagles history to make a postseason field goal of 43 yards or longer. The longest Eagles postseason field goal by anybody other than Akers was a 42-yarder by Luis Zendejas in the Fog Bowl. In fact, Akers is the only Eagle with more than one career postseason field goal of 40 yards.

David Akers on years with Eagles: 'The fans changed my life'

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David Akers on years with Eagles: 'The fans changed my life'

Editor's note: This story originally ran Aug. 31.

When you talk about David Akers, you pretty much have to talk about opening day 2000.
 
It wasn’t just the hottest game in NFL history and one of the Eagles' greatest wins over the Cowboys, it was the start of an 11-year run in which the Eagles went to the playoffs nine times, reached five NFC Championship Games and a Super Bowl and averaged 10½ wins per year.
 
And when Akers talks about memories of his 12 years with the Eagles, he has to start on that blazing hot afternoon, Sept. 3, 2000, at Texas Stadium.
 
"It was my first game, first year as a full-time kicker, my first kickoff as a full-time kicker," Akers recalled. "And Andy Reid comes in before the game and says if we lose the coin toss, we're opening the game with an onside kick.
 
"I was like, 'You're kidding, right?' I was really worried about not doing well and now we're starting the game with an onside kick? I had already been cut by three teams, and I was like, 'Man, if I screw this up, I might as well just pack up and leave.' "
 
As we all know, Akers' onside kick was perfect, Dameane Douglas recovered, and just a few minutes later Donovan McNabb's TD pass to Stanley Pritchett had the Eagles on their way to a historic 41-14 win over the Cowboys in what came to be known as the Pickle Juice Game.
 
Before he was finished with the Eagles, Akers scored a franchise-record 1,323 points and played a franchise-record 188 games. Along with Jon Runyan, Tra Thomas and Brian Dawkins, he became one of four players in franchise history to play in 10 postseason wins.
 
On Wednesday evening, Akers learned that this fall he'll become the 50th inductee in the Eagles Hall of Fame.
 
Akers is scheduled to be inducted Oct. 23 at halftime of the Eagles-Redskins game at the Linc.
 
“I loved my time in Philly," said Akers, who kicked here from 1999 through 2010. "The fans changed my life. People talk about the billboard we left (when he left Philly), but honestly, it was a true bottom-of-the-heart thank you from my family.
 
"I hope when the fans look at everything, they know I tried the best I could. I always did it for the team, the organization, the fans, and the reality is that none of us are perfect and obviously I would like to have some field goals back in my career, but if I rewrote how things went down, I probably wouldn’t change very much. And I wouldn’t change where I played my 12 years."
 
After getting cut by the Panthers, Redskins and Falcons as an undrafted kicker out of Louisville, Akers found a home in Philadelphia. And even though he finished his career with brief stops in San Francisco and Detroit — it was with the 49ers that he tied the then-NFL record with a 63-yard field goal — it was in Philly that he put up historic numbers and made five of his six Pro Bowls.
 
In NFL history, only three kickers have played in more postseason wins with the same team than Akers — Stephen Gostkowski of the Patriots has played in 15, Adam Vinatieri played in 13 for the Patriots and Roy Gerela of the 1970s Steelers played in 11.
 
"The one thing about Philly fans, they’re so passionate, and it was an honor to play for them as long as I did," Akers said. "They go to the games when we're not doing well. They let you hear it but they're always going to be there. And when you're doing well? This is the greatest city to be around when you're playing well, and guys who don’t get a chance to experience that, it’s a shame."
 
Akers ranks 12th in NFL history with 1,721 points and 11th in history with 386 total field goals. He's the No. 2 scorer in NFL postseason history with 175 points, 59 fewer than Vinatieri.
 
He's also 12th in NFL history with 27 field goals over 50 yards.
 
And now he joins five former teammates — Dawkins, McNabb, Jeremiah Trotter, Brian Westbrook and Troy Vincent — along with Jim Johnson as the seventh representative of the Andy Reid Eagles in the team's Hall of Fame.
 
“When Mr. Lurie (owner Jeffrey Lurie) called me, I have to say that I was shocked but humbled just because I have so much gratitude for what the Eagles did for me," Akers said.
 
"They gave me the opportunity when the Redskins and Panthers and Falcons had not been successful for me. My first kickoff in the NFL went 90 yards for a touchdown the opposite way, and I missed a 49-yarder, then got cut two days later.
 
"It's unbelievable how quickly those 12 years went with the Eagles. Such great runs with so many wonderful players and great coaches, a lot of who were very successful after moving on from the Eagles."
 
Akers learned he had been selected to the Hall of Fame Wednesday night during the Taking Flight for Autism fundraiser at the Linc.
 
"Obviously the one thing that sticks with me is the last time I played in an Eagles uniform is not a day I'd like to remember (2010 playoff loss to the Packers)," he said.
 
"So it was a little surreal being back on the stage at the Linc where a lot of other positive memories happened. Looking back on my career, just overwhelmed with gratitude, to be honest with you."