Harold Carmichael

The Eagles all-time team: Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald make the cut

The Eagles all-time team: Harold Carmichael, Mike Quick, Tommy McDonald make the cut

Over the next few weeks, we'll be unveiling our all-time Eagles team. 

We enlisted the help of Eagles reporters Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro, Quick Slants hosts Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks and Quick Slants producer Mike Mulhern for voting. 

We asked each person to rank their top five players at 16 different positions. A 1st-place vote was worth five points, a 2nd-place vote was worth four, and so on. 

Up next: Wide Receiver

Complete voting

1. Harold Carmichael = 23
2. Mike Quick = 16
3. Tommy McDonald = 15
4. DeSean Jackson = 13
5. Terrell Owens = 8 

The breakdown
New Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael got three 1st-place votes and Mike Quick and Tommy McDonald each got one. Harold was 2nd on the two ballots where he wasn’t first, and Quick got a 2nd-place vote, a 3rd-place vote and two 4th-place votes in addition to the one 1st-place vote. McDonald got the other 1st-place vote along with two 3rd-place votes and two 4th-place. DeSean Jackson got a 2nd, two 3rds and two 4ths. T.O. was as high as 2nd on one ballot and 4th on all four others. Interesting that the same five WRs were listed on all five ballots.

Did we get it right?
It’s tough comparing eras, but McDonald was the best in the business in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Carmichael was the best in the league from the early 1970s through the early 1980s and Quick was as good as anybody in the NFL from 1983 through 1987. So it really comes down to who did it the longest and most consistently, and that's Carmichael. From 1973 through 1983 — a span of 11 years — nobody had as many receiving yards or touchdowns. There’s a good reason he’s going into the Hall of Fame next summer. On our team, we’re coming out in a three-receiver set, and Carmichael, Quick and McDonald are clearly the top three in franchise history.
 
Complete team so far:
QB: Donovan McNabb 
RB: LeSean McCoy
WR: Harold Carmichael
WR: Mike Quick
WR: Tommy McDonald

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Hall of Fame finally gets Harold Carmichael enshrinement correct

Hall of Fame finally gets Harold Carmichael enshrinement correct

We finally know when Harold Carmichael is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

And this time the Hall of Fame got it right.

The Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that the Eagles great will be formally enshrined in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 7, 2021, along with the rest of the special 20-man Centennial Class that was originally scheduled to be inducted this fall.

Carmichael and the rest of the Centennial Class, selected by a special committee to commemorate the NFL’s 100th anniversary, were originally scheduled to be enshrined on Sept. 18, in a separate ceremony 1 1/2 months after the regular Hall of Fame weekend activities.

This year’s Hall of Fame Game and all the ceremonies were postponed till next summer because of concerns about COVID-19.

Carmichael had been eligible since 1989 but was finally voted into the Hall in January. Despite ranking 5th in NFL history in catches when he retired, this was the first time he had ever been a finalist.

During his 11 years as a full-time player with the Eagles — from 1973 through 1983 — Carmichael led the NFL in yards (8,414), touchdowns (77) and catches (549). 

The Hall of Fame announced that next summer’s Hall of Fame weekend will run from Aug. 5-9. It’s being billed as “Twice the Fun in ’21,” so presumably the 2020 and 2021 classes will both be enshrined during that five-day stretch.

The Hall of Fame is open and a display honoring the 20 Centennial Class inductees is now up.

Three artifacts from Carmichael’s brilliant career are now on display: His Eagles warmup jacket and pants, a pair of game-used high tops and the football he caught on Nov. 4, 1979, that extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 109, which broke the record of 108 set by Danny Abramowicz of the Saints and 49ers from 1967 through 1973.

Going into the Hall posthumously as part of the Centennial Class is Moorestown native Steve Sabol, who founded NFL Films along with his father Ed.  

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Hall of Fame reveals lame plan for Harold Carmichael induction

Hall of Fame reveals lame plan for Harold Carmichael induction

Harold Carmichael and the other Centennial inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be enshrined on Sept. 18, the Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday.

That's six weeks after the traditional Hall of Fame summer festivities.

The modern-era players will be enshrined on the usual first preseason weekend, which this summer is Aug. 8, in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Game.

The Centennial enshrinees, unfortunately, will be relegated to a Friday evening two weeks into the regular season and won’t be part of the annual Hall of Fame festivities that honor the greatest players in football history.

The Hall of Fame hasn’t specifically announced the schedule for that evening but according to a press release issued on Tuesday morning, the festivities will include “world-class performances from a variety of music icons.”

Oh boy.

The press release said ticket information to attend the induction of Carmichael and the other all-time greats was not available yet.

Carmichael is only the 7th player who spent more than half his career with the Eagles to make it to Canton. The others are Steve Van Buren (1965), Chuck Bednarik (1967), Pete Pihos (1970), Tommy McDonald (1998), Reggie White (2006) and Brian Dawkins (2018).

Carmichael spent the 1971 through 1983 seasons with the Eagles after getting drafted in the 7th round out of Southern University. He was named a wide receiver on the NFL’s 1980s all-decade team and is also on the Eagles' 75th anniversary team named in 2007.

During his 12 seasons with the Eagles, he caught 589 passes for 8,978 yards and 79 touchdowns -- all still franchise records. He led the NFL in catches and yards in 1973 and made four Pro Bowls.

The other centennial inductees are Jimbo Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Alex Karras, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie and Ed Sprinkle.

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