Former Eagles great Reggie White has died after suffering a massive heart attack Sunday morning at his home near Huntersville, N.C. He was 43.
"Today our beloved husband, father and friend passed away," White's wife, Sara, said through a family pastor. "His family appreciates your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of Reggie White. We want to thank you in advance for honoring our privacy."
White registered 124 sacks during his eight years (1985-92) in Philadelphia, but departed for Green Bay via free agency. In Green Bay, he helped lead the Packers to two consecutive Super Bowl appearances, including a championship in 1996.
Said the Eagles in a statment: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of the greatest men ever to play the game of football. On behalf of the entire Eagles family, our condolences go out to his wife, Sara, to his children, and to all those who have been touched by Reggie throughout his life. His legacy on and off the football field will never be forgotten."
Reaction as the Eagles boarded the airplane to travel to St. Louis was swift, and emotional.
"First of all, it was very shocking to hear news like this about a person of Reggie's caliber," said Harold Carmichael, the Eagles' director of player development and alumni. "A lot of people think about Reggie on the football field. I think about him off the field. I think about the things he used to do, the people he used to help. He was a fun guy to be around.
"We never played against each other, but I was around him a lot and saw him a lot. It's tough to talk about it now."
The Eagles reached out to White and brought him back into the organization as the team moved into the NovaCare Complex in 2001. They honored White with a larger-than life cloth mural in the auditorium of the Complex. He, Steve Van Buren, Tommy McDonald and Chuck Bednarik are honored with murals.
"I know it meant a lot to him," said Carmichael. "He wanted to be around, and be part of the Eagles. He was always such a positive person. Even after he left the Eagles, I know he always loved Philadelphia and the Eagles and the fans very much."
Monday, December 27, 2004
Sunday, December 12, 2004
The march continues. The Eagles again meet Washington, just three weeks after dispatching the Redskins 28-6 on November 21 at Lincoln Financial Field.
This time, the Eagles play in the nationally-televised game (ESPN) at FedEx Field. Washington is 4-8 and coming off an impressive 31-7 win over the New York Giants last Sunday.
It was the most impressive offensive display of the season for the Redskins.
Running back Clinton Portis rushed for 148 yards and scored two touchdowns in the first half, while quarterback Patrick Ramsey had his best game this season, completing 19 of 22 passes and throwing for three touchdowns.
And it was business as usual for the Redskins' defense, which limited New York's offense to just 145 total yards and 38 rushing yards. Rookie quarterback Eli Manning struggled, completing just 12 of 25 passes for 113 yards. The defense pitched a shutout, with the Giants' only points coming in the third quarter on Derrick Ward's 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
"I'm extremely proud of our guys for everything that has happened to us all year," head coach Joe Gibbs said. "There are so many guys hurt and so many guys injured. I'm very proud of them."
Regarding the offense, Gibbs said: "We had playmakers making plays. We've been missing plays all year. Clinton had a big day. I could tell he would because all week he was asking for the ball. After a couple of weeks of us not doing well in the running game, he felt the need to produce. Our receivers made some great catches. A lot of things that haven't gone well for us this season went well for us."
It was the first time this season that the Redskins had score more than 20 points in a game.
Said Portis: "This offense can produce week-in and week-out. This week we were able to stick to our game plan, pound away with a play-action pass here and there. Guys made plays. We knew this offense can produce."
It couldn't have been a better start for the Redskins. Washington scored on its opening possession, with Portis's 1-yard run capping a 13-play, 93-yard drive. Gibbs elected to have Ramsey hand off to Portis on the offense's first five plays. Portis would go on to carry seven times -- one more than his total rushing attempts in last week's game against Pittsburgh -- for 49 yards on the drive.
Ramsey was perfect on the drive, connecting with Laveranues Coles twice and going 4-4 overall for 32 yards. After a Ramsey pass to Brian Kozlowski gave the offense a first and goal at the 1-yard line, Portis followed a block from fullback Mike Sellers and dove across the left side of the goal line for the early 7-0 lead.
The Redskins took a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter, with Portis scoring his second touchdown of the game on a 4-yard shovel pass from Ramsey.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles aren't used to being leaders.
The Eagles usually struggle early in the season, then spend the rest of the year recovering in the standings and jockeying for playoff position.
This year, the rest of the league is trying to catch up to Philadelphia.
At 7-0, the Eagles are off to the best start in franchise history and lead Atlanta (6-2) by 1½ games in the NFC. With New England losing to Pittsburgh, the Eagles are the only undefeated team in the NFL.
No matter, they won't get caught up in the hype. After three straight losses in the NFC championship game, the Eagles won't be celebrating much until they finally get to the Super Bowl.
"You don't enjoy it and you don't put pressure on yourself," Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday about the 7-0 start. "You go out and you play and you take it like it's a normal week. You don't worry about records or anything else. You just concentrate on the game. You don't have time for all that other stuff."
Last season, the Eagles started with two losses at home in their new stadium. They were 2-3 after five games, but finished 10-1 and clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs when St. Louis lost on the last day of the regular season.
In 2002, the Eagles opened with a loss and were 3-2 after five games. They went 9-2 the rest of the way, needing help to secure the No. 1 seed as Green Bay lost to the Jets on the final day of the regular season.
In 2001, they also lost the opener and were 3-3 after six games. They finished 8-2, but didn't earn a first-round bye.
"It's not really jubilation and excitement about 7-0," safety Brian Dawkins said. "We are happy, but we understand that we still have some tough games to play."
After five double-digit victories to start the season, the Eagles had a tougher time the last two weeks. They needed overtime to win in Cleveland and held off a late rally by Baltimore to win 15-10 Sunday.
"It's going to build character for us and obviously it's going to give us something to build on toward the end of the season," wide receiver Terrell Owens said. "Every win is not going to be a blowout. There are going to be some close games."
Owens and quarterback Donovan McNabb are the main reasons for Philadelphia's perfect start. The two have connected for nine touchdowns, including one that sealed the victory against the Ravens.
A four-time Pro Bowl selection, McNabb is having his best season. He has thrown for 1,972 yards, 14 TDs and three interceptions, and also run for two scores. Owens, an MVP contender in his first season with the Eagles, has 42 catches for 697 yards and nine TDs. He has over 100 yards receiving in the last five games, a career best and a team record.
Next up for the Eagles are the Steelers, who improved to 6-1 with a 34-20 victory that ended New England's NFL-record 21-game winning streak.
"I always thought they were a tough team," Reid said. "I think they have a lot of talent. It will be a lot of fun."
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Childress: Offense Has Confidence
Terrell Owens showed his confidence by laying down the gauntlet in the direction of Carolina's Ricky Manning, Jr. this week.
How do the coaches feel about T.O.'s verbal expression?
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"It is what it is. It stands. It's what he said. He's a different personality and I enjoy his personality. He's very confident," said offensive coordinator Brad Childress. "I would tell you, it's refreshing.
"It's different. It's an alternative point of view. He has a history where he's backed it up. It's not bragging if you can back it up."
The bottom line for Childress is that the offense plays with confidence against Carolina on Sunday. Certainly, the offense has been a force in the 4-0 start, and that's something the Eagles want to continue as the season resumes after the bye week.
Childress has a diverse, attacking offense that has a red-hot quarterback and multiple weapons. And he'll have Brian Westbrook for this game against Carolina, unlike in the NFC Championship Game.
"The more tools, the more weapons you can have to attack with, it makes a difference," said Childress. "If you only have one, you can legislate against one player, or in some cases, two. It helps to have as many tools as you can."
Carolina's defense gave the Eagles fits in January. This time, the Panthers aren't the same group. There is no defensive tackle Kris Jenkins. The secondary has been revamped. The linebacker corps has been dinged with injuries.
So what will the offensive attack be? Childress was, predictably, vague.
"We're going to run our offense. There is going to be some run, there is going to be some pass," he said. "We're going to see how they want to deploy against various different formation groupings. We'll see if they have trouble in a (single) area. You kind of probe and see."
Monday, September 13, 2004
Next time, Terrell Owens will plan to get to the stadium a lot earlier on game day. Now he knows the logjam that is Eagles fans traffic.
Owens showed up at Lincoln Financial Field late on Sunday, but in plenty of time to make a debut that lived up to the hype. He caught 8 passes for 68 yards and three touchdowns in the 31-17 win over the Giants.
Owens' three scores surpassed the totals of the Eagles' leading wide receivers all of last season. Both Todd Pinkston and Freddie Mitchell scored two touchowns in 2003.
Owens made it look easy. Surely, the Giants offered less resistance than did the brutal pre-game traffic.
"It was pretty rough," Owens said. "I really didn't expect traffic to be this hectic. I got off on Pattison Avenue and I saw the traffic , so I got off the shoulder. During the pres-season, I always went back home (South Jersey) and then came back. So I asked one of the policemen which way to go and he said, 'Dude, you're not going to make it. Let me call an escort for you.' So thank goodness for that."
Owens did not get specific as to what time he arrived only at Lincoln Financial Field.
"I was on time for the game, so that's all that matters," he said.
Indeed. Owens was brilliant in shredding the Giants. He could have had more, too, but the Eagles didn't need it. Owens caught passes short and broke tackles. He went deep. He ran crossing routes.
And he opened lanes for other receivers to exploit, just as the Eagles had drawn up when they traded for Owens in March.
"You saw the amount of balls the guys caught and you saw Donovan (McNabb) distribute the ball to a number of receivers," said Owens, who admitted that one of the reasons he left late for the game was that one of his friends is ill and that the situation was "heavy on my heart." "I know my presence here and what it is going to bring to the table. It is going to enable a lot of guys to go one-on-one and obviously the double-teaming is going to swing my way. There are going to be some opportunities for those guys."
Owens' first touchdown was a post-corner route on which McNabb lofted a pass into the right corner of the end zone. The second touchdown came after McNabb brilliantly rolled to his right, avoided going out of bounds as well as Michael Strahan and found Owens in the middle of the end zone.
The third touchdown was a simple fade route to the right corner of the end zone after McNabb faked a handoff and rolled to the right. After the score, he flapped his arms like, well, an Eagle.
Naturally, the crowd went wild.
Three scores. Not a bad start.
"This is what we talked about since training camp & getting off to a good start. I know the last few years here, the teams have gotten off to a slow start. That's why I felt I could come in and help and get the team off on a good track," said Owens. "It was a good start for us."
Thursday, September 02, 2004
33-year old defensive tackle excited about being an Eagle again, prepares for season.
Even though he's likely to be relegated to a backup role, defensive end Hugh Douglas was excited to be back with the Eagles after getting released by Jacksonville. The 33-year-old Douglas is the second ex-Eagle to return to the team this summer. In June, the club re-signed middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter after he was released by the Washington Redskins. Douglas had just 3 1/2 sacks for the Jaguars last season after receiving a $6 million signing bonus from them.
"I guess I didn't factor in the fact that when you move to another job, you're starting from scratch," Douglas said. "I think I went down there a little bit thinking, "Hell, I had success in Philly, it's just going to naturally come to me.' It didn't. It was so rough in the beginning. I just didn't fit into what they were trying to do. It was nobody's fault."
The Eagles don't know how much Douglas has left in his tank. He'll likely be part of a four-man rotation at the two end spots with starters Jevon Kearse and Derrick Burgess and second-year man Jerome McDougle . But he always was a popular locker room presence before he left.
"He's a nice fit in there," Reid said. "He was a guy that was well-liked on this football team. He's a funny guy. He has a great sense of humor."
The Eagles next game is friday 9/3 against the NY Jets. Their last encounter with eachother was Oct. 26, 2003 where the Jets lost 17-24. Tomorrows game will probably end about the same! GO EAGLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, August 27, 2004
An undrafted rookie from North Carolina, Parker perhaps earned himself a roster spot with his performance.
``Looking at the other running backs out there who were drafted, I have a chip on my shoulder,'' Parker said.
Reno Mahe ran for a score and L.J. Smith and Greg Lewis had TD catches for the Eagles
After Jeff Blake connected with Lewis on a 14-yard TD pass to give the Eagles a 21-17 lead, the Steelers went ahead on Parker's 3-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter.
Terrell Owens, the Eagles' biggest offseason acquisition, didn't have a catch. His 41-yard TD reception in the first quarter was negated by a holding penalty on Tra Thomas. He later dropped a pass that hit him in the chest.
McNabb was 8-of-19 for 105 yards and one TD. Blake was 6-of-7 for 63 yards and one TD.
``We're not where we want to be right now,'' McNabb said. ``The exciting part is we're putting points up on the board. When we're doing that, you've got some positive things to look at.''
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Terrell Owens caught Donovan McNabb's long pass in stride, raced into the end zone, put his hands on his hips, stared at the crowd and nodded his head.
Take that, Ray Lewis.
McNabb and Owens connected on an 81-yard TD pass on Philadelphia's first play, and rookie J.R. Reed returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score, leading the Eagles over the Baltimore Ravens 26-17 in a preseason game Friday night.
``It was definitely something to make a statement,'' Owens said. ``It lets teams know why the Eagles brought me here.''
While preseason games usually attract little interest, most eyes focused on Owens and Lewis, who exchanged verbal jabs after the four-time Pro Bowl receiver spurned the Ravens, forcing a trade to the Eagles after the San Francisco 49ers initially dealt him to Baltimore. Upset by Owens' rejection, Lewis warned the outspoken receiver not to go across the middle. Owens responded by saying Lewis isn't the hardest hitter to play in the league. But the feud didn't live up to its hype as the players hardly crossed paths in just a half of work.
``We did come together and I told him I loved him and he told me he loved me,'' Owens said. ``Ray is my friend.''
Thursday, August 19, 2004
It's become kind of a morbid guessing game at Philadelphia's practices the last couple of years -- who will be the next defensive player to go down with a serious injury?
Starting defensive end N.D Kalu was the latest casualty after a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee knocked him out for the season.
That means Derrick Burgess becomes the right end. While Kalu offers Burgess tips on being a starter, Burgess can tell Kalu all about rehabilitation -- he missed all but one game the last two years.
As Kalu was on Tuesday, Burgess was injured last season during a routine drill, which makes the injuries more difficult to accept or explain. They have happened mostly on the well-kept grass at the practice facility, not the concrete-like turf at the Eagles' old home, Veterans Stadium.
Of the 13 players on the injured list, 11 are on defense.
Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins has barely practiced because of a knee injury. Defensive tackle Sam Rayburn and Dhani Jones both limped around the locker room on crutches Wednesday with high ankle sprains. Defensive end Jerome McDougle only recently started contact drills after sitting out with an injured shoulder.
Defensive tackles Corey Simon (back) and Paul Grasmanis (ankle) have missed most of training camp. Linebacker Nate Wayne has been bothered by a sore hamstring.
Last season, the Eagles' lost Burgess and rookie defensive end Jamaal Green to season-ending injuries in the preseason. McDougle missed the first eight games, and Grasmanis and defensive tackle Hollis Thomas went down with season-ending injuries before the midpoint of the season.
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Date Opponent Time/Result
Aug. 13 at New England 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 20 Baltimore 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 26 Pittsburgh 8:00 p.m.
Sept. 3 at New York 7:00 p.m.
Date Opponent Result
Sept. 12 New York Giants 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 20 Minnesota 9:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Detroit 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 3 at Chicago 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 10 Open Date
Oct. 17 Carolina 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 at Cleveland 1:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 Baltimore 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 7 at Pittsburgh 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 15 at Dallas 9:00 p.m.
Nov. 21 Washington 4:15 p.m.
Nov. 28 at New York Giants 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 5 Green Bay 4:15 p.m.
Dec. 12 at Washington 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 19 Dallas 1:00 p.m.
Dec. 27 at St. Louis 9:00 p.m.
Jan. 2 Cincinnati 1:00 p.m.
All times are Eastern