The 2012 British Eagles Hall of Fame Inductees
The 2012 season was not all that good for us Eagles fans, could we truly think of someone who shone enough to be inducted into our Hall of Fame this gone season? Well yes of course we could, despite everything a number of players did do enough to at least grab the interest of our members and here we welcome them into our Hall of Fame alongside LeSean McCoy, Randall Cunningham and of course Weapon X… Brian Dawkins.
There are three categories which will continue each and every year, these are:
-YEAR-Current Player: This is any player/coach that is named on the Eagles roster during the regular season of said year.
-YEAR-Modern Day Veteran: This will be any player/coach who has played for the Eagles in the past decade, but no longer features on the teams roster.
-YEAR-Veteran: As you’ve no doubt guessed this will be any Eagles player/coach past the 10 year mark.
So without further adu… let us begin with the 2012 British Eagles Veteran Inudctee, a couple of names popped up with numerous votes being cast for each and everyone one of them, but one player ended up with the majority of the votes, it was of course the legend that is Chuck Bednarik. Despite the likes of Reggie White and Van Buren attempting to dethrone Bednarik there was only ever going to be one winner.
2012 Eagles Veteran – Chuck Bednarik
It only seems right that our man Bednarik, a man native to the state of Pennsylvania should find himself inducted so soon. A Linebacker and Center for the Eagles when he was drafted in 1949 after a stint as a B-24 waist gunner in World War II. He featured in the Championship sides of ’49 and ’60. It was in fact Bednarik who stopped Green Bay winning the Championship in 1960 on the final play of the game tacking down the Packers Running Back in a play reminiscent of ‘The Tackle’
During his 14 years in Philly he amassed 20 Interceptions and a ton of tackles, he even had a stint as kick returner for a season before going back to what he knows best the following year.
A true legend, a man who requires no introduction and who’s image is immortalised into every Philly fans mind as towers over Gifford, quite rightly finds himself inducted into the British Eagles Hall of Fame.
2012 Eagles Modern Day Veteran – Brian Westbrook
With two other players surprisingly hot on Brian’s heels after the two horse race last year that was him and Dawkins he manages to hold onto his lead and runs into the Modern Day British Eagles Hall of Fame, a Running Back he we won’t soon forget.
Westbrook had nine pretty awesome season in Philly, teamed up with Donovan McNabb they rode the Eagles into the playoffs on numerous occasions (at least when McNabb was fit and well). He featured in numerous game changing plays, from his kneel at the one yard to finish of Dallas Cowboys, to his punt-return on a Giants 4-12.
He rightly retired an Eagles after leaving for a brief spell and runs into our Hall of Fame with 37 touchdowns off 6,010 yards in Philly.
2012 Player of the Year – DeMeco Ryans
Another close run affair, with two other players (also one random choice) managing to push it right to the final weeks of voting before a winner was decided, this time it’s ex-Texans Linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who upon signing for the Eagles was expected to barely see time on the field due to his injury-ridden Houston years.
In fact he was one of few bright spots on the Eagles defense and team as a whole this year shoring up a poor LB corps and at least filling a bit of the void still left by Weapon X all those years ago.
In his first year at Philly DeMeco managed to pluck a rare Interception out of the air, he brought down 86 players, 113 combined with a colleague and managed another rarity .. a sack. So it’s no wonder despite the poor D-Line in front of him that he has been inducted into this years Hall of Fame where he will proudly stand by LeSean of 2011.