Top five quarterbacks in Philadelphia Eagles history
Now before we get started just a heads up this list is based on quarterback play through the 2017 season. With that said Carson Wentz is not on this list. While some may be disappointed I do firmly believe that when its all said and done Wentz will be remembered as the greatest quarterback in Eagles history. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the top five quarterbacks in Philadelphia Eagles history.
Number 5: The Dutchman Norm Van Brocklin
Norm Van Brocklin was well before my time but his accomplishments speak for themselves. While he would only spend three seasons with the Eagles he would help lead Philadelphia to one of the biggest wins in NFL history.
The 1960 NFL Championship game would be the only playoff loss for legendary head coach Vince Lombardi. The Eagles won that game 17-13 as Brocklin passed for 204 yards and one touchdown. Just two years prior the Eagles were 2-9-1. The game would be the last of Brocklin’s career. The win gave the Eagles their third NFL Championship.
The first Sports Illustrated cover to feature the Philadelphia Eagles was dated December 19, 1960 and focused on QB Norm Van Brocklin. pic.twitter.com/g6wUED6akF
— SportsPaper (@SportsPaperInfo) January 25, 2018
Number 4: Ron “Jaws” Jaworski
Next on the list is Ron Jaworski. Upon his arrival, he became the face of the team. By 1980 the Eagles were Super Bowl contenders. They began that season 11-1 and Jaws guided the Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance in New Orleans against the Oakland Raiders.
While that day would belong to the Raiders Jaws would win the NFL Player of the year award. He would also throw a career-high 27 touchdowns that season. The 6-foot-2 quarterback started a then NFL recorded 116 consecutive games from 1977-1984. Jaworski was able to help the Eagles to the playoffs for the first time since 1961. He finished his Eagles career with 26,963 passing yards and 175 touchdowns.
Just one week left as we are Ron Jaworski days away from Super Bowl LII!
— Eagledelphia (@EagledelphiaPA) January 28, 2018
Number 3: Dual Threat Randall Cunningham
Cunningham was the original Michael Vick. He was a dual threat that did it all leading the Eagles offense. Selected in the second round of the 1985 NFL draft he would spend 11 seasons in Philadelphia.
After winning the job from Jaworski he led the Eagles to the Eastern Division Title and the playoffs during the 1988 season. During the 1990 season, Cunningham finished with 942 rushing yards which was the third most by a quarterback in NFL history.
He would guide the Eagles to a playoff victory during the 1992 season over the New Orleans Saints which was the teams first in 12 years. Cunningham still holds the Eagles record for yards per rush with 6.62. One of the most exciting players in NFL history the former UNLV Rebel brought excitement to the City of Brotherly Love that had never been seen before.
If you've never seen his highlight tapes, you're missing out.
SO fun to watch.
Happy Birthday to the great Randall Cunningham! pic.twitter.com/4ain2qPX0V
— NFL (@NFL) March 27, 2017
Number 2: Donovan McNabb
Mcnabb was selected second overall in the 1999 NFL draft and would embark on a dominant career with the Eagles. He led the Eagles as they appeared in five NFC Championship games between 2000-2008 and one super bowl appearance.
The six-time Pro Bowl selection would become the Eagles all-time leader in pass attempts, completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns. In his first full season as a starter, he would finish second in the MVP voting.
While he never brought a Lombardi trophy to the City of Brotherly Love Mcnabbs accolades are undeniable. He was a model of consistency and somebody the Eagles could count on at the quarterback position. His 3,916 passing yards during the 2008 season are still the most in a season in Eagles history. However as great as McNabb was there is a reason he is number two on this list.
Like this Tweet if you remember the Donovan Mcnabb era pic.twitter.com/xhzbfzcCDx
— Philly Sports (@MadeForPhilly) October 1, 2016
Number 1: Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles
While you can definitely make a case for McNabb as being the top guy it comes down to one thing for me. Foles was able to bring Philadelphia its first Super Bowl and defeated Tom Brady and the Patriots to do so. It’s been a wild ride for Foles in his career.
He was drafted by the Eagles and took over for Vick then was traded away by Chip Kelly. He then returns to deliver a championship. Let’s not forget Foles other accomplishments in midnight green.
The former Arizona Wildcat had a historic 2013 NFL season throwing 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Only Brady has put up a Ratio that good. His jersey also sits in the hall of fame with Peyton Manning for throwing seven touchdowns in a game. Foles was able to do what no other quarterback had done and for that, he is number one in my book.
.@eagles @NickFoles : 9 stick/perfect throws that earned him #SB52 MVP and the Eagles 1st Lombardi . Not sure they win if he misses on any of these 9. Can your QB do this on the World’s Biggest Stage?? #BaldyBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/9ny02i37Uu
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) May 11, 2018
Your top five
So there it is the top five quarterbacks in Eagles history. Wed like to hear from you whether you agree or disagree comment and let us know.
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