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GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 16: Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles stretches for a touchdown after a reception against the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter of the game at Lambeau Field on November 16, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

In terms of All-Time Great Philadelphia Eagles, we can all run down the list of who we like at each position. Donovan McNabb, Brian Dawkins, Reggie White, Chuck Bednarik. The Eagles have 25 Hall Of Famers, so if you just put them all on a team it would make up almost half a All-Time Roster. Those names are easy to come up with. But what about guys who don’t get that level of love? Guys who maybe got forgotten or overlooked in their time here. Guys like Jeremy Maclin, Andy Harmon, and Chad Lewis. The players where if someone brings them up, we will all go, “Oh yea, that guy was great.”

Some just got overshadowed because they played next to guys like Reggie White or Brian Dawkins. Others may have played positions that just don’t get enough love to begin with. And some are just guys who just did their job, but never got the love. But all of them are guys we tend to overlook. So I figured it is time to give those guys some love for once.

I did my best to build out a roster on both offense, defense, and special teams of these guys who deserve more love. What QB did we not appreciate enough? Which WR deserves more love? What CB do Eagles fans overlook? I picked who I think are the most underappreciated at every position.

You’ll notice they are all from the 90s and 2000s because that is what I know. Bill Bradley may be a great CB we underrate, but his career began and ended way before I was born. So I apologize for leaving him and other guys from that era, or earlier eras, off the list. And obviously, some of them are actually great players. Underrated is a vague term, but in one way or the other, all of these are underappreciated.

Here is your All-Time Roster Of Philadelphia Eagles Who Don’t Get Enough Love:

  • QB- Rodney Peete

    26 Oct 1997: Quarterback Rodney Peete of the Philadelphia Eagles scrambles during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won the game, 13-12.

    Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport

    In the era between Randall Cunningham and Donovan McNabb there was a lot of bad QB play in Philly. Only one guy, Rodney Peete, stands out as doing anything special. Peete was by no means great, but compared to what the Eagles were dealing with outside of him, he was a Star. Peete went 9-3 with the eagles in 1995 after replacing Randall Cunningham, and even beat the Lions in the playoffs in a game where he put up over 450 total yards.

  • WR- Jeremy Maclin

    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 26:  Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores a 21 yard reception against free safety Rashad Johnson #26 of the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 26, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.

    (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Playing with Desean Jackson took some of the shine away from Maclin. But 4,771 yards, 36 TDs, and 343 catches in 5 seasons is pretty damn good. And the one year he had a chance to be the WR1 with the Eagles he put up 1,381 yards. He showed up in the playoffs too, even if the team around him didn’t. In his 2 playoff games here he had 219 yards, a TD, and 9 First Downs. Maclin was very good for the Eagles.

  • WR- Irving Fryar

    26 Oct 1997:  Defensive back Omar Stoutmire of the Dallas Cowboys (right) attempts to tackle wide receiver Irving Fryar of the Philadelphia Eagles during a game at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Eagles won the game, 13-12.

    Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons /Allsport

    Fryar’s time with the Eagles was short, and came at the end of his career. But he was great those first two years. 1,195 yards the first season, and then 1,316 the second, with 18 TDs between them. What makes it more impressive is who he had throwing to him. Mark Rypien, Rodney Peete, Bobby Hoying, Ty Detmer, and Koy Detmer. Peete is the only one of the bunch with any talent.

  • RB- Correll Buckhalter

    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 12:  Running back Correll Buckhalter #28 of the Philadelphia Eagles hurdles his way downfield against San Francisco 49ers during their game on October 12, 2008 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Philaddelphia won 40-26.

    (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)

    Buck lived in the shadow of Duce Staley and then B West. Which is a trend you will see a lot on this list. But Buck was as good of a backup RB as you could ask for. In 5 seasons, he averaged 4.5 yards a carry. He unfortunately missed a lot of time, 3 out of 4 years in the mid 2000s. But when he was healthy he was the perfect complement to B West. 2,155 yards and 21 TDs from a backup across 5 seasons is nothing to sneeze at.

  • FB- Leonard Weaver

    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 08:  Leonard Weaver #43 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on November 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

    FB barely exists in the NFL anymore. But I had to give some love to Leonard Weaver. I am the only person I know who still has a Leonard Weaver Jersey, or even had one to begin with. He only spent one year here, but in that year he was an All-Pro. He was very effective as a second back behind LeSean McCoy. Maybe he could have repeated it a second year if it wasn’t for a career ending injury in the first game of the following season.

  • TE- Chad Lewis

    TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 24:  Tight end Chad Lewis #89 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium on December 24, 2005 in Tempe, Arizona. The Cards defeated the Eagles 27-21.

    (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    The Eagles have had a lot of great Tight Ends. Dallas Goedert, Zach Ertz, Keith Jackson. You can even throw Brent Celek in there who was maybe not as great as those 3 but was an exceptional Tight End for years. But Chad Lewis is one name that goes under the radar a bit. He was a Pro Bowler for 3 straight seasons at one point. Was he a Super Star? No. But he was a solid and reliable target for Donovan McNabb.

  • T- Halapoulivaati Vaitai

    LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 10: Offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai #72 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass block on outside linebacker Preston Smith #94 of the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 10, 2017 in Landover, Maryland.

    (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    Big V! Nick Foles gets all the credit for filling in as a backup and playing great in the Super Bowl, but Big V fits that bill too. Jason Peters was a Hall of Fame LT. And him going down to be replaced by a backup was a big issue at the time. Thankfully Big V filled his shoes near perfectly. Great enough to get himself a big deal elsewhere. And he is still playing well for the Lions after moving inside.

  • G- Evan Mathis

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18:  Evan Mathis #69 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass block against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    Mathis was sneakily great during his time here. Almost every Offensive Guard is under appreciated, just because it’s a position that rarely ever gets any shine. But Mathis played at an All-Pro Level for his 4 seasons here. Playing in between Jason Kelce and Jason Peters helps a lot. But Mathis was great in his own right.

  • C- Jamaal Jackson

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 07:  Jamaal Jackson #67, and Todd Herremans #79 of the Philadelphia Eagles get set to defend against Fred Robbins #98 of the New York Giants during their game on December 7, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

    (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Jackson was a mainstay at Center for the Eagles for several years before Jason Kelce came onto the scene. You can tell when an O-Lineman does their job well when you don’t hear much about them. And we did not hear from Jackson much at all during that time. He was no Jason Kelce, but few are. Still, he was reliable for a long period of time.

  • G- Todd Herremans

    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23:  Offensive tackle Todd Herremans #79 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 27-6.

    (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Herremans also spent time at RT, but for most of his 10-year career with the Eagles, he played either Right or Left Guard. You don’t keep a job for 10 years not playing well. But like we said with Mathis, Guards just don’t get much love. Herremans does deserve lots of love though.

  • T- Barrett Brooks

    24 Sep 1995:  Offensive lineman Barrett Brooks of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during a game against the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won the game, 48-17.

    Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr.

    Picking an underrated Tackle for the Eagles is hard, because for so long they have had long term stability there. And we can’t exactly call Runyan, Peters, or Johnson underrated. Brooks fits the bill though. Was he a Hall of Famer like some of the others guys who have played Tackle here? No. But he was a solid reliable tackle.

  • DE- Clyde Simmons

    TEMPE, AZ - DECEMBER 22:  Defensive end Clyde Simmons #96 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes the passer of the Arizona Cardinals in Sun Devil Stadium on December 22, 1990 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Eagles won 23-21.

    (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    Playing on the same team as Reggie White can make it hard to get noticed as a pass rusher. And while Clyde was not as great as Reggie, few are, he is still a borderline Hall of Famer. Clyde is currently 3rd on the Eagles All-Time Sack list, behind Reggie White and Trent Cole. Brandon Graham has a chance to pass him with 4 more sacks, but no other active player is even close. He is 31st on the All-Time Sack list with 121.5. Ahead of JJ Watt and Aaron Donald.

  • DT- Mike Patterson

    SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 02:  Mike Patterson #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after winning the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 2, 2008 in Seattle, Washington.

    (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

    Being A DT who is not a pass rusher tends to get you a bit overlooked. But every team needs a run stuffing DT. Patterson fit that role for 8 years with the Eagles. While he did not rack up a lot sacks, he still found ways to be disruptive, slow down the run, and help other guys pile up stats.

  • DT- Andy Harmon

    29 Nov 1992:  Defensive lineman Andy Harmon of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won the game, 20-14.

    Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule Jr. /Allsport

    Like Clyde, Harmon gets overshadowed by what Reggie White was doing. But 39.5 sacks in 4 seasons as a starter is fantastic. Especially for a Defensive tackle. That isn’t even taking into account how great he was against the run.

  • DE- Mike Mamula

    10 Nov 1996:  Linebacker Mike Mamula of the Philadelphia Eagles runs down the field during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Bills won the game 24-17

    . Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport

    Yes I know. He was not a good draft pick. Mamula never lived up to his draft status, especially considering Warren Sapp went after him. But Mamula was still a decent player. 31.5 sacks in 5 seasons is not bad. People call him a bust because of where he was picked. But he was still a decent player and not worthy of the hate he gets. People put him among the worst busts in Eagles history. But there are waaaay worse busts. Look no further than Danny Watkins to see what a real bust looks like.

  • LB- TJ Edwards

    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 20: T.J. Edwards #57 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

    I think we are all learning this year how underrated TJ Edwards is. He was no star, but the downgrade from him to what they have this year is clear. He was solid in coverage, a good tackler, and always seemed to be in the right place. Linebacker has been a big issue for them this year, but it never was with TJ Edwards on the field. I myself am guilty of overlooking his loss and saying it wouldn’t be a big deal.

  • LB- William Thomas

    29 Oct 1995: Linebacker William Thomas of the Philadelphia Eagles tries to break away from guard Bern Brostek and tight end Jessie Hester of the St. Louis Rams during a game at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won the game 20-9.

    (Photo By: Ken White / Stringer)

    There are only two linebackers in NFL history with 25 interceptions and 35 sacks. Ray Lewis, and William Thomas. Thomas never gets talked about here. But he played Linebacker for the Eagles for 9 years and put up great production for a LB in almost every one of them. There were so many great players on that early 90s defense that Thomas gets overlooked. But he was a genuinely great player.

  • CB- Sheldon Brown

    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 13:  Sheldon Brown #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles breaks up a pass intended for Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFC divisional playoff game at the Superdome on January 13, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    We were spoiled with Secondary talent in the Jim Johnson era. Brian Dawkins at Safety, Lito Sheppard at corner. Sheldon Brown almost gets over looked. But in terms of being a shutdown corner, Brown may have been better than Lito. And of course who could forget the big hit he put on Reggie Bush.

  • CB- Eric Allen

    SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 2:  Cornerback Eric Allen #21 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 2, 1994 in San Francisco, California.  The Eagles won 40-8.

    (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

    Okay, Eagles fans don’t underrate Allen. But I put him here for one reason, because he is somehow not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is 21st all time in interceptions, more than Deion Sanders and Champ Bailey. Allen was a force, and part of one of the best defenses ever. He 100% deserves a spot in the Hall of Fame. And until he is in there, he is underrated and eligible for this list.

  • CB- Bobby Taylor

    PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 1:  Cornerback Bobby Taylor #21 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs an interception back 23 yards for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams in the first quarter of the NFL game on December 1, 2002 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Eagles defeated the Rams 10-3.

    (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    Like Sheldon Brown, Bobby Taylor gets overshadowed by who he played with. He also had Brian Dawkins at Safety, and then he had Troy Vincent across the field at the other CB spot. You could argue that 2002 CB tandem of Vincent and Taylor was better than Lito and Brown. Both are great. Taylor had 19 interceptions in 109 games for the Eagles.

  • S-Quintin Mikell

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Quintin Mikell #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field during player introductions against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

    Like with Clyde Simmons, Mikkel was overshadowed by Brian Dawkins. No one is going to notice the other Safety when one of the best of all time is lined up next to you. He spent two years playing alongside Dawkins before Joe Banner let one of the best players in franchise history leave for no reason. And he was as solid as they come in that role, and continued to play at a high level even after Dawkins was allowed to leave.

  • S- Rodney McLeod

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 21: Rodney McLeod #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on November 21, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    Malcolm Jenkins gets all the attention as the Safety on that Super Bowl team, But McLeod was very good as well. 11 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles is solid production And outside of making those plays, he quietly was very reliable in coverage, holding opposing QBs to a QB Rating under 60 in multiple seasons during his time here.

  • K- Cody Parkey

    Cody Parkey is not on this list just because of what he did with the Eagles. Though he was great his rookie year, and set a record for most points scored by a rookie. But then he was bad his 2nd year and got replaced. Why I put him on the list is for what he did against the Eagles. The double-doink FG. Thank you Cody.

  • P- Jeff Feagles

    Almost every good punter is under rated, because no one ever gives punters much credit. But in terms of just not getting enough credit for being a good punter, I went with Jeff Feagles. Feagles could boot the ball. He punted a ball 77 yards once. But he also had finesse, pinning teams behind the 20 32.4% of the time with the Eagles. Oh, and like Parkey, he was also part of a play that benefited the Eagles when he was on a different team. Thank you for punting it to Brian Westbrook Jeff.

    2003 Eagles on Twitter: "Jeff Feagles is punting it away to @36westbrook & OMGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Eagles pull out a miracle win !!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/zFN1WcMGW8 / Twitter"

    Jeff Feagles is punting it away to @36westbrook & OMGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Eagles pull out a miracle win !!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/zFN1WcMGW8

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