Sadly it seems way to normal to watch our former players or coaches leave Philadelphia and win a championship with another team. Many watch the Super Bowl excited to see two great teams and also see some hilarious commercials. But to many Philadidelphians, the Super Bowl is just a reminder that it our team won't be winning a championship and we will have to wait at least one more year for another parade down Broad Street. I'll take a look at all the former Eagles who will be playing in the big game next Sunday.
San Fransciso 49ers
Kicker David Akers
Akers was a cornerstone member of the Andy Reid Eagles. He was a consistent force and one of the most relibile kickers in the NFL in his 12 year run with the Birds. While a member of the Eagles, he made 5 Pro Bowls and was a 5 time All-Pro. He was named to the 2000 NFL All Decade team and to the Eagles 75th Anniversary team. David was a great kicker but also a class act off the field. In the 14 years I've been going to see the Eagles at Traning Camp, I can't think of another player who signed autographs as long as he did. He was almost always one of the last players to leave the field. Akers signed with the 49ers after the 2010 season.
WR Chad Hall
It seems funny naming a guy like Chad Hall after talking about a player like Akers, but Hall is a member of the 49ers and did spend some time with the Eagles. He did have a great story when the Eagles signed him as a undrafted Free Agent in 2010. Hall was a 2nd Lietenent in the Untied States Air Force from 2008-2009.In 2 seaons with the Eagles, he played in 15 games, had 14 receptions for 135 yards and added 2 reciveing TD's. Hall was signed to the 49ers Practice Squad in November and was promoted to the active roster before Sunday's game against Atlanta.
Head Coach John Harbaugh
John joined the Eagles in 1998 as Ray Rhodes Speical Team's Coordinator After Andy Reid was hired prior to the 1999 seaosn, Harbaugh was one of the coaches that Andy decieded to retain. The fiery Harbaugh spent the next 8 seasons at the postion with team. Harbaugh had some great coverage units led by LB Ike Reece and tutored great returners like Brian Westbrook. In 2007 Andy Reid decieded to promote Harbaugh to Defensive Backs Coach to give him a better chance at getting a head coaching job. This worked like a charm, as he was hired in the following offseason as the Ravens Head Coach. The Eagles Special Team's were also a steady force behind the sucess of the Eagles and they have struggled in this area ever since he left.
Guard Bobbie Williams
It seems like decades ago that Williams was a member Eagles. I honestly didn't even know he was in football, let a lone a member of the Ravens until I looked over their roster. I feel old but I remember when he was drafted. The Eagles selected the Arkanas guard with the 61st pick in the 2000 NFL draft. After spending most of his first 3 seasons as a backup, Williams made 11 starts while filling in at left guard for injured Jermane Mayberry. The following season he signed a FA deal to be a starter for the Cincinnati Bengals. Willams has started 6 games for the Ravens this season but will likely just play special team's on Super Bowl Sunday. And for those intested, we have the same Birthday. Yea September 25th!
Saftey Sean Considine
The Eagles drafted Considine in the 4th round of the 2005 NFL draft. Unfortunaly for Sean and the Eagles, his time with the team didn't go very well. I like many Eagles fans, remember the undersized saftey get ran over time after time while trying to make a tackle. He started a handful of games for the Eagles in his 4 years with the team, had 2 interceptions and 8 passes defended. After spending time with the Jaguars Panthers and Cardinals, Considine was signed by the Ravens prior to the 2012 season. He hasn't started a game with the Ravens but has played in all 19 of their games this season. Last week, he registered 3 tackles against the Patriots.
Local Star QB Joe Flacco
I know Flacco never played for the Eagles but he is the Ravens starting QB and is a local kid. Flacco went to High school in Audobon, New Jersey (Camden County). After orginally playing for the University of Pittsburgh, he transfered to the University of Delaware.
So when you sit down next Sunday to watch the Super Bowl, you will have a better idea of what former Eagles you might see. I will be rooting of the 49ers for 2 reasons. The 1st reason is to root for David Akers, it will be bitter sweet to see him get a ring with another team, but I can't think of a guy who dersrves it more. And the 2nd reason is to root for the younger brother in the battle of the brothers (Jim is 15 months younger). Being a the younger brother, I know how great it is to be beat my older brother in anything. So hopefully Jim will get one of all the younger brothers out there!