It was announced this week Jeremiah Trotter and Merrill Reese are to be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame.
On Tuesday at the Taking Flight for Autism event at Lincoln Financial Field, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie announced that Jeremiah Trotter and Merrill Reese are to be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame. The ceremony is taking place on November 28 when the Birds play the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.
For Trotter, it is an honor well-deserved after spending eight season in an Eagles uniform during a very successful 11-year career. And for Reese, being inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame is something that should have been done years ago.
Trotter, better known as the “Axe Man” to legions of Eagles fans, was the heart and soul of the dominant Eagles defenses from the early 2000s. He, along with Brian Dawkins, was the engine that helped the Eagles win three NFC East titles, make five playoff appearances and earn a trip to Super Bowl XXXIX.
A list of Trotter’s accomplishments could go on forever, but here is a small sampling of what he did during his career:
- 1,065 tackles
- 35 passes defensed
- 12.5 sacks
- 8 forced fumbles
- 8 interceptions
- 3 fumble recoveries
- 127 career regular season and postseason games (106 starts)
- 2 All-Pro selections
- 4 Pro Bowl selections
Lurie had this to say about Trotter and what he means to the Eagles franchise.
“Jeremiah Trotter embodies everything we strive for as an organization. He was an emotional and inspirational player who captured the hearts of our fans. As an anchor of our defense, he led with an immeasurable amount of toughness and a fiery attitude.”
The fact it has taken this long for the Eagles to finally name Merrill Reese to their Hall of Fame should be looked at as an embarrassment.
For four decades generations of Eagles fans have listened to Reese do the play-by-play for the team. For every thrilling win and heartbreaking loss, Reese has been there. During the good, the bad and the downright ugly, Reese has been there.
When Eagles fans relive the greatest moments in Eagles history in their minds, Reese’s in the voice they hear.
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It is well known Philly tradition that when you watch the Eagles play on television, you put the TV on mute and turn up the radio, because no one can bring the game to life like the Voice of the Eagles. Only maybe Harry Kalas was more a part of sports in this city than Merrill Reese. And if that’s the case, it wasn’t by much.
Both Trotter and Reese have more than earned this honor and it will be a pleasure to watch as they receive the accolades they so richly deserve.