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First Eagle to wear 19: B Roger "Red" Kirkman (1933-35)
Most recent Eagle to wear 19 : WR Greg Salas (2012)
K Tom Dempsey (1971-1974)
In 1970, Tom Dempsey, then a member of the New Orleans Saints, kicked a 63-yard field goal as time expired to defeat the Detroit Lions. That kick ranked first (or tied for first) on the list of longest field goals in NFL history for 43 years until Denver’s Matt Prater connected on a 64-yarder in the high altitude in 2013. What makes Dempsey’s kick even more astonishing is that the kicker was born without toes on his right foot.
Dempsey and his specially designed right cleat joined the Eagles mid-way through the 1971 campaign, hitting on 12 of his 17 field goal attempts. In 1972, Dempsey hit a franchise record six field goals in an 18-17 win over Houston. Dempsey set another Eagles record that year as well, hitting 20 field goals on the season.
In total, Dempsey played four seasons in Philadelphia after his first two NFL seasons with the Saints. After his time as an Eagle, Dempsey went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills. Despite being born with a condition that would deter most people from becoming a professional kicker, the Palomar College product played 11 seasons in the NFL, earning All-Pro and Pro-Bowl honors in 1969.