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First Eagle to Wear 25: E Leonard Gudd (1934)
Current Eagle to Wear 25: RB LeSean McCoy (2009-present)
A native of tiny Roy, New Mexico (estimated population of 304 according to 2000 U.S. Census), wide receiver Tommy McDonald was a third-round pick of the Eagles (31st overall) in the 1957 NFL Draft following a standout career at the University of Oklahoma (he was a two-time All-America selection and won the Maxwell Award), where his Sooners never lost a game during his time in Norman. Originally selected as a running back, the durable, sure-handed, athletic, shifty and fast 5-foot-9, 176-pound McDonald would go on to become one of the greatest flankers of his generation.
McDonald played seven seasons for the Eagles (1957-63), helping the team to the NFL Championship in 1960 by hauling in a second-quarter 35-yard touchdown reception against the Green Bay Packers. He also recorded over 1,100 yards receiving in 1961 (when he led the NFL) and 1962. McDonald made five straight Pro Bowls as an Eagle (1958-62) and ranks sixth in franchise history in receiving yards (5,499), second in receiving touchdowns (66) and first in yards per reception (19.2). He is a member of the Eagles’ 75th Anniversary Team, the Eagles Hall of Fame (1988 inductee), the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1998 inductee), the College Football Hall of Fame (1985 inductee) and Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (2005 inductee).