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Offseason Program Countdown: 30 Days

Posted Mar 22, 2014

Believe it or not, the beginning of the 2014 season is rapidly approaching. Players will report back to the NovaCare Complex on April 21 for the start of the Eagles offseason program. Join us as we count down until the Eagles are back in town ...

In 2013, the Eagles faced either third-and-one or fourth-and-one 30 times. In those situations, the Eagles ran the ball 29 times, which was by far the highest percentage in the NFL. They were also fairly successful in those instances, converting them for a first down 63 percent of the time.

First Eagle To Wear No. 30: E Nip Felber (1933)
Most Recent Eagle To Wear No. 30: S Colt Anderson (2010-13) (*Note that Anderson is currently an unrestricted free agent.)


When the Eagles won back-to-back championships in 1948 and '49, Steve Van Buren was the Eagles' biggest threat out of the backfield. But if Van Buren was the thunder, Bosh Pritchard was the lightning. Standing at 5-foot-11, 164 pounds, Pritchard provided a speedy alternative to the 6-foot, 200-pound Van Buren as the pair made for a lethal combination out of the Eagles backfield. In those two championship seasons, Pritchard ran for a total of 1,023 yards and 13 touchdowns, including a 77-yard scamper that stood as the longest run from scrimmage for 30 years.

Also a standout kick returner, Pritchard played for the Eagles from 1942 until 1951, when he was traded to the New York Giants. He was not a very big player, but he was able to make a name for himself as one of the most versatile and elusive players of his time. In other words, Pritchard was the Darren Sproles of his generation.

Other Notable 30s: KR Brian Mitchell (2000-02)

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