Wednesday might have been an off day, but there were many players at the NovaCare Complex hungry to get an edge with Training Camp in full swing. The Eagles are back to work with a full schedule on Thursday. Head coach Chip Kelly's press conference at 11:20 this morning can be seen live online and on our app.
Stay tuned throughout the day for complete coverage leading up to the ultimate wrap-up show, Inside Training Camp presented by Xfinity at 5 PM. Until then, here are your 5 Things To Know ...
ConcreteCharlie is forever an Eagle. The team will honor his legendary legacy with commemorative decals this season.
1. A Salute To Chuck Bednarik
Starting today and throughout the season, the Eagles will wear a No. 60 decal on the back of their helmets to pay tribute to Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Chuck Bednarik, who passed away in March.
"Concrete Charley" played in 253 games over a span of 14 years from 1949 to 1962 after being the No. 1 overall pick of the 1949 NFL Draft. Bednarik was a member of two NFL Championship teams and earned a team-record eight Pro Bowl nominations. The last 60-minute man, Bednarik played virtually every snap at center and linebacker in the 1960 NFL title game, a win over Vince Lombardi's Packers. The Bethlehem, Pennsylvania native attended Penn and served our country in World War II flying in 30 combat missions over Germany.
2. DeMarco Murray Opens Up In One-On-One Interview
Running back DeMarco Murray was profiled by ESPN's Hannah Storm for her Face to Face series which airs tonight at 7 PM. In a preview released by ESPN, Murray reflected on his last season with the Dallas Cowboys. He realized a few weeks into his brilliant 2014 campaign that he was likely not for long in Dallas.
"There was a point where I was like, 'You know what? I'm done negotiating. I just want to focus on the season. Let's see what happens when free agency starts,'" Murray said. "But I told myself that if I did get to free agency it was a high chance I wasn't returning."
Murray recalled his initial conversation with head coach Chip Kelly during free agency as "awesome." Kelly sold Murray on the Eagles' sports science program, the offensive attack and quarterback Sam Bradford. As you probably know by now, Bradford and Murray were roommates at Oklahoma.
"I think he played a huge role in getting me here," Murray said of Bradford.
Lastly, Murray discussed the expectations of himself after leading the league in yards rushing last year.
"I'm not worried about it because I have 100 percent confidence in myself and 100 percent confidence in the guys here in Philly," Murray said. "We're a run-first team, so I think I'll get as many opportunities to run the ball here as I did in Dallas. I'm excited about the future. I'm excited to be here."
The Eagles displayed new art inside the NovaCare Complex featuring four inspirational quotes on images of four iconic players ...
3. Legends Adorn The Walls Of The NovaCare Complex
On Wednesday, the Eagles placed four new images in the rotunda outside of the team's auditorium. Each image features one of the greatest players in team history along with an inspirational quote:
New Eagles Hall of Fame member running back Brian Westbrook/"There is only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything." - Vince Lombardi
Safety Brian Dawkins/"Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; The power to inspire, The power to inspire others to follow." - Anonymous
Cornerback Troy Vincent/"Football is a game of controlled anger. It is a game of retribution. It's about will. That's why the work ethic of football is so important. That's why the structure of the game is so important." - Keith Jackson, broadcaster
Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter/"The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare to win." - Anonymous
4. Rookies Should Embrace Trotter's Story
Trotter was in attendance for Tuesday's Alumni Day celebration at Lincoln Financial Field. On Wednesday morning, he joined The All-New Morning Show on 97.5 The Fanatic and told a revealing story about the 2004 season.
If you remember, Trotter spent four seasons with the Eagles before signing a free agent deal with Washington in 2002. He played just two years and was released in the summer of 2004. He re-signed with the Eagles, but was forced to work his way back up the depth chart.
Relegated to special teams, Trotter shared this emotional moment from the preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens.
"I'm on kickoffs and I'm a two-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro on special teams. You talk about a humbling situation," Trotter said. "I remember lining up on kickoffs, looking to the sideline, seeing Ray (Lewis) on the sideline and Ray looked out on the field and kind of just dropped his head. He kind of understood what I was going through. At that particular moment, I broke down crying. A lot of people didn't know, obviously I had my helmet on, and I said, 'You know what, if I got to be out here doing this, somebody got to pay.'
"I destroyed everybody in my path."
Trotter was a starter by midseason and he earned Pro Bowl honors while helping lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl. In fact, Trotter adorned the cover of Sports Illustrated after the win over the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game.
5. How Are The Rookies Doing?
In the first entry of our Rookie Diary series, linebacker Jordan Hicks delved into what has been "a great experience so far." The third-round pick has had the fortune of learning from veterans like DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso. Hicks also found out just how passionate Eagles fans truly are.
"It was only a practice on Tuesday, but there were a ton of fans," Hicks said. "We walked out here and a bunch of us rookies looked around the stadium and looked at each other like, 'Are they for real? Is this serious?' We couldn't believe it. Maybe in college you get a spring game where you get a bunch of people to come out, but this is only practice No. 3. It was pretty unbelievable. You hear a lot about Philadelphia fans ahead of time when you're coming to play here, and this already is more than what I expected."