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Countdown To The Draft: 19 Days

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The clock is ticking, Eagles fans.

On April 30th, the NFL Draft will kick off from Chicago, as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces the latest class of NFL talent. To make sure that you're all set for when the Eagles are on the clock for the first time, we're counting down each day with look at each number from 100-1 and the significance that the number holds in Eagles history.

Without further ado, let's continue the countdown…

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Here's a franchise mark that the Eagles will never look to top.

In a 1988 game against the Houston Oilers, the Eagles committed 19 penalties. The Eagles averaged 7.2 penalties per game in 2014, a slight increase from their 2013 average of 5.8 penalties per game.

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First Eagle to wear 19: B Roger "Red" Kirkman (1933-35)

Most recent Eagle to wear No. 19: WR Miles Austin (2015- present)

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.

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.

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