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Countdown To The Draft: 40 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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Darren Sproles has been featured before on this countdown. In fact, he's been featured a lot, but that's because he put up a wide variety of impressive numbers last season.

In this edition of our Countdown To The Draft, Sproles is featured for his work as a receiver. In his first season with the Eagles, Sproles hauled in 40 passes, good for 387 yards. Interestingly enough, Sproles had no receiving touchdowns in 2014.

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First player to wear No. 40: HB Charles Newton (1939-40)

Most recent Eagle to wear No. 40: DB Tom Brookshier (1953, 1956-61)

Quite simply, Tom Brookshier is one of the greatest Eagles' secondary players of all time. Selected in the 10th round of the 1953 NFL Draft out of Colorado, Brookshier was instantly plugged into the Eagles starting defense and he became a contributor right away, intercepting eight passes in his rookie season.

Brookshier served in the Air Force, missing the entire 1954 and 1955 seasons. After arriving back in Philadelphia, Brookshier rejoined the Eagles in 1956. The two best seasons of his career would come in 1959 and the Eagles championship-winning season of 1960, as he earned first-team All-Pro honors both years.

Brookshier retired after the 1961 season and eventually became part of the CBS NFL broadcasting team. He was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1989, and his No. 40 is one of nine jersey numbers that have been retired by the team.

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