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Countdown To The Draft: 41 Days


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…


The Eagles returned 41 punts as a teams in 2014, and thanks to the addition of Darren Sproles, they made the most of those opportunities.

Sproles led the NFL with 506 punt return yards, 101 yards better than any other NFL player. Sproles returned two punts for touchdowns, and was rewarded for his efforts after the season with a Pro-Bowl selection as the NFC's return specialist.


First Eagle To Wear 41:G Ted Schmitt (1938-40)

Current Eagle To Wear 41:TE Emil Igwenagu (2012-13)

RB Keith Byars (1986-1992)

Keith Byars played just about every offensive skill position for the Eagles during the late 80s and early 90s. Drafted as a running back, some early injury problems forced the Eagles to use Byars a little bit more creatively than originally planned. Byars would play running back, fullback, slot receiver, outside receiver and even tight end over the course of his seven-year stay with the Eagles.

When he left the Eagles following the 1992 season, Byars ranked fourth on the Eagles' all-time receivers list. Currently, he stands 13th on the Eagles' all-time rushing list with 2,391 rushing yards. He ended his career in the AFC East, spending time with Miami, New England and New York. Byars retired after the 1998 season, ending his 13-year career in the NFL.

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