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Countdown To The Draft: 66 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 …


In 2014, running back LeSean McCoy became the most prolific rusher in Eagles history, breaking Wilbert Montgomery's record of 6,538 yards. But McCoy's longest career run came way before he was the franchise's leading rusher.

In fact, his longest run - a 66-yard touchdown - came in his first year as an Eagle. Back on November 1, 2009, McCoy and the Eagles were facing the New York Giants in a Week 8 matchup. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Eagles held a comfortable 33-17 lead, but the game wasn't over just yet. After a six-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin to start the quarter, McCoy took a handoff from on his own 34 yard, darted past defenders up the middle, and sprinted the rest of the way to paydirt at Lincoln Financial Field. The Birds went on to win, 40-17, for the team's first back-to-back wins of the year. McCoy finished the game with 82 yards on 11 carries, and the longest rush of his career.


First Eagle To Wear No. 66: G John Wyhonic (1946-47)

Current Eagle Wearing No. 66: OL Andrew Gardner (2014-present)

LB Bill Bergey (1969-1980)



After five years with the Cincinnati Bengals and a voided World Football League contract, Bill Bergey joined the Eagles in 1974. It would prove to be one of the most notable acquisitions in team history, as Bergey played seven prolific years at linebacker as an anchor of the Eagles defense of the late 1970s.

In his first season as an Eagle, Bergey notched his second career Pro Bowl nod and his first All-Pro selection, piling up five interceptions and a fumble recovery. The very next year Bergey was voted All-Pro once again, thanks in large part to his league-high six fumble recoveries.

Bergey was a turnover vacuum; in his seven years with the Birds, the sturdy linebacker recovered 15 fumbles and intercepted 18 passes, and he finished his 12-year career with 48 combined interceptions and fumble recoveries. He was voted to the Pro Bowl three more times, from 1976 to 1978, as he racked up eight interceptions and six fumble recoveries.

In 1980, Bergey played a big role in the Eagles' first-ever trip to the Super Bowl in what would prove to be his final year with the team. He retired after the loss to the Oakland Raiders. Bergey was inducted into the Eagles Roll of Honor in 1988.

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