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David Akers Signs Ceremonial Contract To Retire An Eagle


The Eagles will induct former placekicker David Akers into the team's Hall of Fame at halftime of Monday night's game against the Redskins.

In his 12 seasons as an Eagle, Akers played in a club-record 188 games and stands as the franchise's all-time scoring leader with 1,323 points. Akers was a spectacle kicking the ball, connecting on 294 field goals and 441 extra points.

Prior to the game, Akers joined Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie to sign a ceremonial contract to retire as an Eagle.

"The Eagles gave me my first opportunity. I played three contracts out through the Eagles. Mr. Lurie and (former head coach) Andy Reid were there through the whole thing. For me it was kind of like coming back home to a place where the fans were just absolutely amazing to me and they supported me on and off the field," said Akers, the first kicker in the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame.

"I've had two kids born right across the river in Jersey. This has been home. Even though I was able to cheer for the Eagles from afar, to be back here today on the field for the first time not wearing another team's jersey and being in support of the Eagles is really something special to myself and my family."

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins 34-24 on Monday Night Football.

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