Recognized as the greatest kicker in franchise history, David Akers will be inducted into the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame on October 23, when the team hosts the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie made the announcement at tonight's Taking Flight for Autism fundraiser at Lincoln Financial Field.
"David Akers embodies everything we look for in a player both on and off the field," Lurie said. "He was talented, reliable, tough, and of course clutch. He played a major role in the success of this franchise during his time here, but he also loved this city and our fans and he made a tremendous impact in the community. We are proud to enshrine him alongside the greatest figures in Eagles history."
Akers, who is the Eagles' all-time leader in regular-season (188) and postseason games played (19), spent 12 seasons (1999-2010) in Philadelphia, where he was a part of nine playoff appearances, six division titles, and a trip to Super Bowl XXXIX. Akers earned five Pro Bowl nods, which are the most by any kicker in Eagles history. He also established regular-season and postseason team records in points (1,323; 134) and field goals made (294; 31).
During his time in Philadelphia, Akers ranked second in the NFL in points (Ryan Longwell – 1,335) and field goals made (Matt Stover – 297). Additionally, Akers produced the second-most points (Adam Vinatieri – 157) and field goals made (Vinatieri – 39) in the playoffs during that span. His recognition as one of the league's best kickers earned him a spot on the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
Akers was also very active with his community endeavors, including the establishment of the David Akers Kicks for Kids Foundation to assist families with unexpected emergency needs such as medical supplies, meals, clothing, utilities, and more.
A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Akers was a four-year letterman at the University of Louisville, where he ranks second on the Cardinals' all-time scoring list with 219 points.
The Eagles are proud to announce kicker David Akers as the 2017 Eagles Hall of Fame inductee. Take a look back at his historic career.