Former Eagles great defensive back Tom Brookshier passed away on Friday night at the age of 78 and the organization sends out its condolences to Mr. Brookshier's family and friends.
A cornerback with the Eagles in 1953, Mr. Brookshier made an immediate impact with 8 interceptions that season -- a team record that he still holds with Bibbles Bawel (1952) -- beginning a career with the Eagles in which he went on to become one of the best players in franchise history. Mr. Brookshier played with the Eagles until 1961 and then suffered a compound fracture in his leg, ending his playing career. In all, Mr. Brookshier -- who left the team after his rookie season to join the Air Force -- played for the Eagles for seven seasons and recorded 20 interceptions and had 8 fumble recoveries. He was twice named to the league's All-Pro Team, including the 1960 season when the Eagles won the NFL Championship.
The Eagles retired his jersey number 40 -- one of only seven jersey numbers retired in Eagles history -- and Mr. Brookshier was inducted into the team's Honor Roll in 1989.
Mr. Brookshier, who resided in suburban Philadelphia for the remainder of his life, then went on to have a long career in the media. He began in radio with WCAU-AM in Philadelphia and then became the color analyst for CBS during the NFL's broadcast games. He also worked in Philadelphia helping to form a sports-radio niche in the market, establishing 610 WIP as the leader in the radio medium.
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 11:26 a.m., January 30