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Eagles Mourn Brookshier's Passing

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

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