The Philadelphia Eagles are saddened to learn that Eagles Legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald passed away this morning at the age of 84.
“Tommy McDonald played the game with a passion and energy that was second to none,” said Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie. “He will be remembered as one of the most exciting players ever to play his position, but what really separated him and made him so unique was the infectious personality and charisma that he brought to his everyday life. He had a genuine love for this team, for the Philadelphia community, for the fans, and of course his family. He was a man of character, both on and off the field, who exemplified all the qualities that we hope to represent as an organization. He was a champion, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, and one of the most genuine individuals I have ever met. On behalf of the Philadelphia Eagles, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the entire McDonald family.”
A six-time Pro Bowl selection and key contributor on the 1960 NFL Championship team, McDonald spent his first seven seasons in Philadelphia (1957-63) where he went on to record 287 receptions, 5,499 receiving yards, and 66 touchdowns. He finished his 12-year NFL career with 8,410 receiving yards on 495 catches and 84 touchdowns.
McDonald still holds the franchise record for most receiving yards in a single game (237 vs. Giants on December 10, 1961) and is tied for second for most receiving touchdowns in a single season (13 in both 1960 and 1961).
The standout wide receiver was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.
Tommy McDonald: An Eagles Legend
Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Tommy McDonald passed away Monday at the age of 84. Here are some photos from his illustrious career.