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Eagles Saddened To Announce Passing Of Iman

The Philadelphia Eagles are saddened to announce that former assistant coach and sales executive Ken Iman passed away at his home in Springfield, Pa., on Saturday at the age of 71.

Iman played 15 seasons in the National Football League as a center with the Green Bay Packers (1960-64) and the Los Angeles Rams (1965-1974). He played in three consecutive NFL championship games with the Packers from 1960-62, winning the latter two of those games. Iman, who started 140 straight games from 1965-1974, was voted team MVP by the Rams in 1972. He was traded to from the Packers to the Rams in 1964 for quarterback Zeke Bratkowski, who later became offensive coordinator of the Eagles.

Iman was an offensive line coach with the Eagles from 1976-86 under head coaches Dick Vermeil, Marion Campbell and Buddy Ryan. During his time with the Eagles, he was instrumental in the development of two Pro Bowl tackles in Jerry Sisemore and Stan Walters. He was an assistant coach on the 1980 NFC championship squad. Following his coaching career, Iman served as an Eagles sales account executive for 10 years.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri and a 1960 graduate of Southeast Missouri State, Iman is survived by his wife, Joyce, an accountant with the Eagles. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Also passing over the weekend was former wide receivers coach Lew Carpenter, who was with the Eagles from 1990-94. He died on Sunday morning, in Texas, at the age of 78. Carpenter had a 10-year career as a running back in the NFL, with Detroit (1953-55), Cleveland (1957-58) and Green Bay (1959-63). He played on the 1953 NFL title team with the Lions as well as the two Packers title teams. He was third in the league in 1955 with 44 receptions. For his career, he played in 123 games, rushing 468 times for 2,025 yards and 16 touchdowns. He caught 87 passes for 782 yards and four TDs.

After he playing career, he began a 30-year career as an assistant coach with eight teams, retiring in 1994.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:40 p.m., November 14

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