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NFL Network: Van Buren Best Eagle Of All Time

NFL Network recently ranked the top 10 Eagles of all time, and although there will surely be debate about some omissions and the order of the players, there's no doubt that the list includes some true Eagles greats.

10. Randall Cunningham, QB – The electrifying four-time Pro Bowler (three with the Eagles) was one of the first true dual-threat quarterbacks, as he stands fourth on the Eagles' all-time rushing list.

9. Bob ""Boomer"" Brown, T – Brown was named to the NFL's all-decade team for the 1960s and was rewarded for his dominant presence on the Eagles O-line when he was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

8. Harold Carmichael, WR – The receiver against whom all Eagles receivers are ultimately compared, Carmichael was a force when the ball was in the air and is the Eagles' career leader in all major receiving categories.

7. Tommy McDonald, FL – McDonald spent seven seasons with the Eagles in the beginning of his career, and was voted to the Pro Bowl in each of his last four seasons with the team. He helped lead the Eagles to the 1960 NFL Championship, and was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

6. Brian Dawkins, S – The face of the Eagles defense for the last decade, the punishing safety is a seven-time Pro Bowler and is tied for the Eagles' all-time lead in interceptions.

5. Pete Pihos, E – Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970, the two-way star led the Eagles to back-to-back NFL Championships in 1948 and 1949. Pihos was named first-team All-Pro as both a receiver and a defensive end during his illustrious career.

4. Donovan McNabb, QB – A five-time Pro Bowler, McNabb has led the Eagles to the NFC Championship game in five of his ten seasons under center. Before all is said and done, he may climb even further on this list.

3. Reggie White, DE – Some may have expected to see the man considered by many to be the greatest defensive end of all time to be even higher on the list, but White's credentials speak for themselves – seven straight first-team All-Pro selections as an Eagle, 13 Pro Bowls (seven with the Eagles) and the most sacks in a career and season for any Eagles player.

2. Chuck Bednarik, LB/C – Bednarik, a lifetime Eagle, was the last true two-way player in NFL history, as well as one of the most ferocious tacklers the game has ever seen. He played on the Eagles' championship teams in 1949 and 1960, was an All-Pro selection 10 times and was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1967.

1. Steve Van Buren, HB – The preeminent Halfback of his era, Van Buren led the league in rushing four times, and was the first player to ever lead the league in rushing for three consecutive seasons. Van Buren scored the only touchdown in the Eagles' 1948 Championship game, and followed that up the next year by rushing for a league-record 196 yards in the Eagles' championship victory.

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 9:55 a.m., July 21

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