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Off The Beat: The All-Time Most Colorful Eagles Team

It's been a very colorful couple of weeks for the Eagles. Last week, the team acquired wide receiver Golden Tate, an undoubtedly talented piece to add to the offense. Then, on Wednesday, the team announced they'll be wearing their all-black uniforms on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

With such vibrant stories taking place this week, it felt as good a time as ever to look at the Eagles' All-Time Most Colorful team.

So I dug through the archives to find the players who fit the bill. Granted, I did color outside the lines a bit to fill all the spots but bear with me. Some of these players only appeared either on a practice squad or in Training Camp, but most of them suited up and played for the Eagles in a regular-season game. The players are listed in order as they would appear on my depth chart.

Head Coach

Andy Reid (1999-2012)

Big Red is the only real answer here. Doug Pederson is known for his silver locks, but no nickname has officially been given. Reid led the Eagles to 140 regular-season wins during his tenure, along with five NFC Championship Game appearances and a spot in Super Bowl XXXIX.

Quarterback

QB Rodney Peete* (1995-98)

QB Ben Brown (1990)

Ben Brown, a quarterback out of Tennessee, was on the Eagles' practice squad in 1990. Admittedly, there weren't a ton of options here. Rodney Peete is a bit of a stretch (peat is a shade of grayish yellow), and Carson Wentz is known for his reddish hair, but Brown is an actual color, so I can't pass on Ben here. You'll see that his last name is very popular on this list.

Running Back

RB Timmy Brown (1960-67)

RB Bryce Brown (2012-13)

RB Ronnie Brown (2011)

Timmy Brown is an all-time Eagles great. He could do it all as a runner, a receiver, and a returner. Brown's 62 touchdowns are the sixth most in franchise history. Brown played in the 1960s, but his style of play would have translated nicely to modern NFL offenses.

Ronnie Brown and Bryce Brown provide some nice depth in the backfield. Bryce was an explosive back who backed up LeSean McCoy. Ronnie, a former second overall pick, played just one season for the Eagles in 2011, and while he didn't make much of an impact, his bruising style would be an asset to this backfield.

Wide Receiver

WR Golden Tate (2018-present)

WR Reggie Brown (2005-09)

WR Na Brown (1999-2001)

WR Todd Pinkston (2000-04)

WR Dorial Green-Beckham (2016)

Tate has yet to play a game for the Eagles, but he's undoubtedly the leader of this receiving group. He's racked up 6,936 career receiving yards and is one of the most explosive playmakers in the open field that the game has to offer. Reggie Brown provides a solid second option.

Tight End

TE Billy Brown (Practice squad, 2017-present)

TE Anthony Denham (Practice squad, 2016-17; 2018 preseason)

Admittedly, Denham is a bit of a stretch here, since his name isn't exactly a color, but it's close enough. Both he and Brown have only appeared on the practice squad, and both have shown flashes in preseason games.

Offensive Line

LT Bob Brown (1964-68)

RT Donnie Green (1977)

RG Michael Black (1970)

LG John Green (1947-51)

C Darrell Greene (Practice squad, 2016-17)

The offensive line group doesn't have a whole lot of depth, but it does have an anchor at left tackle in Bob Brown. By all accounts, Bob Brown was one of the meanest, most dominant offensive linemen ever to play. Having a Hall of Famer at left tackle certainly helps this group.

Defensive Line

DE Reggie White (1985-92)

DT Jerome Brown (1987-91)

DT Brandon Whiting (1998-03)

DE Ivory McCoy (Practice squad, 2002)

I don't think there's much to say about Reggie White and Jerome Brown that hasn't already been said. They're the two most dominant defensive linemen in team history, and White stands in the pantheon of the greatest pass rushers in NFL history. They'd be the centerpieces of a monstrous defensive line, just as they were for the Eagles from 1987-91.

Linebackers

LB David Brown (1987)

LB Fred Brown (1967-69)

LB Don Cherry (Practice squad, 2016-17)

Fred Brown is the only member of this linebacker group who played more than one season for the Eagles. He appeared in 26 games for the Eagles from 1967-69, intercepting two passes in 1967.

Secondary

CB Sheldon Brown (2002-09)

CB Cedric Brown (1987)

CB Deauntae Brown (1997)

S Mitchell White (Training Camp, 2017)

S Je'Rod Cherry (2000)

Along with the linebackers, the secondary is pretty thin on the Most Colorful Eagles team. Sheldon Brown leads the pack, as he was a key piece of the Eagles' secondary in the mid-2000s, playing opposite of Lito Sheppard in Jim Johnson's defense. Brown played eight years for the Eagles, and he never missed a single game during that span. He intercepted 19 passes with the Eagles and ran three of them back for touchdowns.

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