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DeMeco Ryans is a leader in every sense of the word, but did you know that not only was he the Eagles' leading tackler on the season (177 total), but that he also had the most tackles for any single game by an Eagle in 2013? Against the San Diego Chargers in Week 2, Ryans made an incredible 18 total tackles, and that's saying a lot for a two-time Pro- Bowl selection and the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006.
First Eagle to wear 18: QB Porter Lainhart (1933)
Eagle currently wearing 18: Jeremy Maclin (2009-present)
Other Notable 18s: QB Roman Gabriel (1973-77)
FL Ben Hawkins (1966-73)
Drafted in the third round of the 1966 NFL Draft, Ben Hawkins' first season in Philadelphia did not go the way that he or the team had hoped it would. The Arizona State product caught just 14 passes while struggling with dropping problems and fumbles. But in 1967, he turned his career around in a big way. The 6-foot-1 receiver from Newark, NJ caught 59 passes for a league-leading 1,265 yards. His 10 touchdown receptions also ranked him third in the league in that category.
Known for playing with his chinstrap hanging down, Hawkins went on to have a very nice eight-year career with the Eagles. His 4,764 receiving yards rank 17th on the Eagles' all-time career list, and his 1,265 yards in 1967 represent the fourth-highest single-season total in team history. He is also tied for eighth on the Eagles' all-time touchdown receptions list with 32.
Hawkins is perhaps best remembered for his four-touchdown day against the Pittsburgh Steelers in September of 1969. Only one other player in Eagles history (Irving Fryar) has been able to match that accomplishment.