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In 2013, the Eagles scored 32 passing touchdowns. While the fast-paced offense was mainly a run-first attack, the 32 aerial strikes were tied for the fifth most in the NFL. DeSean Jackson led all Eagles receivers with nine scores. Riley Cooper was the runner-up with eight and Brent Celek finished third with six touchdown receptions. Interestingly enough, Celek caught a total of 32 passes on the season.
First Eagle To Wear 32: E Nip Felber (1933)
Current Eagle To Wear 32: RB Chris Polk (2012-present)
After three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Ricky Watters signed a three-year deal with the Eagles in 1995. An athletic running back while at Notre Dame, Watters played three highly productive seasons with the 49ers (earning Pro Bowl honors all three years), yet he still found a way to increase his production with the Eagles.
Right away, Watters became a workhorse for the team, carrying the ball 337 times for 1,273 yards in 1995. The next season, Watters shouldered even more of the load, carrying the ball a franchise-record 353 times for 1,411 yards, which at the time was the second-best rushing season in Eagles history (now ranks third). Watters earned trips to the Pro Bowl after each of those seasons, making him a Pro Bowl choice in each of his first five NFL seasons.
In 1997, Watters' numbers dipped slightly, though he still managed to run for 1,110 yards. The Eagles finished the season 6-9-1, and Watters went on to sign with the Seattle Seahawks as a free agent. He spent just three seasons in Philadelphia, but his 3,794 yards places him seventh on the franchise rushing list.