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In Week 16 of the 2013 season, the Eagles hosted the Chicago Bears as both teams continued their late-season pushes for the NFL playoffs. In their regular-season home finale, the Eagles throttled the Bears 54-11, which is the only time in NFL history that a game has finished with that exact score, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Interestingly enough, Brandon Boykin also had a pick-six in the fourth quarter of that game, stepping in front of a Jay Cutler pass and returning it 54 yards for one of many Eagles touchdowns. It wasn't Boykin's longest return of the season (76-yarder against Green Bay) or his most clutch takeaway (NFC East-clinching interception vs. Dallas), but it was the only scoring play of the season for the Boy King.
First player to wear 54: G Jerry Huth (1959-1960)
Current Eagle wearing 54: LB Jake Knott (2013-present)
LB Jeremiah Trotter (1998-2001, 2004- 2006, 2009)
Over time, athletes can become linked to their celebrations. There are a few notable examples in Eagles history: Vai Sikahema will forever be remembered for sparring with the Giants goalpost in 1992; Trent Cole has been known to pull out the bow and arrow after a big sack; and of course, Koy Detmer brought out the whip after a big touchdown. But perhaps the most recognizable celebration in Eagles history was the one that caused its creator to forever be known as the Axe man.
Growing up, Jeremiah Trotter spent hours and hours chopping firewood with his father, and when the linebacker out Stephen F. Austin (not known for being a football powerhouse) made his way to the NFL, he made sure to find a way to honor his father while he was on the field.
Drafted in the third round of the 1998 draft by the Eagles, Trotter became a full-time starter in his second season and was a Pro-Bowl selection in 2000 and 2001. From 1999-2001, he lead the Eagles in tackles, but before the start of the 2002 season, Trotter, then a free agent, signed a lucrative contract with Washington. Before the 2004 season began, however, Washington released Trotter as the team looked to rebuild under new head coach Joe Gibbs, allowing the Axe man to return to his familiar neck of the woods in Philadelphia Though he started the 2004 season as a special teams player, Trotter was moved back to the starting middle linebacker spot in Week 10, and he never looked back, helping the Eagles reach their first Super Bowl since 1980. Amazingly, Trotter was named to his third Pro-Bowl that season, despite not starting until Week 10, and was named to his fourth the following season.
Trotter was released prior to the 2007 season, but came back to the Eagles for a third time in 2009. In total, Trotter spent eight seasons with the Eagles, appearing in 116 games and starting 95 of them. A four-time Pro-Bowl selection, Trotter remains a figure in the Philadelphia sports realm as a radio personality.