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Seven Former Eagles Best At Their Number

SportsIllustrated.com has gone through the annals NFL history to find out the greatest players to wear each jersey number from 00-99. The all-encompassing list is sure to spark debate, but in the end, seven different players who played a significant portion of their careers with the Eagles were deemed the best all-time for their respective jersey numbers, and seven more were tabbed the runner-up.

No. 5 - Donovan McNabb, he of the five NFC Championship games, bests the likes of Paul Hornung and Morten Anderson.
No. 11 - Norm Van Brocklin, the 1960 NFL MVP and nine-time Pro Bowler, paces Phil Simms and Larry Fitzgerald.
No. 17 - The current director of player programs for the Eagles, wide receiver great Harold Carmichael tops the 17s. He finished his career with 590 catches for 8,985 yards and 79 touchdowns, but still remains among some of the bigger snubs for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
No. 23 - In somewhat of a thin field, cornerback Troy Vincent, a dominant force in the Eagles' secondary from 1996-2003, paces the field on the heels of his 47 career interceptions.
No. 35 - Pete Pihos, a star for the Eagles' championship teams in 1948 and 1949, was one of the dominant two-way players of his time. He beats out an impressive list of 35's, including John Henry Johnson and Alan Ameche.
No. 41 - A good number for fullbacks, 41 was best adorned by Keith Byars, the former Eagle who had 610 catches and 54 touchdowns during his 13-year career. Former Charger Lorenzo Neal comes in second, according to SI.com.
No. 92 - This one's a lock, as Reggie White was the league's most dominant defensive player for over a decade, winning the Defensive Player of the Year award in 1987 as an Eagle and again in 1998 as a Green Bay Packer.

Runner-ups: David Akers (No. 2), Steve Van Buren (No. 15), Tommy McDonald (No. 25), Brian Westbrook (No. 36), Chuck Bednarik (No. 60), Bill Bergey (No. 66), Jevon Kearse (No. 90).

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 5:00 p.m., August 26

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