Eagles Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald Passes Away

Eagles nation is mourning the loss of one of the greatest players in team history today. Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Tommy McDonald passed away today at the age of 84.

The Eagles’ drafted McDonald out of Oklahoma in the 3rd round of the 1957 NFL Draft. He spent seven seasons with the Eagles, recording 287 receptions for 5,499 receiving yards and 66 touchdowns.

McDonald led the NFL in touchdowns in 1958 and 1961 and in receiving yards in 1961.

In the 1960 NFL Championship Game, he caught three passes for 90 yards and a touchdown to help the Eagles beat the legendary Vince Lombardi-led Packers. After the game, Lombardi told reporters “If I had 11 Tommy McDonalds, I’d win a championship every year.”

When he retired from the league, McDonald ranked sixth in NFL history in catches (495), fourth in yards (8,410) and second in touchdowns (84).He still ranks second in Eagles franchise history with 66 touchdown catches, behind only Harold Carmichael (79).

He was added to the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1988. A decade later, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

R.I.P. Tommy.

 

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