Q. In your opinion, is Clyde Simmons a Hall of Famer?
- Eagle Fan
A. I like Simmons a lot but I don’t think he was a Hall of Fame player. I would put him in the “Hall of Very Good” category which means he was a fine player, but not quite at the level of his former linemate, the late Reggie White.
But you raise a good question: Which former Eagles who aren’t already in the Hall of Fame most deserve to be there? I would cite five players from four different eras.
Al Wistert, tackle (1943-51)
Wistert was a two-way tackle and played virtually every snap of every game for nine seasons. He was captain of the 1948 and ’49 teams which won the NFL championship. He earned All-Pro mention every season except his rookie year.
In the book “The Hidden Game of Football,” author Bob Carroll wrote that of all the players who were not yet in the Hall of Fame, the one who was most deserving of that honor was Wistert.
Carroll used a simple formula to arrive at that conclusion. He tallied the consensus All-Pro seasons for each player (five for Wistert), the first-team All-Pro selections (two) and second-team selections (one) and awarded points for each. Wistert had the most points among the two-way tackles, including eight who are already in the Hall of Fame.
Eagles who should be Hall of Famers
CSN Philly | Feb 17