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The Perfect Match – Philadelphia Sports Nation

The Perfect Match – Philadelphia Sports Nation

The Perfect Match – Philadelphia Sports Nation

Nothing has brought the Eagles more championships than an Elite RB/WR combination.

If you’re looking for a constant that has consistently led to championships in addition to great defense for the Eagles, look no further than an elite running back/wide receiver combination.

And man, they have a great one this season….

Two contract extensions for Devonta Smith (3 years, $75 million) and AJ Brown (3 years, $96 million) and the signing of All-Pro and former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley (3 years, $37.75 million) have already placed the Eagles as 18-1 favorites to win the Super Bowl.

In Philadelphia, we’ve seen this before. With America at war in 1944, almost no one noticed the NFL Draft, also called the 1943 Preferred Draft List. Held at Philadelphia’s Warwick Hotel, the draft received very little fanfare. If people didn’t notice the LSU running back who was selected with the No. 5 overall pick, they soon would.

After drafting Steve Van Buren in 1944, the Eagles selected WR Pete Phihos from Indiana University in 1945. Phihos would become the league’s #2 wide receiver in 1948, and scored on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Thompson in the 1949 NFL Championship Game against the LA Rams while the Eagles played in the Championship Game in 1947, and won it in 1948 and 1949.

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The 1960 team featured wide receiver Tommy McDonald and running backs Timmy Brown and Clarence Peaks. McDonald would also catch what would end up being the game-winning touchdown in the 1960 Championship against the Packers, an Eagles Championship that stood for only 58 years.

When former UCLA coach Dick Vermeil lifted the Eagles out of mediocrity in the late 1970s, he did so with another dynamic duo. When the Eagles selected Abilene Christian’s Wilbert Montgomery along with Southern’s Harold CarMichael, chosen in 1971, the Eagles advanced to play the Raiders in the 1981 Super Bowl.

And in our best season perhaps ever— a 2018 championship that the off-season acquisition of To the rhythm Jeffrey plus get Lagarrett Blount and Jay Ajayi.

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We cannot forget two honorable mentions. In 2005, the signing of Terrell Owens was the icing on the cake to lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl, complementing All-Pro running back Brian Westbrook.

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And, of course, 2023, the year that almost saw the best season in history for Miles Sanders in an Eagles uniform, with more than 1,000 yards and the acquisition of AJ Brown in the offseason, and the second Devonta Smith’s NFL season nearly brought the Eagles their second Lombardi Trophy in five years.

And in 2024-2025? They have re-signed two of the best wide receivers in the league, as well as one of their best running backs.

It feels like 1947-1949 again.