If there’s been one constant with the Eagles ever since the Dick Vermeil era, when they emerged from the primordial soup as a competitive franchise in the 1970s, it’s great defensive linemen and constant pass rush. That’s a bigger hallmark of the team than mobile quarterbacks (Randall Cunningham, Dononan McNabb and Michael Vick). There was Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey and Carl Hairston and Dennis Harrison. They were followed by the greatest DE of all time, Reggie White, and a mercurial, trash-talking defensive tackle in Jerome Brown who was honestly just as impactful in his tragically short career.

There was two-time All-Pro Clyde Simmons, who had 124 sacks in his career. There were big names like William Fuller, Hugh Douglas and Jevon Kearse, and underrated folk heroes like Andy Harmon, William Perry, Mike Golic and Hollis Thomas. High draft picks like Corey Simon and Fletcher Cox and fifth-round steals like Trent Cole.


On Sunday, the Eagles will play the Green Bay Packers, and, at 3-7-1, the Birds still have a chance in the NFC East. Brandon Graham will play in his 155th game for the Eagles, the most by any lineman.

Thomas will be a Hall of Famer and Graham won’t get past a preliminary selection process. But Graham is still producing, and he deserves a spot opposite Reggie on that all-time Eagles defense (on Madden, in heaven, or in the eternal sims of the future AI overlords).


Earl Thomas got cut after getting caught by his wife in an orgy with his brother, but he would just sit behind B-Dawk on that All-Eagles squad anyway.