It’s that time of year where the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have its special ceremony honoring the new inductees. The Class of 2019 has some great people up for enshrinement in Champ Bailey (cornerback), Pat Bowlen (contributor), Tony Gonzalez (tight end), Gil Brandt (contributor), Ty Law (cornerback), Kevin Mawae (center), Ed Reed (safety) and Johnny Robinson (safety). The enshrinement ceremony will be live from Canton, Ohio, the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

This is a great group of honorees but there are tremendous players who have not been inducted. These players with Philadelphia ties are deserving of this Pro Football Hall of Fame recognition.

Harold Carmichael

Carmichael had a great career with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 6-foot-8 wide receiver from Southern University played 14 seasons with the Eagles (1971-1983). Carmichael, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, set an NFL record catching a pass in 127 straight games.

In 1973, he led the league in receptions. He made the 1980s All-Decade Team. In 1981, he helped to lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl. He retired as the Eagles’ all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and total touchdowns (79). He was inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

Randall Cunningham

Cunningham provided a lot excitement with his style of play. His ability to create plays from the pocket and outside the pocket with his legs and strong passing arm made him one of the most talented player to ever play the position.

He was a second-round draft pick of the Eagles in 1985 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Cunningham played 10 years for the Eagles (1985-1995). He passed for 22,877 yards whole throwing 150 touchdowns. He gained 4,482 yards ad scored 22 TDs with the Eagles.

After he announced his retirement following his last season with the Eagles, Cunningham made a brilliant comeback with the Minnesota Vikings (1997-1999). In 1998, he guided the Vikings to a 15-1 record. Cunningham threw for 3,704 yards and 34 TDs that season. He was a four-time Pro Bowler, two-time NFL Most Valuable Player and a three-time Bert Bell Award winner. Cunningham completed his career with 29,979 passing yards and 207 TDs.

Erik Williams

Williams was an All-Public League standout at John Bartram High School. He had a terrific college football career at Central State. He was an NAIA All-American In 1990, he led Central State to an NAIA championship.

Williams was one of the best offensive tackles in the country. In 1991, the Dallas Cowboys selected him in the third round. Williams, a 6-foot-6, 325-pounder, played some outstanding football for the Cowboys. He was a four-time Pro Bowl and a three-time All-Pro selection. His blocking skills helped the Cowboys win three Super Bowls. Williams played from 1991-2000 with the Cowboys. He finished his NFL career with Baltimore Ravens in 2001.

Donovan McNabb

McNabb was one of the top quarterbacks in Eagles history. He threw for 32,873 yards, 216 touchdowns with a 86.5 passer ratings. He rushed for 3,249 yards while scoring 21 TDs on the ground.

McNabb, a five-time Pro Bowler, played 11 seasons with the Eagles. He led the Eagles to five NFC championships games, four straight — 2001-04 and 2008, and a Super Bowl appearance in the 2004 season. He will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in November.

Johnny Sample

Sample, who died in 2005, won three championships — NFL, AFL and a Super Bowl championship. He played 11 seasons grabbing 41 interceptions, which he returned for 460 yards and four touchdowns. He recovered 13 fumbles, returning them for 61 yards. On special teams, Sample returned 68 punts for 559 yards and a touchdown, along with 60 kickoffs for 1,560 yards and a touchdown. In 1961, he led the NFL in punt return yards.

Sample played a huge role in the New York Jets’ 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts in Super III in 1969. He also had a 42-yard interception return for a score to lead the Baltimore Colts to a 31-16 win over the New York Giants in the 1959 NFL Championship game.

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