Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Curse of Lincoln Financial Field

In Sunday's Trenton Times, Eagles beat writer Mark Eckel referred to Lincoln Financial Field as "The place where Pro Bowl players go to die" when referencing the departure of Javon Kearse and Takeo Spikes, and the likely future departure of Darren Howard. Each of those three were deemed major acquisitions and were expected to reap huge benefits. While an argument can be made for or against their play in Philadelphia, it is safe to say they never lived up to their difference-making expectations.

Since it opened its doors in 2003, LFF has wreaked havoc on the Birds' Pro Bowl caliber players.

2003

Jon Ritchie - Just the type of player Eagle fans craved, a hard-nosed FB coming from Oakland's Black Hole, "after starting for the Eagles for only two seasons, he was cut by the Eagles after a devastating knee injury during the off-season that could not be fully repaired." While not a Pro Bowler per se, he certainly was among the best blocking fullbacks in the game before coming to Philly.


Corey Simon - A Pro Bowl selection in 2003, the Birds tried to franchise him following the 2004 season. After being unable to reach an agreement, he signed with the Colts only to gain 125 pounds and waddle his way off the Super Bowl roster.

Troy Vincent - A 5x Pro Bowl selection (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003) and 3x All-Pro selection (2000, 2001, 2002), he left Philadelphia following the 2003 season, switched positions and was never heard from again outside of NFLPA labor negotiations.

Bobby Taylor - 2002 Pro Bowler and All-Pro, spent one season in 2004 with Seattle and then retired.

2004

Hugh Douglas - A 3 time Pro Bowler with the Eagles, spent the 2004 season in Jacksonville returned to the Eagles in 2004 to be put to pasture.

Michael Lewis - Named Pro Bowl starter in 2004 and led the Eagles in tackles in 2005. Left Eagles to sign a grossly inflated contract with San Fran. Likely to never live up to paycheck.

Jeremiah Trotter - Returned to the Eagles at LFF in 2004 for two productive Pro Bowl-caliber seasons (having to fight his way to a starting job off of special teams), only to be marred by injuries and let go.


2005

Shawn Barber - Like Ritchie, not a Pro Bowler, per se, but a damned good player...when he was with the Chiefs in between Eagle stints.


Today

McNabb and Westbrook continue to fight the curse despite being mauled by injuries.

It remains to be seen what happened with two current Eagles - one new, one likely soon-to-be-former. Time will tell how the Field of Broken Dreams treats Asante Samuel and Lito Sheppard.

1 comment:

The Sports Hernia said...

Wow, Mark Eckel, forgot about that guy. Is John Marks still doing the Sixers beat?