Philadelphia Eagles’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders

Harold Carmichael

Pete Retzlaff

Brian Westbrook

The Philadelphia Eagles are a proud franchise with a mostly winning tradition (despite an overall losing record), though they have been to just two Super Bowls and lost both of them. And even being a Northeast-based team doesn’t mean the Eagles have not had great wide receivers over the years. Here is a list of the all-time Top 10 for Philly in receiving yards:

Harold Carmichael (8978)—Harold Carmichael was one of the best receivers in the NFL during his career, all with the Eagles from 1971 to 1983. Carmichael leads the franchise with 8978 receiving yards and he made the Pro Bowl four times. His best season was 1973, when Carmichael had career highs in receptions (67) and receiving yards (1116) with 9 touchdown catches.

Pete Retzlaff (7412)—Tight end Pete Retzlaff played his entire career in Philadelphia, from 1956 to 1966, and ranks second in team history with 7412 receiving yards. Retzlaff made the Pro Bowl five times, once as a first team All Pro, and his best season was his All Pro season of 1965. That year, Retzlaff had career highs in receptions (66), receiving yards (1190) and TD catches (10).

Mike Quick (6464)—Mike Quick has one of the great names for a wide receiver in football history, and he had a stellar (albeit brief) career, all with the Eagles from 1982 to 1990. Quick ranks third in Philly history with 6464 receiving yards and he made the Pro Bowl five times, twice as a first team All Pro. Quick’s best season was 1983, when he caught 69 passes for a career best (and league-leading) 1409 yards, with 13 touchdowns (also career high).

Pete Pihos (5619)—Right end Pete Pihos played for the Eagles his entire career, from 1947 to 1955 and made the Pro Bowl seven times, including four straight times as a first team All Pro in the last four years of his career. Pihos ranks fourth in Eagles’ history with 5619 receiving yards, and his best season was 1953. That year, Pihos had career highs in receptions (63) and receiving yards (1049) with 10 touchdown catches.

Tommy McDonald (5499)—Tommy McDonald played most of his career in Philadelphia, from 1947 to 1953, and ranks fifth in franchise history with 5499 receiving yards. McDonald made the Pro Bowl five straight seasons in Philly, and despite a career best 1146 receiving yards in 1962, his best overall season there was 1961. That year, McDonald caught 64 passes for 1144 yards and a career high 13 TDs -- the yardage and touchdown numbers led the NFL that season.

Bobby Walston (5363)—Bobby Walston was both a left end and a kicker for the Eagles his entire career, from 1951 to 1962. Walston ranks sixth in Eagles’ history with 5363 receiving yards and he is a two-time Pro Bowler. His best season was 1953, with career highs in receptions (41) and receiving yards (750) with five touchdowns.

Ben Hawkins (4764)—Ben Hawkins played most of his career in Philly, from 1966 to 1973, and ranks seventh in team history with 4764 receiving yards. Hawkins had his best season in 1967, with career highs in receptions (59), receiving yards (1265, which led the NFL) and TD catches (10).

Fred Barnett (4634)—Fred Barnett played for the Eagles most of his career, from 1990 to 1995, and ranks eighth in franchise history with 4634 receiving yards. Barnett made the Pro Bowl in 1992, but his best overall season was 1994, when he had career highs in receptions (78) and receiving yards (1127) with 5 touchdown catches.

Calvin Williams (3840)—Calvin Williams played almost his whole career in Philly, from 1990 to 1996 and he ranks ninth in Eagles’ history with 3840 receiving yards. Williams had a career best 813 receiving yards in 1994 but his best season was 1995, with 60 catches for 725 yards and a career high 10 TDs.

Brian Westbrook (3609)—Running back Brian Westbrook is a double threat runner and receiver, and he is fast and elusive. Westrbook has played for the Eagles his entire career, from 2002 until now as I write this in 2009. He ranks tenth in team history with 3609 receiving yards, and Westbrook has made the Pro Bowl twice, once as a first team All Pro in 2007. That was also his best season, with career highs in receptions (90), receiving yards (771), rushing yards (1333), and yards from scrimmage (2104, led NFL), with 12 total touchdowns.

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