One Philadelphia Eagles receiver continues to loom large over the franchise record books, but the Pro Football Hall of Fame has eluded him. In this upcoming class, Harold Carmichael may finally get the honor he deserves.
Standing at 6’8″ Carmichael was impossible to overlook on the football field, but in retirement Hall of Fame voters have repeatedly ignored one of the most dominate players from the 1970’s and early 80’s. His career marks of 79 touchdowns, 589 receptions and 8,978 receiving yards are all still Eagles records, and were good for top 10 all time placement upon his retirement in 1984.
When he retired after the 19845 season, Carmichael ranked 5th in NFL history in receptions, seventh in yards and seventh in TDs. He also owned the record for consecutive games with a pass caught at 127, which was eventually broken by Hall of Fame wideout Steve Largent. From 1973 to 1983 no one had more catches, yards, or touchdowns than Carmichael. He was a dominate force, and a gentle giant, winning the NFL’s Man of the Year award in 1980 and was a 4 time Pro Bowler.
In the celebration of the 100th year of the NFL the Hall of Fame is adding 15 additional Hall of Famers next year comprised of 10 seniors, three two-playing contributors and two coaches. They will also have their standard five modern player induction. Carmichael is one of 20 senior players to be named a finalist. The senior players had to have last played at least 25 years ago.
Long-time Eagle Al Wistert is also among that group. Dick Vermeil and Bucko Kilroy, who both had stints with the Eagles, were also among the nominees.