Eagles to Induct Akers into Hall of Fame
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The greatest kicker in Eagles history is set to be the next man inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame.
David Akers will be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame on Oct. 23 when the team hosts the Washington Redskins on "Monday Night Football."
Jeffrey Lurie made the announcement at Wednesday's Taking Flight for Autism fundraiser at Lincoln Financial Field.
“David Akers embodies everything we look for in a player both on and off the field,” the owner said. “He was talented, reliable, tough, and of course clutch. He played a major role in the success of this franchise during his time here, but he also loved this city and our fans and he made a tremendous impact in the community. We are proud to enshrine him alongside the greatest figures in Eagles history.”
Akers spent 12 seasons in Philadelphia (1999-2010) and is the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season (188) and postseason games played (19). He was a member of nine playoff teams, six NFC East champions, and the Super Bowl XXXIX team.
The University of Louisville product earned five Pro Bowl berths and has both the regular-season and postseason team records for total points (1,323 and 134 respectively) as well as field goals made (294; 31).
During his tenure in Philadelphia, Akers was second in the NFL in points (behind Ryan Longwell – 1,335) and field goals made (Matt Stover – 297). Additionally, Akers produced the second-most points (Adam Vinatieri – 157) and field goals made (Vinatieri – 39) in the playoffs during that span, something that earned him a place on the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen