Hot Shot No. 6: Steve Van Buren

Hot Shot No. 6: Steve Van Buren
February 14, 2014, 3:30 pm
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 The Eagles selected Steve Van Buren fifth overall out of LSU in 1944. (AP)

Steve Van Buren
Philadelphia Eagles, HB, 1944-51
-Pro Football Hall of Fame (1965)
-Five-time first team All-Pro
-Four NFL rushing titles
-Selected to NFL’s 75th Anniversary team in 1994
-Nicknamed “Wham-Bam”

Best known for being one of the top running backs in franchise history. The Eagles selected him fifth overall out of LSU in 1944 draft and signed him to a contract worth $4,000. He joined a team that had yet to finish above fourth place and led the Eagles to three straight division titles and two straight NFL Championships (1948, 1949).

Van Buren held the franchise record for yards rushing in game (205) until this past season, when LeSean McCoy fittingly rushed for 217 through the snow against Detroit.

In the 1948 Championship game, played vs. the Cardinals in a snow storm, Van Buren scored the game’s only TD -- this after taking public transportation and walking to the game when he car was snowed in.

“I looked out my bedroom window that morning, saw the snow and went back to bed," Van Buren said in this story by CSN's Ray Didinger for the Eagles' official website. "I was sure the game would be postponed.”