Eagles Legend Tom Brookshier, Through the Words of Bill Conlin and Pat Summerall

Eagles Legend Tom Brookshier, Through the Words of Bill Conlin and Pat Summerall

Count me among the Philadelphia natives and Eagles fans who know the name of Tom Brookshier, yet little more than what one could learn the first line or two of his wikipedia entry. But in the course of a few hours today, I learned quite a bit. Rather than simply summarizing it here like a book report, I'll instead direct you to what I read with my morning coffee—Bill Conlin's piece in today's Daily News—and an interview that kept me in my car outside of John's Village Market at lunch until it was over. Here's the latter, a discussion between Pat Summerall and Glen Macnow and Ricky Bottalico, which aired this afternoon on 610 WIP, a station that might not exist today were it not for Brookshier, who hosted the first morning show there in 1989.  

Both Conlin and Summerall describe an Eagle's legend I wish I'd known better. At least we have the thoughtful words of two great sports historians to tell his story. 

Pat Summerall on Tom Brookshier

Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

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Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

Bol Bol, the 17-year-old son of the late Manute Bol, is a top high school basketball prospect with offers from schools like Arizona, Kansas and Creighton. This highlight tape should give you an idea why.
 
Bol, whose father played in the NBA for parts of 12 seasons, including 215 games for the Sixers, now attends the famed Mater Dei High School in California and played in his first game of the season this past weekend. Listed as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class by Scout, Bol started his season off with a big 21-point, 10-rebound effort.
 
Take a look at the highlight tape from the 6-foot-11 Bol and expect to see him carry on his father’s legacy on the court at a major NCAA college basketball program soon.
 

Flyers president Paul Holmgren opens up in powerful Players' Tribune story

Flyers president Paul Holmgren opens up in powerful Players' Tribune story

Much of the younger generation knows Paul Holmgren as the stone-faced GM of the Flyers for a good portion of this millennium. He built a team that made a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2010 and was also known for a crazy signing or trade or two (or many) during that time.

Back in his playing days, though, Holmgren was one of the toughest dudes on ice and was not to be crossed. He racked up 1,600 penalty minutes in his eight-plus seasons in Philadelphia back in the 70s and 80s. He added on 84 more in his seasons and a half with the old Minnesota North Stars for a career total of 1,684 penalty minutes, good for 94th most in NHL history.

Now the Flyers' team president, Holmgren opened up and displayed a side of himself many never see when he told a powerful, touching and heartbreaking personal story on The Players' Tribune site earlier this week.

In his story, Holmgren talked about how his parents couldn't afford to send him to a hockey camp in his native Minnesota when he was growing up, but his older brother, Dave, stepped in and gave Paul the $110 needed for the camp.

But Dave was never able to see his donation to his brother pay off as he went blind as the result of a severe complication to Diabetes. Dave's condition would worsen as he became gravely ill in the following years and died in 1970 at the young age of 23.

Holmgren opens up in great detail about how deeply Dave's condition and illness struck both he and his family and the events and details that still stick with him to this day.

It's an all-too-real reminder that no matter the aura we give pro athletes and sports executives and the pedestal we place them on (for better or worse), at the end of the day, they are still real people just like us and have real-life issues to deal with, too.

Check out Holmgren's story out when you get a chance.