Carmichael to be Eagles' honorary captain Sunday

Carmichael to be Eagles' honorary captain Sunday

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October 25, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Harold Carmichael caught 589 passes for 8,978 and 79 touchdowns with the Eagles and is now the team's director of player development and alumni. (USA Today Images)

Harold Carmichael, the Eagles’ all-time leader in every major receiving category and a former Pro Football Hall of Fame nominee, will serve as honorary captain for the Eagles against the Giants Sunday at the Linc.

Carmichael caught 589 passes for 8,978 and 79 touchdowns with the Eagles from 1971 through 1983.

As of the end of the 1983 season, Carmichael ranked fifth in NFL history in catches, sixth in receiving yards and tied for sixth in touchdown catches. He was named to the NFL Team of the Seventies second team, behind only Hall of Famers Drew Pearson and Lynn Swann.

Carmichael’s best season with the Eagles was 1973, when he led the NFL with 67 receptions and 1,116 receiving yards and went to the first of his four Pro Bowls. He also had 1,000-yard seasons in 1978 and 1981.

Only two players in franchise history -- Chuck Bednarik and Brian Dawkins (14 years apiece) -- played more seasons in an Eagles uniform than Carmichael. He holds the club record for consecutive games played, with 162, and is third behind David Akers (188) and Dawkins (183) with 180 games played.

Carmichael played in seven postseason games as an Eagle, with 29 catches for a franchise-playoff record 465 yards. In the Eagles’ 1980 Super Bowl loss to the Raiders, he caught five passes for 83 yards.

Carmichael, who retired in 1984 after catching one pass with the Cowboys and then playing briefly with the Giants, is in his 16th season as the Eagles’ director of player development and alumni.

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