Freddie and Calvin to be honored Sunday at Linc

Freddie and Calvin to be honored Sunday at Linc
December 5, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Calvin Williams (left) and Fred Barnett celebrate Barnett's 53-yard touchdown reception in a 36-20 playoff win over the Saints at the Superdome on Jan. 3 1993. (AP)

Fred Barnett and Calvin Williams, one of the great receiving tandems in Eagles history, will serve together as honorary captains Sunday when the Eagles face the Lions at the Linc.

Barnett and Williams, both taken by the Eagles in the 1990 draft, rank sixth and seventh in Eagles history among wide receivers with 308 and 295 receptions, eighth and ninth in receiving yards with 4,634 and 3,840 and sixth and 10th in touchdown catches with 34 (Williams) and 28.

Barnett and Williams played together from 1990 through 1995. Williams played 93 of his 100 career games with the Eagles, and Barnett played 81 of 96 games in Philly. Williams played briefly with the Ravens and Barnett finished with the Dolphins.

Barnett had 1,000-yard seasons in 1992 and 1994. He made the Pro Bowl after the 1992 season, when he caught 67 passes for 1,083 yards and six touchdowns.

He was on the receiving end of one of the greatest plays in Eagles history, Randall Cunningham’s 95-yard heave as he was about to be sacked by Bruce Smith in Buffalo in 1990.

Williams had three seasons with at least 700 yards and seasons of 10, nine and seven touchdowns.

Barnett and Williams ranked fifth and sixth in the NFL in TD catches as rookies, Williams with nine and Barnett with eight. They still rank first and tied for second in Eagles history for touchdown catches by rookies. The only wide receivers with more TD catches than Williams as rookies since 1990 are Mike Williams (11 in 2010) and Randy Moss (17 in 1998).

Barnett, a third-round pick, and Williams, a fifth-round pick, were actually the second and third wide receivers the Eagles drafted in 1990. They took Mike Bellamy in the second round, but he never caught a pass in the NFL.

The Eagles have been honoring a former player at each home game this year. Among those they’ve honored are Jon Runyan, Keith Jackson, Harold Carmichael and Timmy Brown.

Barnett and Williams will be honored at halftime with a video presentation on the big screen at the Linc.