Goode set to make Eagles history with family ties

Goode set to make Eagles history with family ties
September 4, 2013, 7:00 am
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Eagles whose father played in NFL

Father – Julius Adams (Patriots 1971-1987)
Son - Keith Adams (Eagles, 2003-2005)

Father – Harold Bradley (Cards 1928)
Son – Harold Bradley Jr. (Eagles,1958)

Father – Zachary Dixon (Eagles 1980)
Son – Raheem Brock (Colts 2002-2009, Seahawks 2010-11)

Father – Elwyn Dunstan (Cardinals 1938-39, Rams 1939-41)
Son – Bill Dunstan (Eagles 1973-76)

Father – Jim Flanigan Sr. (Packers 1967-70)
Son – Jim Flanigan Jr. (Eagles 2003)

Father – Don Hasselbeck (Patriots 1977-83, Raiders 1983, Vikings 1984, Giants 1985)
Son – Tim Hasselbeck (Eagles 2002)

Father – Dick Hudson (Chargers 1962, Bills 1963-67)
Son – John Hudson (Eagles 1991-95)

Father – Jack Kemp (Steelers 1957, Chargers 1960-62, Bills 1962-69)
Son – Jeff Kemp (Eagles 1991)

Father – Joe Klecko (Jets 1977-87, Colts 1988)
Son – Dan Klecko (Eagles 2008)

Father – Bob Kowalkowski (Lions 1966-76, Packers 1977)
Son – Scott Kowalkowski (Eagles 1991-92)

Father – Bill Lazetich (Rams 1939, 1942)
Son – Pete Lazetich (Eagles 1976-77)

Father – Dee Mackey (49ers 1960, Colts 1961-62, Jets 1963-66)
Son – Kyle Mackey (Eagles 1986)

Father – Ernie McMillan Cards 1961-74, Packers 1975)
Son – Erik McMillan (Jets 1988-92, Eagles 1993, Browns 1993, Chiefs 1993)

Grandfather – George Pyne II (Steamrollers 1931)
Father – George Pyne III (Patriots 1965)
Son – Jim Pyne (Eagles 2001)

Father – Manu Tuiasosopo (Seahawks 1979-83, 49ers 1984-86)
Son – Zach Tuiasosopo (Eagles 2007)

Father – Alvin Wyatt (Raiders 1970, Bills 1971-72, Oilers 1973)
Son – Antwuan Wyatt (Eagles 1977)

Eagles whose son played in NFL

Father – Howard Cassady (Lions 1956-61, Browns 1962, Eagles 1962, Lions 1963)
Son – Craig Cassady (Saints, 1977)

Father – Richard Harvey (Eagles 1970)
Son – Richard Harvey (Patriots 1990-91, Bills 1992-93, Broncos 1994, Saints 1995-98, Raiders 1999)

Father – Don Looney (Eagles 1940)
Son – Joe Don Looney (Colts 1964, Liosn 1965-66, Redskins 1966-67, Saints 1969)

Father – James McAlister (Eagles 1975-76)
Son – Chris McAlister (Ravens, 1999-2008, Saint 2009)

Father – Steve Smith (Steelers 1966, 49ers 1966-67, Vikings 1968-70, Eagles 1971-74)
Son – Brady Smith (Saints 1996-99, Falcons 2000-05)

Najee Goode’s childhood was probably not too different from your childhood.

“I was 4 years old and I knew the Eagles chant -- E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!” Goode said. “I used to hear my dad do it all the time.”

The only difference is that Goode grew up in Ohio.

Goode, the Eagles’ newest linebacker, is the son of former Eagles tight end John Goode, who spent 1985 in Philly, playing in all 16 games in Marion Campbell’s final season as head coach.

As soon as the younger Goode plays a regular-season snap, he and his father will become the first father-son combination in franchise history.

“It’s pretty incredible, when you think about it,” John Goode said Tuesday from his home in Cleveland Heights. “For us both to play for the same pro team, who could have ever imagined that happening?”

Najee and John have a lot in common. Both were fifth-round draft picks, and both spent their first NFL season with another team and wound up with the Eagles for their second season.

John Goode was drafted by the Cards in the fifth round of the 1984 draft out of Youngstown State and spent his rookie year in St. Louis, catching three passes for 23 yards.

“That was a long time ago that my dad played -- I think they were still using plastic helmets,” Najee Goode said with a laugh. “He played offense. He was a pretty boy.”

John Goode projected to be a key tight end on the 1985 Cards until the Cards decided to try and turn a wide receiver into a tight end.

That was Jay Novacek.

So the Cards figured Goode was expendable and traded him to the Eagles before the 1985 season. He wore No. 87 here and played in 14 games, mainly on special teams.

“That was a great bunch of guys,” the senior Goode recalled. “We had a lot of leaders, a lot of tremendous personalities. Jaws, Spags, Garry Cobb, Greg Brown, Ray Ellis, Wes [Hopkins], Randall [Cunningham] … crazy Andre Waters, I loved that guy.

“Of course, that was Reggie [White’s]’s first year after he started out in the USFL, and he was just manhandling people.”

The 1985 Eagles were 6-5 before losing four straight, resulting in the firing of Campbell. He was replaced for the final game of the season by interim coach Fred Bruney, who was in turn replaced by Buddy Ryan.

That was the end of Goode’s career with the Eagles and in the NFL, but he’s never forgotten his brief stay here.

“I loved Philly,” he said. “Loved the area, got married in Cherry Hill, my oldest son was born there. His godfather is Keith Byars, who was just coming to the Eagles [in 1986], and I knew because we were both Ohio boys.

“I told Najee, Philly is the total opposite of Tampa Bay as far as fans, enthusiasm, expertise. The people there really know their football and have so much passion for the Eagles. Unlike Tampa, where football is just kind of something they do on Sundays and football kind of just comes and goes.

“The fans in Philly were great. Back then, we would park in the same lot as the fans, and they were always there waiting for us after games. They’d be eating with us after games, just hanging out in the parking lot.

“I told Najee, just be ready to give 110 percent -- which he’s always done -- and they’ll love you in Philly.”

The younger Goode was drafted by the Bucs last year out of West Virginia, where he played in a school-record 52 games -- starting 25 -- and piling up 22½ tackles for loss, eight sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

He played just three games for the Buccaneers last year, seeing action on just three plays on defense and 48 on special teams.

“It was a real frustrating year, getting to play just a few games,” Goode said. “But the coaches had a certain plan that they wanted to follow, so you just have to be patient and wait your turn. But it was frustrating because you want to be out there playing.

“But I just tried to use it as a learning experience and learn as much as I could. I thought I carried that over into the preseason and played really well, but they had a different plan.”

Goode, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound inside linebacker, was released by the Bucs on Saturday and awarded to the Eagles on waivers Sunday.

“I just want to contribute any way I can, whether it’s on special teams or on defense,” said Goode, an engineering major at WVU. “Wherever they put me, whatever they ask me to do, I just want to go out there and make plays.”

Numerous Eagles have had fathers or sons who played in the NFL (see box). Keith Adams, a starting linebaker on the 2004 Super Bowl defense, was the son of Julius Adams, who spent 17 years with the Patriots. Tim Hasselbeck, who was here in 2002, was the son of Don Hasselbeck, an NFL tight end from 1977 through 1985.

Jeff Kemp, one of the 1991 quarterbacks, was the son of long-time NFL quarterback Jack Kemp (who was also Bob Dole’s running mate on the 1996 Republican Presidential ticket). And most recently, Dan Klecko was the son of long-time Jets star Joe Klecko.

There have been several father-son combos on the same team, most recently the DeOssies with the Giants. Steve was with the Giants from 1989 through 1993, and his son, Zak, is entering his seventh year with the Giants.

“My dad, he loved it in Philadelphia,” Najee Goode said. “He said he really enjoyed his time here. He said the fans love them some football, that’s all anybody talks about. I’m just really proud to play where he played.”