On Tuesday, ProFootballTalk unveiled their Eagles Mount Rushmore. The fan vote resulted in a close call, but in the end, Reggie White, Chuck Bednarik, Randall Cunningham and Brian Dawkins were deemed the four most iconic Eagles.
While one could debate the merits of Cunningham over, say, Steve Van Buren or Norm Van Brockin, Mike Florio took it one step further placing Andy Reid on his Eagles Mount Rushmore instead of Brian Dawkins.
Since ProFootballTalk handled the Eagles Mount Rushmore, the Lunch Break staff decided to tackle the other three major sports teams in the city.
Mr. Snider is not just the founder of the Flyers, but is one of the most recognizable faces of the franchise. He brought hockey to Philadelphia, he helped build the Wells Fargo Center and there is no questioning the impact he’s had on the city of Philadelphia through the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. Is this more than enough to get his face on Flyers Mt. Rushmore?
While his tenure as Flyers GM had some rocky moments, there is no doubt his leadership and skills on the ice will forever be connected with Flyers hockey and the history of the franchise. Clarke's No. 16 was retired in 1984; he was a member of both Stanley Cup teams; and he was an eight-time NHL All-Star and three-time Hart Trophy winner. In his career, Clarke tallied 358 goals and 852 assists.
When “Big E” was on the ice and healthy, there wasn't a more dominating force in the game. While his career was cut short by concussions, Lindros did compile 372 goals and 493 assists. He also won the Hart Trophy in 1995 and was a six-time All-Star as a Flyer.
It has been said, "Only God saves more than Bernie Parent," and that alone might earn him a spot on the Flyers' Mount Rushmore. But Parent’s numbers also speak for themselves: Six career shutouts, including two Stanley Cup-clinching shutouts; a career 2.55 goals-against average; and 271 wins. Parent also won two straight Vezina trophies as the league’s best goaltender, and was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame in 1984. His No. 1 has also been retired by the Flyers' organization.
From Bernie to Hexy. Hextall makes the list not without some controversy, but his rookie year alone -– in which he captured the Vezina Trophy while leading the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final –- is worth consideration. Hextall played 11 of his 13 seasons wearing a Flyers jersey, winning 240 games with 18 shutouts. Hextall also eclipsed the 100-minute mark in penalties in three years, and has scored two goals –- a rarity for any netminder.
From 1971-1978, Shero guided the Flyers from the bench. He helped lead the Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. Shero won more than 300 games while coaching the Flyers in the regular season, plus another 47 wins in the postseason.
Ed Van Impe
Van Impe was the second captain in team history and might be best known for throwing a hit that led to the Soviet Union team’s leaving the ice and refusing to come back out. Van Impe was also a valuable member along the blue line in both Stanley Cup Championships.
Tocchet spent 11 of his 22 NHL seasons in Flyers orange, and also served as team captain. Tocchet scored 440 goals during his career, tallying 512 assists. He appeared in four All-Star Games.
How spent 10 seasons in Philadephia and was a staple along the Flyers’ blue line. Twice, he scored more than 20 goals in a season, and in 1985-86 he had 82 points in 79 games. Howe's No. 2 was the fifth and most recent number to be retired by the Flyers' organization.
Barber spent his entire career in orange and black, totaling 420 goals, 463 assists and two Stanley Cups. A six-time All-Star, Barber scored a career-high 50 goals in the 1975-76 season and wore the Flyers’ “C” in 1981-82.
Did Tim Panaccio and Rhea Hughes get the Flyers' Mount Rushmore right? Who would be on your Flyers Mount Rushmore?