ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Harold Carmichael

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It’s Hall of Fame season, and unfortunately, there won’t be an enshrinement.  But that’s not stopping us from recognizing the newest inductees into the ProFootball Hall of Fame.

I have the honor of recognizing wide receiver Harold Carmichael.

Carmichael played 14 seasons, mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles, and one for their division rival Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted in the 7th round of the draft in 1971 out of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Despite him being drafted in the lower rounds, he was able to stand out. At first, it was because of his frame, as he was 6’8″ and 225 lbs., but he was quickly able to show everyone that he was a dominant player.

In his third year as an Eagles, he had a career-high (and team record at the time) 67 catches and over 1,100 yards, leading the league in receptions and receiving yards in 1973.  He also played an integral role in getting the Eagles to 4 straight playoff appearances from 1978-1981.  This also included the Eagles’ first Super Bowl appearance in 1980.

He was named to 4 Pro Bowls and made the All-Pro team 4 times.  He was named the NFL Man of The Year in 1980 for his donations to various charities.

When Carmichael retired in 1984, he was the Eagles’ all-time leader in games played, consecutive games played, touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions.

How do some of his numbers compare to players from today? According to NBC Sports, the only active player with more than Carmichael’s 79 touchdown receptions is Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald.

A dominant player on the field and an even better man off the field, congratulations to Eagles legend Harold Carmichael.

 

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