Monday, February 1, 2010

Former Eagles star DB Brookshier died of cancer

A 78-year-old man died last Friday night after a bout with cancer. His name is Tom Brookshier, and he will be remembered by the Philadelphia Eagles fans as one of the greatest defensive back.

Putting on Eagles jersey in 1953 as a 10th-round draft pick out of Colorado, Brookshier had eight interceptions in his rookie season, tying with Bibbles Bawel for the Eagles' single-season interception record. And he had 20 interceptions in seven seasons with the Eagles and earned All-Pro honors in 1959 and 1960. He retired in 1961 after sustaining a compound fracture in his leg and the Eagles retired his No. 40 jersey after his retirement, one of the seven numbers the Eagles retired in team history.

His most impressive season came in 1960, when the Eagles held on for a 17-13 victory over the Mighty Green Bay Packers, a team Bart Starr and Vince Lombardi played for at that time, on Dec. 26, winning their last NFL championship where there was no one believing the Eagles could beat the Packers.

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