The Philadelphia Eagles will induct kicker David Akers into the team’s Hall of Fame on October 23rd when the team plays the Washington. Akers is considered the franchise’s greatest kicker, and now he will be recognized as so during the Monday Night Football tilt against Washington.
More from the team’s press release:
“David Akers embodies everything we look for in a player both on and off the field,” said Lurie. “He was talented, reliable, tough, and of course clutch. He played a major role in the success of this franchise during his time here, but he also loved this city and our fans and he made a tremendous impact in the community. We are proud to enshrine him alongside the greatest figures in Eagles history.”
Akers, who is the Eagles’ all-time leader in regular-season (188) and postseason games played (19), spent 12 seasons (1999-2010) in Philadelphia, where he was part of nine playoff appearances, six division titles, and a trip to Super Bowl XXXIX. Akers earned five Pro Bowl nods, which are the most by any kicker in Eagles history. He also established regular-season and postseason team records in points (1,323; 134) and field goals made (294; 31).
During his time in Philadelphia, Akers ranked second in the NFL in points (Ryan Longwell – 1,335) and field goals made (Matt Stover – 297). Additionally, Akers produced the second-most points (Adam Vinatieri – 157) and field goals made (Vinatieri – 39) in the playoffs during that span. His recognition as one of the league’s best kickers earned him a spot on the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
Akers was also very active with his community endeavors, including the establishment of the David Akers Kicks for Kids Foundation to assist families with unexpected emergency needs such as medical supplies, meals, clothing, utilities and more.
A native of Lexington, KY, Akers was a four-year letterman at the University of Louisville, where he ranks second on the Cardinals’ all-time scoring list with 219 points.
Guy deserves it. He was a great kicker, but he was an even better man. Congratulations, David.
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