Eagles legend Harold Carmichael is headed to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Reuben Frank

Long-time Eagles great Harold Carmichael, snubbed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for decades, finally got the call he's been waiting for on Saturday.

Carmichael is going into the Hall of Fame.

Carmichael learned of the honor in a phone call from Hall of Fame President David Baker.

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The Hall tweeted out a video of that phone call:

"Oh wow. Oh boy," Carmichael said. "This is so much of an honor, oh gosh. Never thought this would happen. But thank you, God. Thank you for telling me this, David. Appreciate you. I feel like I'm dreaming. I don't know what to feel. I feel so numb."

The Hall of Fame announced its 10 senior inductees on Wednesday morning in conjunction with the NFL's 100th anniversary.

"Congratulations to Harold Carmichael on being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "Our entire organization is so proud to see Harold earn this well-deserved honor. Harold revolutionized the wide receiver position and became one of the most productive players of his era and in the history of our franchise. He was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1987 and his records will always rank among the all-time greats, but Harold's true contributions to our game extend far beyond his on-field accomplishments."

Carmichael is only the 7th player who spent more than half his career with the Eagles to make it to Canton.

Brian Dawkins, Chuck Bednarik, Reggie White, Pete Pihos, Tommy McDonald and Steve Van Buren are the others.

Carmichael spent the 1971 through 1983 seasons with the Eagles after getting drafted in the 7th round out of Southern University. He was named a wide receiver on the NFL's 1980s all-decade team and is also on the Eagles' 75th anniversary team named in 2007.

During his 12 seasons with the Eagles, he caught 589 passes for 8,978 yards and 79 touchdowns. He led the NFL in catches and yards in 1973 and made four Pro Bowls.

During the 11-year period from 1973 through 1983, Carmichael led the NFL with 549 catches, 8,414 yards and 77 touchdowns. 

Carmichael was also a very productive postseason player. He had 9 catches for 203 yards and three TDs in two playoff games in 1979 and was 13-for-174 with a TD during the 1980 super Bowl run.

In all, he was 29-for-465 with 6 TDs in seven playoff games.

"Harold has served as a role model, mentor, and friend to so many during his four-plus decades in Philadelphia as a player, executive, and ambassador," Lurie said. "He is a one-of-a-kind person who loves this organization, who loves this city and its fans, and who treats everyone with dignity and respect. We are excited to celebrate this honor with Harold and his family."

Carmichael finished his career playing two games for the Cowboys in 1984. 

When he retired after the 1984 season, Carmichael ranked 5th in NFL history in receptions, seventh in yards and seventh in TDs.

Every player who had more catches than Carmichael at that point - Charlie Joiner, Charley Taylor, Don Maynard and Raymond Berry - is a Hall of Famer.

Carmichael still holds Eagles franchise records for catches, yards and touchdowns. Zach Ertz is second with 521 receptions, Pete Retzlaff is second with 7,412 yards and Tommy McDonald is second with 66 TDs.

This is the first time Carmichael has been a finalist.

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