Legendary Eagles wide receiver Harold Carmichael named to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Martin Frank - Delaware Online Sports

Harold Carmichael, who starred for the Eagles from 1971-83, was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-8 wide receiver set several team records that still stand, including most receptions (589), receiving yards (8,978) and receiving touchdowns (79). Carmichael also tied a team record for most consecutive games played at 162.

Carmichael was part of a group of 15 senior players, coaches and special contributors named to the Hall of Fame to celebrate the NFL's centennial. The remaining five modern-day members will be named on Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl.

The induction ceremonies will be held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio from Aug. 6-9.

Carmichael was informed Wednesday morning by Hall president David Baker. Carmichael responded by saying, "I feel like I'm dreaming."

“Our entire organization is so proud to see Harold earn this well-deserved honor,” Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “Harold revolutionized the wide receiver position and became one of the most productive players of his era and in the history of our franchise."

Carmichael's best season came in 1973 when he led the NFL in both receptions (67) and receiving yards (1,116). It was the first of three seasons in which Carmichael surpassed 1,000 yards receiving.

Carmichael was selected to the Pro Bowl four times and was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1987. He was also a three-time All-Pro, and named to the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team.

Carmichael was the only NFL player with 500 or more receiving yards every season from 1973-83. He set an NFL record for most consecutive games with a reception with 127 from 1972-80, a mark that has since been broken.

Not bad for someone who came to the Eagles as a seventh-round draft pick out of Southern University in 1971.

Carmichael served as the team’s Director of Player and Community Relations from 1998-2017.

“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.”

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