So long, Tom

Longtime Eagles defensive back and NFL broadcaster Tom Brookshier died Friday at the age of 78. Brookshier lost a battle with cancer.

Brookshier, one of seven Eagles to have his number retired, was a two-time All-Pro defensive back and played for the Eagles’ 1960 championship squad. He spent all seven of his professional seasons, interrupted by a stint in the Air Force, with the Eagles and finished his career with 20 career interceptions.

After his playing days ended, Brookshier teamed with Pat Summerall on CBS’s top broadcast team. The pair worked together for most of the 1970s on game broadcasts and also narrated the popular This Week in Football highlight show. He and Summerall parted ways when John Madden was elevated to the top team in 1981, but Brookshier remained with the network until 1987. 

I remember Brookshier and Summerall announcing as if it were yesterday, and they made an awesome team. I never knew Brookshier played for the Eagles. That was before all of the bad publicity was obtained by their fans that threw snowballs loaded with batteries. Brookshier seemed too classy to play for that city. He was a good guy.

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