No. 60 is hallowed in Philadelphia. Hall of Fame center/linebacker Chuck Bednarik wore No. 60. Of course, Bednarik was known as the last of the 60-minute men, as he played the entire game on both sides of the football.
And the Eagles defeated the Packers, 17-13, to win the 1960 NFL championship. Almost fittingly, it was Bednarik who stopped Packers running back Jim Taylor at the 8-yard line to cement the win on the last play of the game.
The Eagles announced on Monday that they would be honoring that 1960 championship during the team’s home opener vs. the Packers with a celebration at halftime and they also unveiled 1960 kelly green throwback jerseys that the team will wear (via the team’s official Web site).
Hall of Fame players Bednarik and Tommy McDonald, along with Pete Retzlaff joined some current Eagles to model the jerseys. Retzlaff spoke on behalf of the championship team, saying what a special time that was in Philadelphia. Retzlaff said that the Philadelphia fans were demanding back then, “even if they don’t know what they are talking about.”
Retzlaff noted that players from that team rarely had to pick up a check in Philadelphia from the day after that game, or until the next season because managers and fans were willing to pay the tab. A good thing, too since the players did not make much money back then, Retzlaff joked.
Hopefully that trio didn’t expect WR DeSean Jackson to pick up the bill today, because he feels that he is underpaid.
The Eagles are not the only team breaking out throwback jerseys this year. The Packers already announced that they would honor their 1920s team with a third jersey.
The Bears will honor the 1940s — when the ‘Monsters of the Midway’ won four titles — by wearing their throwbacks twice this season.