THE EAGLES yesterday announced the retirement of 65-year-old Harold Carmichael, who lost his player development role early in the Chip Kelly regime and since has been working in fan relations. The team said Carmichael, an Eagles Hall of Fame receiver, will continue to work informally as an ambassador for the team.
"I have so many memories. I grew up as a football player in this city and with this team and it was special," Carmichael, whose 579 catches for 8,978 yards remain franchise records, told the Eagles' website. He arrived as a seventh-round draft choice in 1971 and played here through the 1983 season.
"We developed a great bond from those teams that exists to this day. Then I came back to the organization after being away from the game - but I was still involved with the organization and the fans - and worked in player development [starting] in 1998 and created another series of memories," Carmichael said. "It's all been very special. I've been blessed so many times over. Now I'm going to move to another phase of my relationship with the Philadelphia Eagles, just not in a full-time role. I still am an asset. I still have value and I'm looking forward to this next step."
Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said: "Harold is one of the legendary figures in Eagles history. But as outstanding as he was as a player for this organization, I believe he was equally if not more impactful as a role model and a mentor to our players. He bleeds Eagles green and it was not hard to sense his passion to help younger players who needed some sort of assistance, guidance or just a friendly set of ears. I wish him and his wife, Bea, and his entire family all the best in his retirement."
The NFL announced the dates for spring work today for all 32 teams. The Eagles can begin workouts April 20. Their onfield OTA dates are May 26-28, June 1-2, June 4, and June 8-11. Mandatory minicamp is June 16-18 . . . The team announced that left tackle Jason Peters will donate a $1,000 equipment grant to the Ivy Hill Saints of the Keystone State Youth Football League. The grant arose from Peters being named to USA Football's All-Fundamentals team; he could choose which youth football entity received it.