Akers boots his way into Eagles' Hall of Fame
The kicker set the franchise scoring record and was a bulwark of the Andy Reid era team.
The Eagles announced Wednesday that David Akers, the franchise's all-time leader in scoring (1,323) and games played (188), will be inducted into the team's Fall of Fame on Oct. 23, at halftime of the home game against the Washington Redskins.
Akers, 42, was an Eagle from 1999-2010, and made five Pro Bowls here, before finishing his career with the 49ers and the Lions. He was cut by the Panthers, Falcons, and Redskins before signing with the Eagles, who first allocated him to the Berlin Thunder.
"David Akers embodies everything we look for in a player, on and off the field," Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement released by the team. "He was talented, tough, reliable, and of course, clutch. He played a major role in the success of this franchise during his time here, but he also loved this city and our fans, and he made a tremendous impact in the community. We are proud to enshrine him alongside the greatest figures in Eagles history."
Akers was a part of nine playoff appearances with the Eagles, becoming the franchise's all-time playoff points leader (134), and was named to the NFL's all-decade team of the 2000s.