Douglas, Cole to be inducted into Eagles Hall of Fame

Trent Cole and Hugh Douglas will be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame on November 27, when the Eagles host the Green Bay Packers.

The official announcement was made Friday night against the Jets during a halftime ceremony as part of the Eagles Legends Homecoming Game, in which many of the franchise’s greats returned to celebrate their time with the team.

The former defensive standouts both rank among the top six in career sacks for the Eagles, with Cole having registered 85.5 quarterback takedowns (second all-time) during his 10-year career and Douglas notching 54.5 (sixth all-time) during his six seasons with the team.

“Trent and Hugh were both high-impact pass rushers and consummate teammates,” said Jeffrey Lurie, Philadelphia Eagles Chairman and CEO, via a press release. “When we traded for Hugh, we knew we were getting a player who would immediately make our football team better. He was a tremendous leader on a defense that helped guide us to many deep postseason runs. Upon Hugh’s retirement, we were fortunate to acquire another talented edge rusher through the draft. Trent was a dynamic and durable player who provided us with an advantage on defense thanks to his endless motor, selfless style of play, and passion for the game. It will be an honor to officially enshrine them both in the Eagles Hall of Fame this season.”

The Eagles drafted Cole in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. The two-time Pro Bowler compiled double-digit sacks in four separate seasons, ranking second in team history behind Reggie White (eight double-digit sack seasons). His 155 games played in an Eagles uniform is third all-time among defensive linemen and 14th among all players in franchise history.

A first-round draft pick (16th overall) of the New York Jets in 1995, Douglas was acquired by Philadelphia in a trade during the 1998 offseason. As a member of the Eagles, he earned three consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl (2000-02) and a first-team All-Pro nod (2000). Douglas totaled three seasons with double-digit sacks, including a career-best 15 quarterback takedowns in 2000. After playing elsewhere in 2003, he returned to Philadelphia for his final NFL season in 2004, where he helped lead the team to Super Bowl XXXIX.

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