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Welcome to football immortality, Harold Carmichael.

Wednesday morning was a day of happiness and fulfillment, for all the NFL greats who were named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Centennial Class.

But, when the names were called over a two-hour period and Pearson - who held a party for the announcements - didn't make the list.it was devastating. Carmichael, who retired in 1984 after 13 awesome years in Philadelphia, had already been selected to the Eagles' team Hall of Fame in 1987.

Carmichael remains the Eagles' all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.

In addition to the numbers, he has the accolades. In the postseason, Branch hauled in 73 receptions for 1,289 yards, an average of 17.7 yards per catch, and five touchdowns including three touchdowns in his three Super Bowl wins. He was voted the 1980 NFL Man of the Year and selected to the 1970s All-Decade Team. A three-time All-Pro in 12 seasons, Karras unofficially had 97 1/2 sacks - it was not an National Football League statistic in the 1950s and '60s, and was considered by Vince Lombardi the one Detroit player who could single-handedly disrupt the Packers.

"Our entire organization is so proud to see Harold earn this well-deserved honor", Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "He is a one-of-a-kind person who loves this organization, who loves this city and its fans, and who treats everyone with dignity and respect".

At times, it's hard to take the voting process for the Pro Football Hall of Fame seriously.

On Wednesday, Carmichael let the world know in an emotional phone call. The finalists will be deliberated by the Blue-Ribbon Panel in January from which 10 Seniors, three (3) Contributors and two (2) Coaches will be elected to the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020.



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