On Monday, November 28, the Philadelphia Eagles inducted longtime play-by-play announcer Merrill Reese and former linebacker Jeremiah Trotter into the team's Hall of Fame. Reese is in his 40th season as the Voice of the Eagles. Trotter was considered the pulse of the early 2000s Eagles defenses that helped lead the team to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX.
"My greatest accomplishment, as a professional, is to be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame," Reese said. "To be recognized as someone who the Eagles feel is worthy of their Hall of Fame."
"I thank God every day that I spent a majority of my career in Philadelphia,” Trotter said. “You talk about a first-class organization. You talk about a fan base that is the greatest in the National Football League. That’s my home."
The festivities kicked off on Sunday, November 27 with a brunch honoring the inductees at Lincoln Financial Field. Over 200 fans attended the gala event which featured a Q&A session with not only Reese and Trotter, but former Eagles greats Bill Bergey, Quintin Mikell, Mike Quick and Brian Westbrook.
These limited-edition posters featuring the Class of 2016 were featured on T-shirts and mugs.
On Monday evening, before the induction ceremony, the Philadelphia Eagles welcomed back 13 members of their Hall of Fame - Eric Allen, Maxie Baughan, Bill Bergey, Bill Bradley, Leo Carlin, Harold Carmichael, Brian Dawkins, Ron Jaworski, Donovan McNabb, Mike Quick, Pete Retzlaff, Dick Vermeil and Brian Westbrook - as Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie presented them with brand new Hall of Fame jackets.
Jeremiah Trotter (left) and Merrill Reese (right) met with Eagles Charitable Foundation Radiothon winner Jackson, and team president Don Smolenski spent time with Trotter's sons, Jeremiah Jr. and Josiah.
Reese and Trotter entertained Season Ticket Members at an Insider Series event hosted by Dave Spadaro at the NovaCare Complex before the game with great stories about their time with the Eagles.
In his 40 seasons of being the soundtrack to Eagles games for fans, Reese said that his favorite victory to call was the Miracle at the New Meadowlands in 2010 - the unforgettable comeback that ended with DeSean Jackson returning a punt 65 yards for the first-ever walk-off punt return touchdown in NFL history.
Trotter looked into the audience at the NovaCare Complex and vividly recalled the win on January 23, 2005 that sent the Eagles to the Super Bowl.
“I think one of the best games I ever played in was that NFC Championship Game against Atlanta,” Trotter said. “That was one of the coldest games I ever played in and I’d look in the stands and see Eagles fans with their shirts off. I was like, ‘Man, these guys are crazy!’"
Reese may have been the center of attention on Monday night, but his primary focus was on the Packers-Eagles game. His biggest concern was being able to make it from the radio booth down to the field for the induction ceremony at halftime then returning to his perch without missing a single moment of the action.
"I'd like to thank you, the most loyal, passionate and wonderful fans in the entire NFL," Reese said.
Rest assured, Reese did not miss a single moment of the action.