Sometime, things don’t always go the way you intended them to. For the Eagles, they can say this about some of the running backs they’ve selected over the years.
Yesterday, we highlighted the best running backs the Eagles have ever drafted. Today, we explore the flip-side of that.
Here are the three worst running backs drafted by the Eagles in the team’s history.
After running for over 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns in his Alabama career, the Eagles picked up Stacy in the second round (48th overall) of the 1992 NFL draft. It was their first selection of the process at that point.
Stacy played in one game for the Eagles in the 1992 season, but recorded no stats. He was eventually released by the team at the end of the year.
He would never play a game in the NFL again, and was out of football until 1995. In 1994, Stacy was accused of assaulting his girlfriend. He was eventually acquitted of the crime during a trial.
He would go on to play four seasons in the Canadian Football League after the incident, before retiring from the sport.
My guess is that the Eagles expected more out of Haddix than they actually got.
Taken eighth overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, Haddix appeared to be the replacement for Eagles’ great Wilbert Montgomery. But sometimes, things don’t pan out that way.
In six seasons with the Eagles, Haddix rushed for only 1,189 yards. He put up somewhat similar numbers as a receiver, but failed to reach the end zone sufficiently.
Haddix holds the NFL record for fewest yards per carry (3.0) for a player with at least 500 NFL carries.
Three Pro Bowl running backs would be drafted after Haddix that year.
There have been hundreds of running backs throughout the course of NFL history that have run for more yards in one game than Jones did in four years with the Eagles.
The 19th overall pick in the 1967 NFL draft, Jones was an All-American while at Arkansas. His “best” season with the Eagles was in 1970, when he rushed for 44 yards on 13 carries.
He stopped playing football after that season, and years later became an assistant coach at Pitt. He would go on to coach future Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett in 1975. Go figure.