Friday, January 2, 2009

Question of the Week

Bob, Manville, NJ
Subj: Tall tales
Who was the tallest wide receiver in NFL history?

That honor belongs to Harold Carmichael, a bruising 6’8” receiver who played 13 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1971 until 1983. More than just a circus act, Carmichael was also a phenomenal football player who was named to four Pro Bowls and finished his career ranked sixth on the NFL’s all-time reception list with an eye-popping 590 catches. According to his former college coach Alva Tabor, Carmichael’s height dramatically changed the way the game is now played. "He made the NFL start looking more for tall wide receivers,” Tabor explains. “Harold had more than just hands. It was unbelievable what he could do just to get free from cornerbacks." A member of the Eagles’ Honor Roll since 1987, Carmichael still lives in Philadelphia where he serves as the team’s director of player/community relations.