Kicker David Akers to join Eagles HOF

07 December 2008: Philadelphia Eagles PK David Akers #2 watches his kick for an extra point during the game against the New York Giants on December 7th, 2008. The Eagles won 20-14 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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The Philadelphia Eagles will induct kicker David Akers into the team’s Hall of Fame this season. Akers is the franchise’s all-time leader in points, having been a member of the organization for 12 seasons.

Over the course of his career, Akers finished with 1,721 points, 1,323 with the Eagles. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection while with the franchise, making nearly 81 percent of his kicks during his time in the league.

Akers’ career began as an undrafted free agent, first attempting to join the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins. In 1998, he missed the only two kicks he attempted for the Redskins, leading to him joining the Eagles. The team quickly sent him to NFL Europe, before he returned and spent the next decade as a successful kicker.

Despite his great run with Philadelphia, the franchise let him leave a year too soon, as he went on to set the single-season record for field goals made (44) and points scored (166) by a kicker in 2011 with the San Francisco 49ers. His career concluded with two seasons on the 49ers, before he spent 2013 with the Detroit Lions.

Akers will be inducted during the team’s Oct. 23 home game against the Washington Redskins. He will become the first kicker to be selected to the team’s Hall of Fame, joining former teammates Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook in Eagles lore.

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