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#22 (tie) - Duce Staley
« on: July 09, 2009, 08:44:44 PM »



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Duce Staley


The other half of the tandem at #22 is running back Duce Staley, who played for the Eagles from 1997 thru 2003. Like the other #22, Timmy Brown, Duce had highly productive seasons during a low period in the team’s history, but he was also an important contributor when the team began to win with regularity.

Duce was drafted by the Birds in the 3rd round in ’97, out of South Carolina. Like Timmy Brown, he saw scant duty in the backfield his rookie season, as Ricky Watters carried most of the load, but was used extensively on kickoff returns. He ran back 47 for 1139 yards (the second best season total in Eagles history), for a respectable 24.2 average; his longest return was for 57 yards at Washington. With Watters’ departure following that season, and injuries that hobbled Charlie Garner, Staley moved into the starting lineup and gained 1065 yards rushing and 432 more yards on 57 pass receptions for a team that went 3-13. He fumbled only twice all season, without losing any, and in the last six games consistently totaled over 100 yards of total offense per game, including 141 yards rushing on 30 attempts vs. Arizona.

Duce gained 1273 yards on 325 attempts (3.9 average) in 1999 and caught another 41 passes for 294 yards for a 5-11 team that was even more offensively challenged; indeed, he accounted for almost 41% of the Eagles’ total offense. Five times during the season he reached 100 yards rushing, with a high of 140 yards on 17 carries at Carolina, and just missed being voted into the Pro Bowl.

Staley’s 201 yards on 26 carries at Dallas in the 2000 season opener, including one TD and a 60-yard run to set up another score, was the second-highest single-game rushing total in the team’s history; counting pass receiving yardage, his 262 yards from scrimmage ranks as the most ever accumulated in one game by an Eagle. Unfortunately, a career-threatening foot injury knocked him out for the season following the fifth game.

Returning to action in 2001, Duce showed occasional flashes of the old running form, highlighted by back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances against Minnesota and Dallas, while splitting time with rookie Correll Buckhalter. However, his primary contribution was as a pass receiver out of the backfield, a role in which he caught a career-high 63 passes, including 11 (also a career high) in the season-opening loss to the Rams and 9 catches for 103 yards at San Francisco. Still, he lacked his previous explosiveness as a runner from scrimmage and missed four games with an injured shoulder.

Duce came back strong in 2002, starting all 16 games and reaching the 1000-yard mark (1029) for the third time. He had four 100-yard rushing games, with a high of 152 yards on 24 carries in a 20-10 win over Tampa Bay. With 541 receiving yards, Staley became the second Eagle (after Wilbert Montgomery) to accumulate over 1000 yards rushing and 500 yards on pass receptions in the same season (his 1570 yards from scrimmage were a career high). He totaled 217 yards of total offense (135 rushing, 82 receiving) in a 38-14 win over the Cardinals at Veterans Stadium.

Duce found himself sharing the running back duties with Buckhalter and the up-and-coming Brian Westbrook in 2003, and while his overall numbers suffered, he averaged a solid 4.8 yards-per-carry on his 96 rushing attempts. With his role diminishing, Duce left the Eagles as a free agent following the '03 season, signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played until 2006.

The 5’11”, 220- pound Staley wasn’t a flashy runner, but made the most of his ability to burst through the line and had excellent vision and balance. Running with great determination, he always fought for the extra yard and was a solid pass blocker as well.

Overall with the Eagles, Staley ran the ball 1200 times for 4807 yards (4.0 average) and 22 TDs. He had a total of 13 100-yard rushing games. His longest run was for a 64-yard TD against the Giants in the ’98 season finale. Duce also caught 275 passes for 2498 yards (9.1 average) and 10 touchdowns. He had one 100-yard receiving game (the 103-yard performance at San Francisco in 2001). His longest reception was for a 52-yard TD in 2003 at Dallas. Adding rushing and pass receiving yards together, Staley accumulated 7305 yards from scrimmage.

Having missed the post-season due to injury in 2000, Duce made it to the playoffs following the ’01 season and scored touchdowns in each of the three games – an impressive 23-yard catch-and-run against Tampa Bay (his longest postseason pass reception); a 6-yard reception at Chicago; and a one-yard run at St. Louis. In a total of seven postseason games he ran the ball 93 times for 384 yards (4.1 average) and two touchdowns, and caught 35 passes for another 263 yards (7.5 average) and 3 TDs. His best rushing total was 79 yards, on 13 attempts, against Carolina in the NFC Championship game loss following the 2003 season (his last game in an Eagles uniform); his 8 receptions for 58 yards against the Rams in the NFC Championship game following the 2001 season were his high figures for both catches and pass receiving yards. Duce’s longest postseason run was for 22 yards in the NFC Divisional playoff against Green Bay following the 2003 season.

An unselfish team leader, Duce Staley brought an admirable toughness and determination to his play on the field and was always popular with the fans. The Chinese lettering tattooed on his right forearm that stood for “never satisfied” seemed to aptly sum up his approach to the game.

Duce Staley’s career record with the Eagles:

RUSHING

Year
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
G
16
16
16
5
13
16
16
Att.
7
258
325
79
166
269
96
Yds.
29
1065
1273
344
604
1029
463
Avg.
4.1
4.1
3.9
4.4
3.6
3.8
4.8
TD
0
5
4
1
2
5
5

PASS RECEIVING

Year
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
G
16
16
16
5
13
16
16
Rec.
2
57
41
25
63
51
36
Yds.
22
432
294
201
626
541
382
Avg.
11.0     
7.6   
7.2 
8.0 
9.9
10.6
10.6   
TD
0
1
2
0
2
3
2
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Re: #22 (tie) - Duce Staley
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2009, 08:55:02 PM »

Other Eagles who wore #22:

Henry Obst (G, 1933)
Ed Storm (HB/FB/TB/DB, 1934-35)
Jim Russell (T, 1936)
Elmer Kolberg (OE/DB, 1939)
Ralph Goldston (HB, 1952, 54-55)
Lee Riley (DB, 1956, 58-59)
Cyril Pinder (RB, 1968-70)
Larry Marshall (KR, 1974-77)
Brenard Wilson (DB, 1979-86)
Robert Lavette (RB, 1987)
Jacque Robinson (RB, 1987 - replacement player)
Mark Higgs (RB, 1989)
Vai Sikahema (KR, 1992-93)
Marvin Goodwin (DB, 1994)
James Saxon (FB, 1995)
James Fuller (DB, 1996)
Eric McCoo (RB, 2004)
Joselio Hanson (DB, 2006-07)
Asante Samuel (DB, 2008-09)

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Re: #22 (tie) - Duce Staley
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2009, 09:56:28 PM »

For the record I would still like to impregnate Duce. I can't believe it's been 5 years since he played for the birds. He's on the short list.
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Re: #22 (tie) - Duce Staley
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2009, 10:35:37 PM »

"that's eagles football, baby! mash, mash, mash, score."

Andy disagrees.
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Re: #22 (tie) - Duce Staley
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2009, 12:01:42 AM »

met Duce at a bar years ago.  at the time Duce said the Eagles LB's sucked (+1), he loves Pinkston (-1), McNabbs accuracy stunk (+1), He didnt care for Reid (+1), said Zach Thomas was crap (+1), was cool enough to talk to two drunk ass eagles fans for 45 min.  (+ 10000000000)

Duce is the man.

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Re: #22 (tie) - Duce Staley
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2009, 01:45:30 AM »

i remember you telling that story.  lucky bastich.

it should also be noted that in 1998, duce played the final 6 or 8 games with a hernia.  tough sob. 
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Re: #22 (tie) - Duce Staley
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2009, 10:16:14 AM »

I remember that too. What year was that and which collection of stiffs were lined at up at LB? Was he ripping Five Fo?

Duce is another all time favorite of mine. Top 5.

lol at Eric McCoo.
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Re: #22 (tie) - Duce Staley
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2009, 10:19:46 AM »

You know damn well he was ripping that pile of garbage.
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Re: #22 (tie) - Duce Staley
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2009, 10:24:40 AM »

Like a moth to a flame! I knew you'd dish your tough love, Mister!
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Re: #22 (tie) - Duce Staley
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2009, 08:44:42 AM »

i remember you telling that story.  lucky bastich.

it should also be noted that in 1998, duce played the final 6 or 8 games with a hernia.  tough sob. 

Yep... it seemed like he always had something bothering him, but he just powered through that shtein... and he did it during a time when he was ALL the Eagles had.

Much love for Duce to this day.  One of my all-time faves.
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Re: #22 (tie) - Duce Staley
« Reply #10 on: July 11, 2009, 11:05:20 AM »

Still one of my all-time favorites.  Reid used him like a cum sock in the end and for that alone he should burn in Richard Simmons Hell.
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Re: #22 (tie) - Duce Staley
« Reply #11 on: July 11, 2009, 11:35:47 AM »

DUUUUUCCCCEEEEEE!!
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