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#24 - Nate Ramsey
« on: July 19, 2009, 09:02:26 PM »



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Nate Ramsey


A solid and consistent member of the defensive backfield, Nate Ramsey played primarily at strong safety as well as cornerback for the Eagles from 1963 thru 1972.

A native of Neptune, NJ, Nate was selected by the Eagles in the 14th round of the 1963 draft out of Indiana. While there had been some speculation that he might be used as a running back, the decision was made during his first training camp to put him in the defensive backfield. After a mediocre rookie season in which he played largely a fill-in role, Ramsey moved into the starting lineup in ’64 and stayed there for the next nine seasons. Due to his size (6’1”, 200 pounds) and tackling ability, after some appearances at cornerback he was moved to strong safety and was a fixture at that position until 1971, when he was moved back to cornerback to make way at safety for converted RB Leroy Keyes.

While he too-often labored in anonymity, Nate had his share of highlights which most notably included three interceptions in a game against the Cardinals at St. Louis in 1965 (returned for 65 yards), and a 26-yard interception return of a Johnny Unitas pass for a TD against the Baltimore Colts in ’69 (his only score). His interception of a Y.A. Tittle pass against the Giants in 1964 set up a score as the Birds went on to win, 23-17, at Yankee Stadium. A 4th quarter interception of a Frank Ryan pass in 1966 helped the Eagles to a win over the Browns that helped secure a second place finish and trip to the Playoff Bowl following that season (for what that was worth). In a 1965 contest at Pittsburgh in which the Eagles defense set an NFL record by intercepting 9 passes, Ramsey not only accounted for one of the pickoffs but recovered a fumble that set up a score to spur the 47-13 win. On Thanksgiving Day of 1968, Nate’s last minute interception of a pass by Detroit QB Greg Landry on his own five-yard line with a minute to play snuffed out the Lions’ last scoring hope as the Eagles won, 12-0, for their first win of an otherwise miserable season.

Altogether, he intercepted a total of 21 passes for the Eagles, with a high of 6, returned for 74 yards (also his career high), in 1965. Nate led the NFL with 5 fumble recoveries in 1971.

Injuries included a severe neck sprain that forced Nate to miss a game in 1964. He also suffered a rib injury in the 1970 season-opening loss to Dallas that caused him to miss the next two games. Seriously wounded in a shooting in West Philadelphia in December of 1970, Ramsey fortunately recovered and resumed his playing career in ’71.

Nate was waived by the Eagles during the 1973 preseason after losing his starting job to rookie Joe Lavender (not helped by his being openly critical of new Head Coach Mike McCormack and the defensive coaching staff). He signed with the New Orleans Saints, appearing in four games and spending time on the team’s taxi squad, in what was his final NFL season.

A quiet player off the field, Nate Ramsey was all-too-often overlooked on it, but he appeared in 134 games for the Eagles, started the vast majority of them, was a co-captain of the defense, and a durable, dependable and hard-hitting defensive back. There were players, particularly during Nate’s time with the team, about whom far less could be said.

Nate Ramsey’s career interception record with the Eagles:

Year
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
G
14
13
14
12
14
14
14
11
14
14
Int.
1
5
6
1
0
2
2
1
0
3
Yds.
0
31
74
0
0
0
26
0
0
14
TD
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
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Re: #24 - Nate Ramsey
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2009, 09:14:08 PM »

Other Eagles who wore #24:

Joe Carpe (T, 1933)
Howard Auer (T, 1933)
Jack Knapper (HB/DB, 1934)
Dick Lackman (HB/DB, 1935)
Reds Bassman (TB/HB/DB, 1936)
Joe Pilconis (E, 1937)
Allen "Rabbit" Keen (HB/DB, 1938)
Dom Moselle (DB/HB, 1954)
George Taliaferro (HB, 1955)
Don Schaefer (FB, 1956)
Artimus Parker (DB, 1974-76)
Henry Monroe (DB, 1979)
Zac Henderson (DB, 1980)
Ray Ellis (DB, 1981-85 - 2nd runner-up)
Russell Gary (DB, 1986)
Alan Reid (RB, 1987)
Reggie Brown (RB, 1987 - replacement player)
Alan Dial (DB, 1989)
Corey Barlow (DB, 1992-94)
Tim McTyer (DB, 1997-98)
Darnell Autry (RB, 2000)
Rod Smart (RB, 2001)
Blaine Bishop (DB, 2002)
Sheldon Brown (DB, 2003-09 - a very close 1st runner-up)
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Re: #24 - Nate Ramsey
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009, 10:54:11 PM »

how is sheldon not the winner here?
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Re: #24 - Nate Ramsey
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2009, 11:14:15 PM »

Ramsey played just that much longer with the Eagles. Close call, for sure.
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Re: #24 - Nate Ramsey
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2009, 11:16:29 PM »

faiur enough
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Re: #24 - Nate Ramsey
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2009, 11:51:47 PM »

check out that sweet stache
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Re: #24 - Nate Ramsey
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2009, 12:53:20 AM »

Ramsey played just that much longer with the Eagles. Close call, for sure.

So we can safely assume thta Ramsey will keep his spot for another decade or more.
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Re: #24 - Nate Ramsey
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2009, 05:12:20 AM »

how is sheldon not the winner here?

He better win #39, that's for sure...
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Re: #24 - Nate Ramsey
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2009, 02:00:01 PM »

how is sheldon not the winner here?

Sheldon hasn't been shot yet
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