Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Akers named to NFL All-Decade Team

The Philadelphia Eagles announced that kicker David Akers was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team today. Akers led the NFL in scoring during this past decade with 1,169 points and earned four Pro Bowl berths. Along the way, Akers became the franchise’s all-time leader in many categories, including points scored, field goals and extra points. With 30 field goals made during the playoffs this decade, Akers ranks 3rd on the NFL’s all-time list behind Adam Vinatieri (42) and Gary Anderson (32).

"It is obviously a huge honor just to play that length of time in the NFL. To be able to be looked at in that high regard is surreal to me," Akers said. "I couldn't have done it without the Mike Bartrums, the Koy Detmers, the Jon Dorenboses, the Sav Roccas and great offensive lines and coaches helping me along the way. The Eagles have always believed in me and I am truly grateful for that.

“A lot of it goes to the consistency of the team, and of the team having confidence in me, from Mr. Lurie and Andy Reid on down. It keeps your confidence up. I have worked extremely hard over the years and I will continue to do so. I would like to play many more years with the Eagles. That would be a great, great thing."

Ex-Eagle safety Brian Dawkins also made the team.

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