Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the Eagles included.
The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was truly a bust – that being former running back Michael Haddix, who was in a word – terrible.
RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Haddix was a star in Mississippi State’s Wishbone offense, averaging six yards per carry on 425 carries from 1979 through ’82. In 1981, he led the SEC in yards per carry with 5.7, beating out big names such as Lionel “Little Train” James and Herschel Walker. The Eagles responded by selecting Haddix with the No. 8 pick in the 1983 draft, with guys like Bruce Matthews, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino and Darrell Green still on the board.
In return for their faith in his potential, Haddix rushed 401 times for 1,189 yards, three touchdowns and a paltry 3.0 yards per carry average. Haddix was a decent receiver, and became a good blocker as the Eagles realized he couldn’t get past his own limitations at the NFL level, but when he tacked on another 142 rushing attempts for the Packers in 1989 and ’90, he was able to claim the record for the lowest career yards per carry average (3.0) for any back in NFL history with more than 500 carries. Not a bad pick in the sixth round, but eighth overall? What were the Eagles thinking?