Longtime Eagles executive Jim Gallagher dies at 88

Solenn Plantier
Août 6, 2017

Long-time Philadelphia Eagles executive, Jim Gallagher, passed away on Friday morning.

Gallagher retired in August 1995 and was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame that year, becoming only the second executive in Eagles history to achieve said feat.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie called Gallagher "one of the kindest and most remarkable men you could ever meet" and said his impact on the club was "far reaching".

Gallagher joined the team in 1949 and served multiple roles, both in football operations and as a businessman. "To borrow one of his famous phrases, Jim was a 'first-round pick.' On behalf of the entire Eagles family, I would like to extend our condolences to the Gallaghers".

In 1957, he was named personnel director and helped with such tasks as sales and marketing, alumni relations and public relations.

Gallagher was a staple of the franchise as he was with the team for half of its existence and worked with 17 different coaches during his tenure. He retired on August 1, 1995 - the same year the Eagles inducted him into the team's Hall of Fame.

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