Harold Carmichael

  • 4 × Pro Bowl (1973, 1978-1980 )
  • 6 × All-Pro selection ( 1973, 1974, 1977-1980), 1 2 team
  • NFL 1970s All- Decade Team
  • Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1989 )
  • Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame (2008)
  • Florida Sports Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Philadelphia Eagles Honor Roll (1987 )
  • Walter Payton Man of the Year Award ( 1980)
  • NFC Champion (1980 )

Lee Harold Carmichael ( born September 22, 1949 in Jacksonville, Florida ) is a former American professional American football player. He played as a wide receiver and tight end in the National Football League ( NFL ) for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys.

Playing career

College career

Harold Carmichael played in high school clarinet in the school band, before he decided to play football as a quarterback. After his graduation he joined in 1967 from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,. For Southern Jaguars he played basketball and college football. In the football team Carmichael moved to the position of a wide receiver. In his senior year, he served as team captain of the football team and was selected to the All- American and All- Conference of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Professional career

Carmichael was drafted in 1971 by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round at 161st place. Of the Eagles, he was first employed as a tight end. Even in his rookie year game got his career a significant setback. In the ninth game of the season he scored against the Dallas Cowboys pass four catches for a room gain of 74 yards. However, he suffered while playing through a tackle by linebacker Lee Roy Jordan a knee injury that forced him to suspend the remainder of the season. In 1972 he returned as a wide receiver back in the team, but initially received little use time. The Eagles had this year under Offense Coordinator Tom Fears the worst offense of the league and won only two of 14 games. In 1973 Mike McCormack, the coach of the team from Philadelphia. In the same year the former wide receiver and Pro Bowl player Boyd Dowler took over the care of the wide receiver the Eagles. The rise of Carmichael one of the best wide receiver of his decade began. Carmichael began this year 67 passes from quarterback Roman Gabriel, achieving a gain of space of 1116 yards. Both values ​​were NFL Jahresbestleistungen.

The Eagles developed only with the commitment of head coach Dick Vermeil in 1976 to a top team. In 1978, Carmichael was able to qualify the first time for the play-offs, where they, however, prematurely 14:13 failed due to the Atlanta Falcons. Carmichael had in the first quarter of game can utilize a pass from quarterback Ron Jaworski for a touchdown, but this did not alter the defeat of his team.

After the Regular Season, 1979, the Eagles were able to qualify for the play- offs again. In the Wildcard game against the Chicago Bears Carmichael could catch six passes for an area gain of 111 yards. With two touchdowns, he contributed greatly to 27:17 victory of his team. Although Harold Carmichael also in the following Divisional play-off game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed an outstanding performance - with three catches pass he was able to achieve 92 yards extra space and a touchdown - the Eagles went with a 24:17 defeat from the square.

In 1980, Carmichael succeeded his only title. The Eagles had won in the regular season twelve of 16 games and met in the Divisional play-off game at the Minnesota Vikings. Carmichael could catch seven passes of Jaworski, including a touchdown pass in the second quarter of game. The team from Pennsylvania ultimately won with 31:17. In the NFC Championship game then the Eagles met the Dallas Cowboys, who had to admit defeat with 20:7 the Eagles. The victory meant qualification for the Super Bowl, where they met in the Super Bowl XV to the managed by Tom Flores Oakland Raiders. With five catches pass for a space saving of 83 yards Carmichael was once again one of the supports in the offense of his team, which did not alter the 27:10 defeat of his team. 1981 Carmichael played the last time with his Eagles in the play- offs. With a 27:21 defeat against the New York Giants, they failed, however, already in the Wildcard game. Carmichael scored his last touchdown in a play-off game. After the 1983 season was released Harold Carmichael of the Philadelphia Eagles. He signed a contract with the managed by Tom Landry Dallas Cowboys, but did not get beyond a reserve player and finished his career after a game year.

After the career

Harold Carmichael is currently working in the organization of the Philadelphia Eagles and is responsible for the development of the players. He is married and has a son. The family lives in Philadelphia.


Carmichael played four times in the Pro Bowl, was six times elected to the All-Pro and is a member of the NFL 1970s All- Decade Team, in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame and in the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. The Philadelphia Eagles honor him in the Honor Roll. In 1980 he received the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.