As we continue to grind through the NFL Offseason we set our sights on the NFL Draft. This year with the draft being held in Philadelphia it only heightens the excitement around the event. Myself and my writing partner like others will hopefully be attending. Our draft coverage will really hit high gear at the beginning of April where we will be breaking down certain players giving our mock draft predictions. We will be getting back into our weekly Alumni Focus series from now until Training Camp. This weeks feature is on Honey Bun.
Hank Fraley had one of the best nicknames in town as far as I’m concerned. It doesn’t get better than Honey Bun. Fraley was an underrated center and OL for this team and really gave them stability up front. Fraley is an 11 year veteran. He carved out a nice living as an un-drafted talent out of Robert Morris University. Originally claimed by the Steelers he was cut before the year started and signed by the Eagles. After catching on he started and anchored the line for 5 years. Hank Fraley joined the likes Tre Thomas and Jon Runyan as dependable Eagles OL that gave McNabb all day to throw.
Fraley missed a few games to injury during the 05 season and eventually was replaced by Jamaal Jackson. During one of the games he was out, he was sitting in a box devouring a plate of wings. At the time Angelo Cataldi of WIP said he was eating himself out of the league. Little he did know he wouldn’t start another game for the Eagles. Not because he got to big, Jackson just became a better fit.
After leaving the Eagles in 2006 he signed with the Browns and played for 4 seasons, finally retiring after the 2010 season with the St. Louis now LA Rams. Fraley is now the OL coach with the UCLA Bruins.
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