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Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame executive Jim Gallagher dies

By The Sports Xchange
Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame executive Jim Gallagher dies
Courtesy Philadelphia Eagles Twitter

Jim Gallagher, an executive with the Philadelphia Eagles for 46 years and an inductee in the team's Hall of Fame, died at the age of 88.

Gallagher, who worked for the team from 1949-95, passed away Friday morning in Plymouth Meeting, Pa., the Eagles announced Saturday.

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"Jim was one of the kindest and most remarkable men you could ever meet," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "His dedication to this organization went far beyond the 46 years he spent here, and his impact was far reaching.

"Everyone who was fortunate enough to meet Jim knows how much he loved the Eagles, but also how much he truly cared for and invested in the lives of others. 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."

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Gallagher served in multiple roles -- both in football operations and on the business side -- during his employment with the organization. He was named personnel director in 1957 before assuming the roles of director of public relations, director of sales and marketing, director of alumni relations and finally as the traveling secretary. He retired on Aug. 1, 1995 -- the same year the Eagles inducted him into the team's Hall of Fame.

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During his 46-year stint with the Eagles, Gallagher worked with 17 head coaches and for 12 owners, general managers and team presidents.

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