Raines product Harold Carmichael elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Receiver starred in the NFL with Eagles

Former Raines High School player Harold Carmichael is shown during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 14, 1980. (AP Photo/Clem Murray) (Clem Murray, AP)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Harold Carmichael is headed for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Raines High School product and all-time receiving leader with the Philadelphia Eagles was announced as an inductee of the game’s Centennial Class on Wednesday morning.

He joins 14 other members in the Centennial Class that will be inducted this year.

It continues a stellar stretch of honors for area products.

Former Raines player Brian Dawkins became the Vikings’ first hall of famer in 2018 and Charlton County graduate Champ Bailey was inducted last year. Another player who played high school ball in Jacksonville, Lee High’s Leroy Butler, is on the hall of fame ballot this year. Butler, along with former Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli, will learn if they are inducted on Feb. 1.

Carmichael played with Philadelphia from 1971 to 1983 and remains the team’s leader in receiving touchdowns (79), receiving yards (8,978) and career catches (589). He finished his career with the Cowboys in 1984.

In a statement, Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie said that Carmichael, who was 6-foot-8, changed the way the position was played.

"Congratulations to Harold Carmichael on being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Our entire organization is so proud to see Harold earn this well-deserved honor. Harold revolutionized the wide receiver position and became one of the most productive players of his era and in the history of our franchise.

“He was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1987 and his records will always rank among the all-time greats, but Harold's true contributions to our game extend far beyond his on-field accomplishments. Harold has served as a role model, mentor, and friend to so many during his four-plus decades in Philadelphia as a player, executive, and ambassador. He is a one-of-a-kind person who loves this organization, who loves this city and its fans, and who treats everyone with dignity and respect. We are excited to celebrate this honor with Harold and his family."

Carmichael was a seventh-round pick of the Eagles in 1971 out of Southern.

About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.