February 04, 2005

Writer wins Eagles-themed office contest

By wearing a custom jersey of former running back Heath Sherman, pictured, J. Michael Weitzel is treated to free lunch.

READING – Berks Phillies Fan J. Michael Weitzel won his office "dress up in Eagles clothing" contest, by wearing a rare, custom-made Heath Sherman jersey from 1992.

"This is an honor I've wanted for a long time," Weitzel said, "This is a fitting tribute to my team, my family, and to running back Heath Sherman."

Sherman played for the Eagles from 1989 to 1993. He rushed for a career-high 685 yards in 1990, and averaged 5.3 yards-per carry in 1992.

In the postseason, Sherman rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles 36-20 win against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wildcard.

In 1994, the team cut Sherman after he failed to pass the team physical following major reconstructive knee surgery. He would have entered the second year of a $3 million contract in 1994.

Weitzel's Sherman jersey is home white with kelly-green numbers and stitching. Sherman wore number 23 for the Eagles before cornerback Troy Vincent popularized the number in 1996.

Nicknamed "The Sherman Tank," he was named to the Texas A&M-Kingsville (TAMUK) Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996, an honor he shares with current Eagle offensive lineman Jermaine Mayberry and current Eagles offensive line coach Juan Castillo.

Weitzel was taken to the Wyndham Hotel lunch buffet in Reading.

Unlocking the Heath Sherman archives
For more on Heath Sherman emergence in 1992, click here.

For the story on why he was cut in 1994, click here.


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