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Former Eagles safety Wes Hopkins dies at age 57

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Wes Hopkins in a 1988 archive photo (Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — Former Philadelphia Eagles safety Wes Hopkins has died, according to FOX29 Eagles analyst and former Philly teammate Gary Cobb.

Hopkins was 57.

A Hall-of-Famer at Southern Methodist University, Hopkins was selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft and played his entire career in Philly. He was a standout on Buddy Ryan’s “Gang Green” defense, forming a fearsome tandem of hard-hitting safeties along with the late Andre Waters.

Hopkins spent 11 seasons in the NFL, retiring at the end of the 1993 campaign. He finished his career in Philly with 30 interceptions, 12 sacks, and one touchdown. He made one NFL Pro Bowl in 1985, when he was voted MVP of the Eagles defense by grabbing a career-high six interceptions.

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