Where does Jimmy Rollins rank among this generation of Philly athletes?
On Saturday, Jimmy Rollins took over sole possession of the highest mark for hits in the history of the Philadelphia Phillies. A fifth-inning single to right-field was the 2,235th of J-Roll's 14-year career in Philly and moved him one ahead of Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt.
Rollins' milestone got us thinking about where it puts him in the hierarchy of recent professional athletes to grace Philadelphia with their presences.
Though Allen Iverson hustled his way into Philly's heart and carried the Sixers on his back to the 2001 finals, the only statistical category he holds a record in (besides 3pt.-related lists) is turnovers. His 19,931 points fall about 1,500 shy of the mark set by Hall of Famer Hal Greer.
On the ice, no Flyer has scored more goals than Bill Barber, who lit the lamp 420 times in his career. John LeClair did it 333 times in orange and black and Eric Lindros offered 290 of his own in a career shortened by injuries, but neither of those is really all that close. Among active players, Simon Gagne leads the way with 294 goals.
The all-time leader in touchdowns for the Philadelphia Eagles is Harold Carmichael, who scored 79 in 171 games from 1972-83. Brian Westbrook came close to that mark with 68 (and it only took him 88 games to do), though LeSean McCoy is only 25 years old and has already scored 49 times. He could reach Carmichael's mark in two or three years (or 1.5 if he looks like he did in 2011). Really, Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins are the heavy contenders here, with McNabb leading the way in pretty much every statistical category related to quarterbacking and Dawkins having his number retired basically before he hung 'em up. The big number here is zero because that's how many championships they were able to win together.
For his part, Rollins shouldn't ever have to buy a beer in Philly again.