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Former Eagle visits Tacony PAL

Words of wis­dom: Former Eagle Mike Reichen­bach was the guest speak­er at the Ta­cony Po­lice Ath­let­ic League sum­mer camp on Aug. 20.

While the cur­rent Phil­adelphia Eagles were pre­par­ing for last week’s pre­season game against the Steel­ers, a former Eagle was shar­ing some of his com­pel­ling foot­ball and life ex­per­i­ences with a group of North­east youths.

Mike Reichen­bach was the guest speak­er at the Ta­cony Po­lice Ath­let­ic League sum­mer camp on Aug. 20. Reichen­bach was a line­back­er for the Eagles from 1984 to ’89, fol­lowed by a two-year stint with the 49ers. He spoke to the PAL campers about his life be­fore foot­ball, as well as his struggle to sur­vive as an NFL play­er.

Des­pite be­ing re­l­at­ively small for a line­back­er, Reichen­bach ex­celled at NCAA Di­vi­sion II East Strouds­burg Uni­versity. His in­tel­li­gence caught the eye of Mari­on Camp­bell, the Eagles’ head coach at the time. Reichen­bach soon made his name in the pro game and, when Buddy Ry­an took over the team, be­came the sig­nal caller in the new coach’s for­mid­able “46” de­fense, along­side greats in­clud­ing Reg­gie White and Jerome Brown.

Reichen­bach told the PAL campers that his hard work and ded­ic­a­tion as a youth were key to reach­ing his goals and his ul­ti­mate suc­cess. The ex-pro, who now coaches foot­ball at Cal­vary Chris­ti­an Academy in Somer­ton, fin­ished the day by speak­ing with campers in­di­vidu­ally, sign­ing auto­graphs and pos­ing for pho­tos. ••

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