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Philly March Madness: (1) Reggie White vs. (16) Hersey Hawkins

Mar 22, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

Over the next few weeks at The700Level, we’ll be posting poll matchups as part of our Philly March Madness competition. Examine the cases of the two fine Philadelphia athletes below, and cast your vote at the bottom as to which you think should advance to the next round. And as always, feel free to explain your selection and/or debate the choices in the comments section.

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(1) Reggie White

One of the most disruptive players in NFL history, Reggie White finished his NFL career as the all-time leader in sacks. Bruce Smith eventually passed him, by two, and only after spending an additional three years in the league. The Minister of Defense began his career in the USFL, spending two seasons there before signing with the Eagles in 1985. He was an instant star, earning Rookie of the Year honors, and going on to become a first team All-Pro in six consecutive seasons from ’86 and ’91. In 1987, he set a team record with 21 sacks in a mere 12 games played, and followed up with an 18 sack campaign in ’88 to earn a pair of Defensive Player of the Year Awards. At 6’5″, 300 lbs., White had unrivaled burst to go along with scary strength. When NFL players won the right to unrestricted free agency in 1993, coming about through a lawsuit in which White was a plaintiff, the future Hall of Fame defensive end had many suitors. Unfortunately, then Eagles owner Norman Braman refused to pay him a fair a salary, and White departed for Green Bay. During his eight seasons in Philly, Reggie had 124 sacks in 121 games. He was a member of both the 80′s and 90′s All-Decade teams, the NFL’s 75th Anniversary team, and recently was voted the 7th greatest player in league history. His image and number 92 continues to adorn the only individual player banner at Lincoln Financial Field. -Kulp

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(16) Hersey Hawkins

Hersey Hawkins was drafted sixth overall in 1988 by the Clippers after being named the National College Player of the Year. He was acquired by the Sixers on draft day and started off his first season in Philadelphia by being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1989. He was a member of the infamous late 80s/early-90s Sixers teams that featured the Round Mound of Rebound who once famously assessed the 1990 squad as such, “There’s only two people we can’t do without and that’s me and Hawk. Anybody else we can replace.” Not exactly a lot to work with back then. Hersey scored 22.1 ppg in 1991 and was selected to his only All-Star game. According to a Bradley University website, Hawk reflected back on his career as not being a selfish enough player, “The only thing I would do differently is I probably would have been a little more selfish offensively. I think I could have scored a lot more points and made a couple more All-Star teams.” There’s no ‘I’ in Hersey. Hawkins played in Philly from 88-93 before stints with the Hornets, SuperSonics (RIP), and Bulls. My fondest memory of Hawk is the mental image of him gunning up three pointers while wearing those wonderfully awful shooting-star Sixers jerseys (RIP). -Enrico

Results So Far:

East Bracket:

(1) Julius Erving (91.8%) over (16) Von Hayes (8.2%)
(8) Simon Gagne (77.9%) over (9) Seth Joyner (22.1%)
(5) Eric Lindros (70.3%) over (12) Eric Allen (29.7%)
(4) Randall Cunningham (77.6%) over (13) Shane Victorino (23.4%)
(11) Cole Hamels (82.1%) over (6) Mark Recchi (17.9%)
(14) Tug McGraw (51.1%) over (3) Moses Malone (48.9%)
(7) Darren Daulton (74.0%) over (10) Andrew Toney (26.0%)
(2) Chase Utley (93.5%) over (15) Andre Waters (6.5%)

Midwest Bracket:

(1) Mark Howe (60.2%) over (16) David Akers (39.8%)
(9) Rod Brind’Amour (73.6%) over (8) Rick Tocchet (26.4%)
(5) Brian Westbrook (93.3%) over (12) Jayson Werth (6.7%)
(4) Mike Richards (85.1%) over (13) Trent Cole (14.9%)
(6) John LeClair (89.2%) over (11) Clyde Simmons (10.8%)
(3) Jimmy Rollins (75.8%) over (14) John Kruk (24.2%)
(7) Lenny Dykstra (51.9%) over (10) Dave Poulin (48.1%)
(2) Allen Iverson (83.1%) over (15) Jeremiah Trotter (16.9%)

West Bracket:

(1) Mike Schmidt (96.9%) over (16) Keith Byars (3.1%)
(9) Wilbert Montgomery (59.4%) over (8) Jeff Carter (40.6%)
(5) Ron Jaworski (83.5%) over (12) Bobby Abreu (16.5%)
(4) Ron Hextall (94.1%) over (13) Andre Iguodala (5.9%)
(6) Mike Quick (59.8%) over (11) Hugh Douglas (40.2%)
(3) Brian Dawkins (98.3%) over (14) Scott Rolen (1.7%)
(7) Maurice Cheeks (51.9%) over (10) Eric Desjardins (48.1%)