NFL Hall of Fame member & former Highland High Star Tommy McDonald dies

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The man who led the Philadelphia Eagles to a league championship in 1960 has died.

Tommy McDonald played high school football at Highland High School after moving to Albuquerque from Roy, New Mexico. After a solid career at Highland, McDonald moved on to Oklahoma and college football where he was a two time All American for the Sooners.

McDonald helped lead the Philadelphia Eagles to a league championship in 1960 and was a six-time pro bowl selection. McDonald was always known for his colorful personality. He put it on full display when he was enshrined in Pro Football’s Hall of Fame in 1998. 

“Do I look excited, like I just won the lottery or the jackpot? Yes! I’m in the Hall of Fame,” said McDonald.

McDonald, holding his Hall of Fame bust, tossed it in the air and said, “Does it look like me? I’m suppose to have good hands. I want to celebrate a little bit.”

He then followed that by pulling out a beat box and playing the Bee Gees hit, “Staying Alive.”

McDonald was 84 years old.

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