Eastern Michigan Eagles

Eastern Michigan Eagles

About Eastern Michigan Eagles

The Eastern Michigan Eagles represent Eastern Michigan University and have been active in college football since 1891. Over the years, the team has been given several names, including the Michigan State Normal College Normalites and the Eastern Michigan Hurons. They adopted their current nickname in May 1991, after being advised to drop the Native American imagery associated with their previous name. The Eagles have been part of the Mid-American Conference since 1971 and currently compete in the West Division.

The team's main rivals are the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Western Michigan Broncos. Since its conception in 2005, all three teams have competed annually for the Michigan MAC Trophy. Eastern Michigan have won the trophy four times, which is more than either of the other teams, with those wins coming in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012.

In terms of major success, the Eagles have won a total of ten Conference Championships. Their most successful era came during Elton Rynearson's spell as head coach, with titles coming in 1925, 1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930. Altogether, Eastern Michigan have achieved five undefeated seasons and have a 1-1 record in post-season bowl games. However, the team has an all-time losing record and endured winless seasons in 1891, 1910, 1941, 1949, 1960, 1961, 1981 and 2009. In the 1980s, the team suffered a losing streak which lasted for a total of 27 games.

Notable players to have come through the program include Charlie Batch, Lional Dalton and T. J. Lang. All three players went on to play in the National Football League and all three eventually became Super Bowl champions with their respective teams.

Since 1969, the Eagles have played home ...