Former Eagles executive and South Jersey high school football coach Harry Gamble died this morning at age 83.
"Harry is a legendary football figure in the city of Philadelphia and South Jersey," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "He was an excellent football coach, executive and philanthropist, but he will be remembered most for his warm personality, his strong character and his love for his family. He will be sorely missed."
Gamble's family includes son Tom Gamble, who is current the Eagles' vice-president of player personnel. Tom Gamble returned to the Eagles prior to last season from a job with the San Francisco 49ers in part to be close to his father. He also cited that as the reason he turned down an offer during this offseason to become Miami's general manager.
Harry Gamble grew up in Pitman (Gloucester County) and coached at both Clayton and Audubon High Schools from 1954-61. He also served as head coach at Lafayette (1967-70) and the University of Pennsylvania (1971-80) before originally joining the Eagles as a volunteer assistant under coach Dick Vermeil in 1981. He eventually was named general manager in 1985 by then-owner Leonard Tose and was the team's president from 1986-94.
Gamble is survived by his wife, Joan, sons Harry and Tom, and three grandchildren.