Kyle Eckel is a National Football League fullback for the Philadelphia Eagles. He entered the NFL in 2005 when he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots before being cut by the team and later signed by the Miami Dolphins. He spent the 2006 season on the Dolphins practice squad and played in no regular season games. On September 3, 2007, the Patriots signed Eckel to their practice squad. He saw his first action in a NFL regular season game on October 1, 2007, in a game vs the Cincinnati Bengals when he was signed to the Patriots active roster. In the game, Eckel was part of the special teams coverage unit and also had three rushing attempts for eleven yards in the forth quarter of the game. Two weeks later, in a game vs. the Dallas Cowboys, Eckel scored his first career NFL touchdown on a one-yard run.
- Patriots Football Weekly, Paul Perillo, August 23, 2005, "Eckel hopes to be on board"
- Daily News, Joseph Santoliquito, September 4, 2007, "Kyle Eckel has a special calling to be a New England Patriot"
- Boston Globe, Mike Riess, September 3, 2007, "2 to practice squad"
- Patriots.com, October 1, 2007, "Patriots sign FB Kyle Eckel to active roster"
- Boston Globe, October 1, 2007, "In-game notes"
- NFL.com, NFL Game Center: New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals, Week 4 - October 01, 2007
- ESPN.com, Bill Simmons, October 15, 2007, "Kneel before the Pats -- 'cause the Pats ain't kneeling"