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PostSubject: The Philadelphia Eagles   The Philadelphia Eagles Icon_minitimeThu Apr 30, 2009 1:31 am


This is my home football team, and it turns out we've had a pretty interesting history! Read Below to find things about my home team.

Please note that this only goes up to our 1960 win for the third NFL Championship win.

1933: After the Frankford Yellowjackets folded a syndicate headed by Bert Bell and Lud Wray pay $25000 for the franchise for the purpose of placing a NFL team in Philadelphia. The club is christened "Eagles" in honor of the symbol of the New Deal's National Recovery Act. On October 15th the Eagles made their debut, with Lud Wray hold the coaching reigns, in New York by getting slaughtered by the Giants 56-0. A week later they did not do much better in their debut before the home fans of Philly being shut out by the Portsmouth Spartans 25-0. After losing to the Packers in Green Bay the Eagles finally won their first game on November 5 by beating the Cincinnati Reds 6-0 at the Baker Bowl. The Eagles would go on to finish their inaugural season with a 3-5-1 record.

1934: The Eagles continue to struggle in their second season losing their first 6 games. However, the Eagles would finish the season on a strong note by winning 4 of their last 5 games to finish with a 4-7 record.

1935: The Eagles continue to struggle finishing with a horrid 2-9 record. Following the season Bert bell buys out Lud Wray and becomes the team's sole owner.

1936: Bert Bell now the sole owner of the Eagles proposes that the NFL start an annual draft for college players to equalize talent in the league. In the very first draft the Eagles would have the first pick and they select QB Jay Berwanger who recently had won the first Heisman Trophy. However, Berwanger had no intention of ever playing pro-football so he would never sign. Bert Bell would also take over as head coach and would not have any more success on the field winning his first game, but losing the next 11 to finish with an awful 1-11 record, as the Eagles are held to 51 points on the season, as the Eagles move from the Baker Bowl to Municipal Stadium.

1937: After losing their first 3 games the Eagles snap a 14-game losing streak over 2 seasons by tying the Chicago Cardinals at Municipal Stadium. After a home loss to the New York Giants the Eagles finally get a win by stunning the eventual NFL Champions Redskins 14-0 in Washington. The Eagles would go on to finish with a 2-8-1 record.

1938: The Eagles shows signs of improvement playing solid football at times on the way to a 5-6 record, which was bolstered by 2 straight wins to close the season.

1939: Davey O'Brien an All-American QB signs with the Eagles for a reported $12,000 per year salary and percentage of the gate. O'Brien plays in every game and sets NFL passing yardage record with 1,324 yards. Despite the success of O'Brien the Eagles can only muster a 1-9-1 record, but they would make history. On October 22nd, the Eagles play in the first televised NFL game and fall to the host Brooklyn Dodgers, 23-14. Allan "Skip" Walz broadcasts the game for WNBC from Ebbetts field to approximately 1,000 TV sets then in Brooklyn. Despite the success of O'Brien the Eagles can only muster a 1-9-1 record, but they would make history.

1940: After selling the Pittsburgh Steelers to Alexis Thompson, Art Rooney buys a half interest in the Eagles, who move their games to Shibe Park. However, the Eagles would limp a long again finishing with an awful 1-10 record. Following the season Rooney along with Eagles co-founder Bert Bell would swap franchises with Thompson. Bell, who also departed his post as Eagles coach, would one day go on to be commissioner of the NFL.

1941: With Greasy Neale now coaching the Eagles, the team continues to struggle posting a 2-8-1 record, while returning to play in Municipal Stadium for 1 season.

1942: Now moving to Shibe Park full time the Eagles continue to be one of the worst teams in the NFL posting a wretched 2-9 record, which lands them in last place again.

1943: With a shortage of players due to World War II the Eagles merge with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and become the Phil-Pitt Steagles, with both teams coaches splitting duties. The Steagles would actually play competitive football posting a solid 5-4-1 record. Following the season Eagles owner Alex Thompson would dissolve the merger.

1944: Top draft pick RB Steve Van Buren, provides the spark that the Eagles need as they go unbeaten through their first 7 games, on the way to posting their first winning season at 7-1-2. However, they would miss winning the division championship by a half of game.

1945: Steve Van Buren leads NFL with 838 rushing yards and 110 points, as the Eagles finish in 2nd place again with a 7-3 record.

1946: The Eagles play mediocre football all season and wind up settling for 2nd place again after posting a disappointing 6-5 record.

1947: The addition of Rookie End Pete Pihos turns out to be the final piece of the puzzle as the Eagles finish in a tie for first place with an 8-4 record. In the Divisional Playoff the Eagles overpowering defense would shutdown the Steelers all day in a convincing 21-0 win in Pittsburgh. However, the Eagles would fall 28-21 in a heart stopping NFL Championship game with Cardinals in Chicago.

1948: After losing and tying their first 2 games the Eagles take off, soaring to a 9-2-1 record, which sees them easily capture the Eastern Division Championship. Making the Eagles fiercer is a defense that allows just 156 points on the season. In the NFL Championship Game the Eagles find themselves in a rematch with Chicago Cardinals. The game would be played in a blinding blizzard at Shibe Park. In the game known as the Blizzard Bowl the Eagles defense smothers the Cardinals on the way to a 7-0 victory that earns the Eagles its first NFL Championship.

1949: The Eagles are sold to a 100 buyers, each of whom paid $3,000 for one of the 100 shares. They were called the "Happy Hundred" or the "100 Brothers." Their leader was James P. Clark, a Philadelphia sportsman and business executive, and the 100 investors included some of the leading names in Philadelphia business, government and politics, including Leonard Tose. University of Pennsylvania All-American C & LB Chuck Bednarik is the team's 1st round draft choice. The addition of Bednarik makes the Eagles defense even stronger as they allow just 134 points while posting a franchise best 11-1 record to win their 3rd straight Eastern Division. In the NFL Championship Game the Eagles continued to soar smoother the Rams all day on the way to a 14-0 win in Los Angles for a 2nd straight NFL Championship.

1950: After playing solid football most of the season the Eagles go into a sudden tail spin falling out of competition with a season ending 4-game losing streak that end their season with a disappointing 6-6 record. Following the season Coach Greasy Neale would retire. He would be replaced by Bo McMillan.

1951: The Eagles would win their first 2 games under Coach Bo McMillan. However, the new coach was forced to resign after becoming ill. Under his replacement Wayne Millner the Eagles would struggle winning just 2 of 10 games on the way to a 4-8 record.

1952: With Jim Trimble taking over the coaching reigns the Eagles go back to playing solid football landing in 2nd place with a 7-5 record.

1953: Bobby Thomason and Adrian Burk combine to pass for a league-high 3,089 yards, as Pete Pihos catches 63 passes for 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead league. The would Eagles finish in 2nd place again with a 7-4-1 record, while snap the Cleveland Browns 11-game winning streak with 42-27 win in season finale.

1954: The Eagles continue to be one of the NFL's strongest teams finishing with a 7-4-1 record, to finish in 2nd place for the 3rd season in a row. Leading the Eagles success is PK Bobby Watson who led the NFL with 114 points.

1955: Pete Pihos again leads all NFL pass receivers with 62 catches for 864 yards. However, the Eagles would struggle to a 4-7-1 record. Following the season Coach Jim Trimble would be replaced by Hugh Devore.

1956: The Eagles offense never takes flight as they struggle to score 143 points on the season while landing in last place with a terrible 3-8-1 record. Despite the struggles the Eagles defense continued to be one of the strongest allowing just 215 points, during the frustrating season.

1957: The Eagles continue to struggle finishing with a 4-8 record. However, Rookie QB Sonny Jurgensen would play solid football all season, showing signs of brilliance at times. Following the season Coach Hugh Devore is fired and replaced by Buck Shaw.

1958: To give the team a veteran QB the Eagles acquire Norm Van Brocklin form the Los Angels Rams. The Eagles would continue to struggle falling into last place with a 2-9-1 record. However, despite the struggles the Eagles would double attendance moving to historic Franklin Field on the campus of Pennsylvania University.

1959: With Pete Retzlaff and Tommy McDonald his chief targets, QB Norm Van Brocklin becomes one of the league's top passers as the Eagles finish with a 7-5 record and finish in a 2nd place tie with the Cleveland Browns.

1960: The Eagles start the season out on the wrong foot losing their season n opener at home to the Cleveland Browns 41-24. A week later the Eagles would barely beat the expansion Cowboys 27-25 in Dallas. However, from there Eagles would soar winning 9 straight to capture the Eastern Division with a 10-2 record. Spurring on the Eagles is QB Norm Van Brocklin who has a spectacular season by passing for 2,471 yards, and Chuck Bednarik who plays 60 minutes a game at Center and Linebacker. Bednarik would make his presence felt in a big way in 17-10 over the Giants in New York on November 20th, when he laid a ferocious hit on Frank Gifford that nearly ended the star WR's career. In the NFL Championship Game at Franklin Field the Eagles faced the Green Bay Packers. After holding a 10-6 lead throughout the 3rd Quarter the Eagles suddenly found themselves trailing 13-10 when the Packers scored early in the 4th. However, Ted Dean would return the ensuing kickoff deep into Packers territory as the Eagles retook the lead 17-13 with 5:21 left in the game. The Packers would not go down quietly driving deep into Eagles territory. However, Bednarik would save the game with a crushing tackle of Jim Taylor on the 8-yard line as time expired, clinching the Eagles 3rd NFL Championship. Following the season both Coach Buck Shaw and QB Norm Van Brocklin would retire.
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PostSubject: Re: The Philadelphia Eagles   The Philadelphia Eagles Icon_minitimeThu Apr 30, 2009 8:51 am

lol cool history
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