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Philadelphia Eagles in History

Events in Sport

  • 1933-07-09 Frankford Yellowjackets sold, rechristened Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1933-10-15 Philadelphia Eagles play 1st NFL game, lose to NY Giants 56-0
  • 1934-11-06 NFL Philadelphia Eagles beat Cincinnati Reds 64-0
  • 1935-11-03 Philadelphia Eagles beat Boston Redskins, 7-6 at Fenway Park; respective quarterbacks combine to throw an NFL record 11 interceptions
  • 1936-02-08 1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1936-12-12 1937 NFL Draft: Sam Francis from University of Nebraska first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1939-10-22 NBC becomes first network to televise a pro football game; Brooklyn Dodgers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 23-14 at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field
  • 1940-11-10 Pittsburgh Steelers & Philadelphia Eagles play one of only 4 penalty free games in NFL history; Steelers win 7-3 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • 1943-06-19 NFL's Philadelphia Eagles & Pittsburgh Steelers merge, (dissolves on Dec 5)
  • 1947-12-28 Chic Cards beat Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in NFL championship game
  • 1947-12-28 National Football League Championship, Comiskey Park, Chicago: Chicago Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles, 28-21; Cardinals' only title victory
  • 1948-12-19 National Football League Championship, Shribe Park, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles shutout Chicago Cardinals, 7-0 in a snowstorm, 'the Philly Blizzard'
  • 1948-12-21 1949 NFL Draft: University of Pennsylvania linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik is selected first by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1949-12-18 National Football League Championship, Philadelphia Eagles beat Los Angeles Rams, 14-0; played in driving rain that caused field to become a mud pit
  • 1951-12-02 Philadelphia Eagles set NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing in 35-21 win over Washington Redskins at Griffith Stadium
  • 1954-01-17 4th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 20-9; MVP: Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia Eagles, LB

Sport awardNFL Championship

1960-12-26 National Football League Championship, Franklin Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers, 17-13; lone playoff defeat for Packers coach Vince Lombardi before Packers establish dynasty

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1967-01-22 17th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: East beats West, 20-10; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; Floyd Peters, Philadelphia Eagles, DT

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1967-11-05 New Orleans Saints 1st NFL victory, beat Philadelphia Eagles 31-24
  • 1969-05-01 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for a professional sports record $16.15m
  • 1978-08-05 New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-7 in an NFL exhibition at Mexico City's Olympic Stadium
  • 1979-11-12 Tony Franklin of Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal
  • 1981-01-11 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Dallas Cowboys, 20-7
  • 1981-01-25 Super Bowl XV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10; MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1987-02-01 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 10-6; MVP: Reggie White, Philadelphia Eagles, DE

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 1989-01-29 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 34-3; MVP: Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia Eagles, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989-11-23 The "Bounty Bowl": Philadelphia Eagles defeat Dallas Cowboys 27-0 at Thanksgiving in an ill-tempered game, after which Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson accuses Eagles coach Buddy Ryan of placing bounties on players

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 1990-11-25 India bowl the Sri Lankan cricket team out for 82; Venkatapathy Raju (I) takes 6-12 off 17.5 overs
  • 1991-07-28 Buffalo Bills beat Philadelphia Eagles, 17-13 in American Bowl in Wembley
  • 1994-01-03 Steve Young of the San Francisco 49ers becomes first quarterback to win 3 straight NFL passing titles despite a 37-34 OT loss to the Philadelphia Eagles; first to lodge 3 consecutive passer ratings of 100+
  • 2002-01-27 NFC Championship, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis: St. Louis Rams beat Philadelphia Eagles, 29-24
  • 2003-01-19 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10
  • 2004-01-11 "4th and 26", trailing Green Bay Packers by 3 in NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Philadelphia Eagles face 4th and 26 on their final drive, Donovan McNabb hits Freddie Mitchell for 29 yards. Eagles tie the game and go on to win in overtime
  • 2004-01-18 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Carolina Panthers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 14-3
  • 2005-01-23 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons, 27-10
  • 2005-02-06 Super Bowl XXXIX, Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL: New England Patriots beat Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21; MVP: Deion Branch, New England, WR
  • 2009-01-18 NFC Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: Arizona Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles, 32-25
  • 2010-12-19 "Miracle at the New Meadowlands", Philadelphia Eagles trail New York Giants by 21 points with eight minutes to play, before scoring 4 touchdowns in final 7 minutes, including dramatic walk-off punt returned for a touchdown by DeSean Jackson
  • 2013-11-03 Nick Foles connects with Riley Cooper 3 times to become 7th passer in NFL history with 7 TD tosses in a game during Philadelphia Eagles’ 49-20 win over the Raiders at Oakland; Foles completes 22 of 28 for 406 yards
  • 2018-01-21 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Minnesota Vikings, 38-7
  • 2018-02-04 Super Bowl LII, US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN: Philadelphia Eagles defeat New England Patriots, 41-33; MVP: Nick Foles, Philadelphia, QB

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1891-11-05 Earl Neale, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Virginia; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles) and MLB outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia (d. 1973)
  • 1909-10-08 Bill Hewitt, American professional football player (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • 1915-03-06 Leonard Tose, owner NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, born in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1917-06-22 Davey O'Brien, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1938, Texas Christian University; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1920-12-28 Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)
  • 1923-10-22 Pete Pihos, NFL end (Phil Eagles)
  • 1925-05-01 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1926-03-15 Norm Van Brocklin, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL MVP 1960; First-team All-Pro 1960; 9 × Pro Bowl; LA Rams, Philadelphia Eagles) and coach (Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons), born in Parade, South Dakota (d. 1983)
  • 1931-02-17 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • 1939-07-27 Irv Cross, American football cornerback (Pro Bowl 1964, 65; Philadelphia Eagles) and broadcaster (CBS), born in Hammond, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1939-07-31 Norm Snead, American NFL quarterback (4-time Pro Bowl; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Halifax County, Virginia
  • 1944-02-29 John Niland, American NFL offensive guard (6 x Pro Bowl; 3 x All-Pro; Super Bowl 1971; Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • 1947-02-18 Leroy Keyes, American College Football Hall of Fame running back / safety (Purdue; Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 2021)
  • 1949-09-22 Harold Carmichael, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1950-03-01 Nick Mike-Mayer, American football placekicker (Pro Bowl 1973; Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills), born in Bologna, Italy
  • 1954-03-02 John Sciarra, American College Football Hall of Fame safety (UCLA; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956-11-18 Tony Franklin, NFL kicker (Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots)
  • 1957-12-05 Art Monk, American NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1958-03-19 Andy Reid, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles 1999–2012; Kansas City Chiefs 2013–20), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959-05-14 Mike Quick, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1959-07-16 Gary Anderson, NFL placekicker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Parys, Orange Free State, South Africa
  • 1959-08-21 Jim McMahon, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1960-12-13 Richard Dent, American football defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1961-02-17 Guy McIntyre, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1961-08-02 Ed West, American NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons), born in Colbert County, Alabama
  • 1962-03-08 William Fuller, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1962-03-24 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Morehead City, North Carolina (d. 2019)
  • 1963-02-08 Raleigh MCkenzie, NFL center/guard (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1963-03-27 Randall Cunningham, American NFL quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1963-10-12 Michael Zordich, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1963-12-09 Barry Wilburn, American NFL full safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1964-09-14 Kurt Gouveia, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1965-05-14 Kelvin Martin, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1965-11-30 Mike Zandofsky, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1965-12-16 Moe Elewonibi, NFL/CFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, BC Lions)
  • 1966-01-09 Jimmie Jones, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • 1966-01-31 Charles Dimry, American football cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1966-02-20 Britt Hager, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams), born in Odessa, Texas
  • 1966-03-16 Rodney Peete, NFL quarterback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1966-03-23 James Saxon, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1966-06-17 Fred Barnett, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Gunnison, Mississippi
  • 1966-08-20 Greg Jackson, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers), born in Hialeah, Florida
  • 1966-10-06 Jimmie Johnson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967-02-28 Antone Davis, NFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967-03-03 Calvin Williams, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967-04-11 Mark Seay, American football wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967-06-06 Michael Timpson, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967-07-06 David Whitmore, American NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Daingerfield, Texas
  • 1967-09-24 Frank Cornish, NFL center/guard (Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967-10-30 Ty Detmer, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1990, Brigham Young; Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1968-01-06 Jerry Crafts, NFL/WLAF tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Amsterdam Admirals), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1968-01-27 Reggie Johnson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1968-01-29 John Hudson, American football center (NY Jets, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1968-01-31 Doug Pederson, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2017, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bellingham, Washington
  • 1968-07-24 Mark Gunn, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1968-08-01 Rob Carpenter, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Amityville, New York
  • 1968-08-13 William Thomas, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • 1968-12-05 Rhett Hall, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Morgan Hill, California
  • 1969-04-06 Andy Harmon, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1969-04-07 Ricky Watters, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1969-06-12 Kevin Turner, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1969-06-26 Harry Boatswain, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1969-08-08 Jerome Henderson, American NFL cornerback (NY Jets) and coach/executive (NY Jets), born in Statesville, North Carolina
  • 1969-09-20 Tommy Jeter, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • 1969-09-27 Lester Holmes, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1970-01-28 Mike Chalenski, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1970-02-21 Marc Woodard, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • 1970-04-15 Darrin Smith, American NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles; Super Bowl 1993, 95), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970-04-29 Mark McMillian, American NFL cornerback (Philadelphia Eagles, KC Chiefs), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970-06-08 Troy Vincent, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1970-08-21 Steve Everitt, NFL center (Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970-09-29 Derrick Oden, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1970-10-30 Kevin Johnson, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970-11-19 Rickey Brady, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1971-01-24 Joe Panos, American football offensive lineman (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • 1971-02-14 Derrick Witherspoon, American NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1971-03-10 Morris Unutoa, corner (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971-05-10 Ronnie Dixon, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, NY Jets)
  • 1971-06-16 Andre President, tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971-08-07 Chris T. Jones, American NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1971-08-18 Kevin Bouie, American football running back (Philadelphia Eagles, Ariz Cardinals), born in Pahokee, Florida
  • 1971-08-31 Greg Jefferson, NFL defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971-10-05 Chad Lewis, American football tight end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • 1971-10-23 Alai Kalaniuvalu, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971-12-09 Chris Boniol, NFL kicker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • 1971-12-30 Sylvester Wright, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972-01-06 Willie Clark, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1972-02-13 Charlie Garner, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Falls Church, Virginia
  • 1972-05-15 Troy Drake, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972-07-08 Tom Hutton, NFL punter/kicker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972-07-18 Bernard Williams, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972-07-21 Joe Rudolph, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972-08-15 Freddie Solomon, American football wide receiver (NFL Philadelphia Eagles, 1993-98: Arena League, 2003-07), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1972-09-02 James Willis, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972-09-19 Fred McCrary, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Naples, Florida
  • 1972-09-22 Nate Dingle, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973-01-18 Edward Jasper, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1973-06-03 Charles Emanuel, American NFL safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Indiantown, Florida
  • 1973-06-04 Corey Walker, running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973-06-15 Matt Stevens, safety (Philadelphia Eagles)

Weddings in Sport

  • 2008-09-22 TV personality and glamour model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds Philadelphia Eagles NFL player Hank Baskett (26) at Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, California
  • 2010-04-09 Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos (30) weds Julie Lesicki at St. Augstine Catholic Church in Philadelphia
  • 2012-06-30 Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (32) weds longtime girlfriend Kijfa Frink at the Fontainebleau resort in Miami Beach, Florida
  • 2012-12-01 Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard (33) weds Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader Krystle Campbell in Maui, Hawaii

Deaths in Sport

  • 1973-11-02 Earl Neale, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Virginia; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles) and MLB outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), dies at 81
  • 1977-11-18 Davey O'Brien, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1938, Texas Christian University; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), dies from cancer at 60
  • 1983-05-02 Norm Van Brocklin, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL MVP 1960; First-team All-Pro 1960; 9 × Pro Bowl; LA Rams, Philadelphia Eagles) and coach (Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • 1992-07-13 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFLer (Philadelphia Eagles), dies at 76
  • 2003-04-15 Leonard Tose, American trucking magnate & owner of NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, dies at 88
  • 2015-03-21 Chuck Bednarik, American Pro/College Football Hall of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles, 1949-62), dies of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at 89
  • 2016-03-24 Kevin Turner, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), dies of A.L.S. at 46
  • 2016-06-28 Buddy Ryan, American NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), dies at 85
  • 2019-12-12 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), dies of kidney disease at 57
  • 2021-02-28 Irv Cross, American football cornerback (Pro Bowl 1964, 65; Philadelphia Eagles) and broadcaster (CBS), dies from ischemic cardiomyopathy at 81
  • 2021-04-15 Leroy Keyes, American College Football Hall of Fame running back / safety (Purdue; Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs), dies from heart failure at 74