The Philadelphia Eagles began their existence as an NFL
expansion team in 1931. The franchise's first decade was one of struggles,
marked by repeated losing seasons. Due to the shortage of manpower caused by
World War II, the Eagles merged for one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers to
form the "Steagles".
By the end of the 1940s, the Eagles fortunes had improved
dramatically, as the team appeared in three consecutive NFL Championship games.
Out of these, the Eagles won two, including consecutive shutouts of the Chicago
Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams in 1948 and 1949 respectively. To date, the
Eagles are the only team to have ever won back to back championships by shutout.
The Eagles of these years were led by head coach Earle "Greasy" Neal and star
running back Steve van Buren.
The Eagles own the distinction of being the only team to ever
defeat Vince Lombardi and his vaunted Green Bay Packers in the playoffs. This
was on the occasion of the Eagles' third NFL Championship in 1960, when they
defeated the Packers 17-13. Future Hall of Famers Norm van Brocklin, Chuck
Bednarik and Tommy McDonald were the Eagles' stars at the time.
After the championship season, the Eagles had only one
winning season until 1975. In 1976, Dick Vermeil was lured away from UCLA to
coach the Eagles and he promptly helped the franchise become competitive. By
1981, the Eagles were once again in a championship game, this time Super Bowl
XV, where they lost to the Oakland Raiders 27-10.
The late 1980s saw the arrival of coach Buddy Ryan and a
rejuvenation of the team, particularly known for its fearsome defense.
Unfortunately, the team did not capitalize on its potential and eventually many
of its stars faded away or left to other teams.
For much of the 1990s, the Eagles fared poorly. With the
hiring of Andy Reid as head coach in 1999 and the drafting of quarterback
Donovan McNabb that same year, the Eagles had established the foundation of
their success in the next decade. Under Reid and McNabb, the Eagles advanced to
four consecutive NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. In Super Bowl XXXIX,
the Eagles lost to the New England Patriots 24-21.
NFL Championship Game Appearances:
1947: Lost 28-21 to the Chicago Cardinals
1948: Won 7-0 over the Chicago Cardinals
1949: Won 14-0 over the Los Angeles Rams
1960: Won 17-13 over the Green Bay Packers
1981 (Super Bowl XV): Lost 27-10 to the Oakland Raiders
2005 (Super Bowl XXXIX): Lost 24-21 to the New England
Hall of Famers:
Chuck Bednarik, linebacker/center (1949-1962)
Bert Bell, NFL commissioner/head coach (1933-1940)
Bob Brown, offensive lineman (1964-1968)
Mike Ditka, tight end (1967-1968)
Bill Hewitt, end (1937-1939)
Sonny Jurgensen, quarterback (1957-1963)
James Lofton, wide receiver (1993)
Ollie Matson, running back (1964-1966)
Tommy McDonald, wide receiver (1957-1963)
James Arthur "Art" Monk, wide receiver (1995)
Earle "Greasy" Neale, head coach (1941-1950)
Pete Pihos, end (1947-1955)
Jim Ringo, center (1964-1967)
Norm Van Brocklin, quarterback (1958-1960)
Steve Van Buren, running back (1944-1951)
Reggie White, defensive end (1985-1992)
Alex Wojciechowicz, linebacker/center (1946-1950)
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