1941 Philadelphia Eagles season
|1941 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Greasy Neale|
|Home field||Municipal Stadium|
|Division place||4th NFL Eastern|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1941 Philadelphia Eagles season was their ninth in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 1–10, winning two games. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.
- 1 Off Season
- 2 Schedule
- 3 Game Recaps
- 4 Standings
- 5 1941 Roster
- 6 Honors and Rewards
- 7 References
In late 1940, the football Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney bought half interest in the Eagles and sold the Pirates to Alexis Thompson. Before the start of the 1941 season Rooney and Thompson swap city and NFL rights for Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Pirates players of 1940 and before are now Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Eagles players are now members of the renamed Pittsburgh Steelers.
Coach Greasy Neal has the Eagles hold training camp in the High School Bowl,in Two Rivers, Wisconsin about 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Green Bay, Wisconsin and 90 miles north of Milwaukee, WI on Lake Michigan.
The 1941 NFL Draft was held on December 10, 1940. The Eagles would get the 1st pick in the 22 rounds of the draft. Because these player were drafted before the Eagles and Steelers franchise swap of cities, these players ended up playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1941. The Pittsburgh draft picks would come to Philadelphia.
The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick. It is possible the Eagles' pick ended up with this team via another team that the Eagles made a trade with. Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away. These picks were the players that the Pittsburgh Pirates made before the team swap between owners.
|= Pro Bowler||= Hall of Famer||= Picks made by Pittsburgh Pirates that became Eagles in 1941|
|1||1||PICK WAS TAKEN BY THE||CHICAGO BEARS|
|3||16||Marion Pugh||Back||Texas A&M|
|4||26||Al Ghesquiere||Back||University of Detroit|
|5||31||Royal Kahler||Tackle||University of Nebraska|
|Vic Sears||Tackle||Oregon State|
|6||41||Howard "Red" Hickey||End||University of Arkansas|
|7||51||Julius "Mush" Battista||Guard||Florida|
|8||61||PICK WAS TAKEN BY THE||CHICAGO BEARS|
|9||71||P. K. Rogers||Back||East Texas State|
|12||101||John Patrick||Back||Penn State|
|15||131||Alex Lukachick||End||Boston College|
|16||141||Bill Conatser||Back||Texas A&M|
|17||151||John Yauckoes||Tackle||Boston College|
|18||161||Joe McFadden||Back||Georgetown (DC)|
|19||171||John Shonk||End||West Virginia|
|George Kerr||Guard||Boston College|
|20||181||L. B. Russell||Back||Hardin-Simmons|
|21||201||Charley Henke(From Washington)||Guard||Texas A&M|
|Jim Castiglia||Back||Georgetown (DC)|
|22||203||Mike Fernella(From Chicago Bears)||Tackle||Akron|
|1||September 13, 1941||New York Giants||L 24–0||
|2||September 21, 1941||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 10–7||
|3||September 27, 1941||Brooklyn Dodgers||L 24–13||
|4||October 12, 1941||at New York Giants||L 16–0||
|5||October 19, 1941||Washington Redskins||L 21–17||
|6||October 26, 1941||Chicago Cardinals||W 21–14||
|7||November 2, 1941||at Brooklyn Dodgers||L 15–6||
|8||November 9, 1941||Pittsburgh Steelers||T 7–7||
|9||November 16, 1941||at Detroit Lions||L 21–17||
|10||November 30, 1941||Chicago Bears||L 49–14||
|11||December 7, 1941||at Washington Redskins||L 20–14||
The Eagles played 11 games over a NFL season that was 14 weeks long. The season started Sunday, September 7 and ended Sunday, December 7, 1941.
Week 1 Bye
The Eagles had the week off as the NFL only scheduled 1 game this week end, Pittsburgh at Cleveland Rams.
Week 2 vs Giants
Week 3 at Steelers
The Eagles travel across the state of Pennsylvania to play the renamed Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time since the franchises swapped cities.
Week 4 vs Dodgers
Week 5 Bye
The Eagles were not scheduled to play this weekend.
Week 6 at Giants
Week 7 vs Redskins
The defending 1940 NFL Eastern Division Champions, Washington Redskins make a visit to Philadelphia to play the Eagles. Washington lost the 1940 NFL Championship Game to the Chicago Bears 73–0. The Eagles will host the Bears in week 12 and travel to Washington, DC to re-play the Redskins in week 14 to close out the 1941 season.
Week 8 vs Cardinals
Week 9 at Dodgers
Week 10 vs Steelers
The Eagles' across state rivals return to Philadelphia for a rematch of a game of game won by the Eagles played in week 3. The Eagles enter the game with 2 wins and the Steelers are winless.
Week 11 at Lions
Week 12 Bye
The Eagles were not scheduled to play this weekend.
Week 13 vs Bears
Week 14 at Redskins
At the Eagles – Washington Redskins game in Washington, DC military personnel and US Gov't officials were getting paged concerning the attack on Pearl Harbor, in the US territory of Hawaii. The attack started about time of kickoff for game.
|New York Giants||8||3||0||.727||238||114||L-1|
(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)
The 1941 Philadelphia Eagles roster is made up of 39 players which 32 are rookies. The average years in NFL is 1/2 a year.
|= 1941 Pro Bowl Pro All-Star|
|1st||West Virginia Wesleyan|
|Len Barnum||29||B-P-PK||11||8||200||6–0||3||West Virginia Wesleyan|
|Jim Castiglia||23||FB||11||6||208||5–11||Rookie||Georgetown (DC)|
|Terry Fox||23||FB-LB||11||2||208||6–1||Rookie||Miami (FL)|
|Joe Frank||26||T||11||0||217||6–1||Rookie||Georgetown (DC)|
|Lou Ghecas||23||HB||8||0||175||5–9||Rookie||Georgetown (DC)|
|Gran Harrison||24||E||1||0||211||6–3||Rookie||Mississippi State|
|Kirk Hershey||23||E||6||0||215||6–2||Rookie||Carroll (WI),
|Rupert Pate||24||G||1||0||205||6–1||1||Wake Forest|
|Phil Ragazzo||26||T-G||10||10||216||6–0||3||Case Western Reserve|
|Vic Sears||23||T-DT||11||2||223||6–3||Rookie||Oregon State|
|John Shonk||23||E||10||0||190||6–1||Rookie||West Virginia|
|Cecil Sturgeon||22||T||6||0||254||6–2||Rookie||North Dakota State|
|Foster Watkins||24||QB-HB||11||1||163||5–9||1||West Texas A&M|
- Link to all time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history
Honors and Rewards
- Dick Humbert finishes 2nd in Receptions with 29. NFL Leader had twice as many
- Dick Humbert a rookie End – Defensive End makes the All-Star team.
- 1941 Philadelphia Eagles
- Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.