1956 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1956 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Hugh Devore
Results
Record 3–8–1
Division place 6th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1955 1957 >

The 1956 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 24th in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 4–7–1, winning only three games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.

Off Season[edit]

The Eagles change coaches during the off season. Jim Trimble was fired on December 12, and they hired Hugh Devore. Jim Trimble's legacy is more connected to football products, thanks to his "slingshot" goal posts.In 1966 would design and market the idea. Today they are the common goal post at football games.

For the 6th year in a row the Eagles hold training camp in Hershey, PA. They would hold training camp here until 1967.

NFL Draft[edit]

The 1956 NFL Draft was held on November 29, 1955. The draft was 30 rounds long, with 12 teams making picks. A total of 360 players were selected. The Pittsburgh Steelers got this year's Lottery Bonus Pick and with it they selected Gary Glick a Quarterback that went to Colorado State University.

The 1955 Eagles finished with a 4–7–1 record and will get to pick 4th or 5th in the rounds with the Chicago Cardinals. With their first round pick the Eagles selected Bob Pellegrini[2] He was featured on the cover of the November 7, 1955 edition of Sports Illustrated magazine.[3] a Center from the University of Maryland, College Park. The Eagles made a total of 30 picks in this year's draft.

Player Selections[edit]

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had[4] 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.

= Pro Bowler [5] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School
1 4 Bob Pellegrini Center Maryland Terrapins
2 16 Frank D'Agnostino Tackle Auburn Tigers
3 28 Don Schaefer Back Notre Dame Fighting Irish
4 41 Choice to <br Washington Redskins
5 54 Fred "Fuzzy" Thurston Guard Valparaiso Crusaders
6 65 Tirrel Burton Back Miami (OH) RedHawks
7 78 John Waedekin Tackle Hardin-Simmons Cowboys
8 89 Elroy Payne Back McMurry University Warhawks
9 102 Johnny Bredice End Boston University Terriers
10 113 Tom Dimmick Center Houston Cougars
11 126 Kenny Keller Back North Carolina Tar Heels
12 137 Tommy Harkins End Vanderbilt Commodores
13 150 James Sides Back Texas Tech Red Raiders
14 161 Frank Reich Center Penn State Nittany Lions
15 174 Don Brant Back University of Montana Grizzlies
16 185 Billy Hix Tackle Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
17 198 Joe Mastrogiovanni Back University of Wyoming Cowboys
18 209 Nick Consoles Defensive back Wake Forest Demon Deacons
19 222 Delano Womack Back Texas Longhorns
20 233 Darrell Glover Tackle Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks
21 246 Jack Adams Tackle San Jose State Spartans
22 257 Joe Miller Back Cincinnati Bearcats
23 270 Chet Spencer End Oklahoma State Cowboys
24 281 John Parham Back Wake Forest
25 294 Johnny Grogan Tackle University of Dayton Flyers
26 305 Earl Lunsford Back Oklahoma State
27 318 Al Ellett Tackle University of Alabama Crimson Tide
28 329 Bill Strawn Linebacker Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
29 342 Bob Hughes Back Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
30 352 Joe Ulm Back San Jose State

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 30, 1956 at Los Angeles Rams L 27–7
54,412
2 October 6, 1956 Washington Redskins W 13–9
26,607
3 October 14, 1956 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 35–21
31,375
4 October 21, 1956 Chicago Cardinals L 20–6
36,545
5 October 28, 1956 at New York Giants L 20–3
40,960
6 November 4, 1956 at Chicago Cardinals L 28–17
27,609
7 November 11, 1956 Pittsburgh Steelers W 14–7
22,652
8 November 18, 1956 Cleveland Browns L 16–0
25,894
9 November 25, 1956 San Francisco 49ers T 10–10
19,326
10 December 2, 1956 at Cleveland Browns L 17–14
20,654
11 December 9, 1956 at Washington Redskins L 19–17
22,333
12 December 15, 1956 New York Giants L 21–7
16,562

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 8 3 1 .727 264 197 W-1
Chicago Cardinals 7 5 0 .583 240 182 W-1
Washington Redskins 6 6 0 .500 183 225 L-2
Cleveland Browns 5 7 0 .417 167 177 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 7 0 .417 167 177 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 8 1 .273 143 215 L-3

1956 Roster[edit]

(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)

= 1956 Pro Bowl [6] = Hall of Famer
  • + = Was a Starter in the Pro-Bowl
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Hugh Devore COACH 1956
record

3–8–1
Eagles
Lifetime

3–8–1
NFL
Lifetime

3–10–1
1st University of Notre Dame
20 Bibbles Bawel 26 DB 12 0 185 6–1 4 Evansville
60 Chuck Bednarik 31 LB-C 12 0 233 6–3 7 Pennsylvania
81 Eddie Bell 25 DB-LB 12 0 212 6–1 1 Pennsylvania
33 Will Berzinski 22 HB 4 0 195 6–2 Rookie Wisconsin-LaCrosse
36 Dick Bielski 24 E-FB 12 0 224 6–1 1 Maryland
89 John Bredice 22 E 12 0 213 6–1 Rookie Boston University
40 Tom Brookshier 25 DB 11 0 196 6–0 3 Colorado
10 Adrian Burk 29 QB 12 3 190 6–2 6 Baylor
84 Hank Burnine 24 E 7 0 188 6–2 Rookie Missouri
78 Marion Campbell 27 DE-DT-MG-G-T 12 0 250 6–3 2 Georgia ... Uga's page
66 Frank D'Agostino 22 G-T 12 0 245 6–1 Rookie Auburn
65 Tom Dimmick 25 C-T-LB 12 0 253 6–6 Rookie Houston
27 Hal Giancanelli 27 HB 7 0 182 5–10 3 Loyola Marymount
64 Abe Gibron 31 G 2 0 243 5–11 7 Purdue, and
Valparaiso
63 Ken Huxhold 27 G 12 0 226 6–1 2 Wisconsin
23 Ken Keller 22 HB 11 0 180 5–10 Rookie North Carolina
50 Bob Kelley 26 C 12 0 232 6–2 1 West Texas A&M
71 Don King 27 DE-DT 3 0 260 6–3 2 Kentucky
79 Buck Lansford 23 G-T 12 12 232 6–2 1 Texas
68 Dick Murley 23 T 5 0 247 6–0 Rookie Purdue
68 Maury Nipp 26 G 3 0 219 6–0 4 Loyola Marymount
41 Jerry Norton 25 DB-HB 6 0 195 5–11 2 SMU
43 Jim Parmer 30 FB-HB 4 0 193 6–0 8 Oklahoma State
53 Bob Pellegrini 22 LB-G 12 0 233 6–2 Rookie Maryland
25 Pete Retzlaff 25 E-HB-TE 10 0 211 6–1 Rookie South Dakota State
71 Jim Ricca 29 MG-T-G-DT 1 0 270 6–4 5 Georgetown (DC)
72 Jess Richardson 26 DT 11 0 261 6–2 3 Alabama
22 Lee Riley 24 DB 9 0 192 6–1 1 Detroit Mercy
52 Wayne Robinson 26 LB-C 11 0 225 6–2 4 Minnesota
45 Rocky Ryan 24 DB-E 12 0 202 6–1 Rookie Illinois
24 Don Schaefer 22 FB 12 0 210 6–0 Rookie Notre Dame
82 Tom Scott 26 DE-LB 12 0 218 6–2 3 Virginia
43 Bob G. Smith 23 HB 4 0 195 5–10 1 Nebraska
80 Bill Stribling 29 E 2 0 206 6–1 5 Mississippi
11 Bobby Thomason 28 QB 12 9 196 6–1 7 VMI
83 Bobby Walston 28 E-HB-K 12 0 190 6–0 5 Georgia
77 Jim Weatherall 27 DT-T 12 12 245 6–4 1 Oklahoma
46 Ted Wegert 24 HB 7 0 202 5–11 1 none
86 Norm Willey 29 DE-G-E 9 0 224 6–2 6 Marshall
75 Frank Wydo 32 T-DT 12 0 225 6–4 9 Cornell
73 Sid Youngelman 25 DT-DE 12 0 257 6–3 1 Alabama
41 Players
Team Average
25.8 12 218.4 6–1.3 2.6

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1956 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. ^ Pac-10 in the Heisman Voting (PDF), Pacific-10 Conference, p. 4, 2005.
  3. ^ Bob Pellegrini, Football, Maryland Terrapins, Sports Illustrated, November 7, 1955.
  4. ^ www.profootballhof.com/history shows the 1956 draft picks by all all NFL teams sorted by team.
  5. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  6. ^ Players are identified as a 1956 All-Star.