1951 Philadelphia Eagles season
|1951 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Bo McMillin 2–0 and
Wayne Millner 2–8
|Home field||Shibe Park|
|Division place||5th NFL American|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1951 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 19th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 6–6, winning only four games. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
The Eagle hired Bo McMillin who took on the challenge of returning the Philadelphia Eagles to their previous glory was hired on February 8, 1951. However, after just two games (both wins), McMillin underwent surgery for what was believed to be ulcer troubles. The verdict was far worse: stomach cancer, which ended his coaching career. Assistant coach Wayne Miller took over as head coach for the rest of the year. He would resign weeks before the 1952 season citing health as the reason for stepping down.
The 1951 NFL Draft was held on January 18–19, 1951. This draft would be for players coming out of college and because Baltimore Colts folded after the 1950 season. The NFL placed their players in the 1951 NFL draft. The draft was 30 rounds with eleven teams picking. There was a total of 362 players drafted. 27 former Colts players were drafted including Y. A. Tittle by San Francisco 49ers.
The Eagles would rotate getting the 5th, 6th and 7th picks through the rounds as a results of their 6–6 record in 1950, tying them with Pittsburgh and Detroit.
With the lottery bonus pick as the #1 pick of the draft, the New York Giants choose Kyle Rote a Halfback from Southern Methodist University The 2nd pick in the draft was made by the Chicago Bears. This was the Baltimore Colts 1st round pick that would have had, that was earlier traded to Chicago. With this pick they choose Bob Williams a Quarterback from the Notre Dame.
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.
|= Pro Bowler ||= Hall of Famer|
|1||7||Ebert Van Buren||Back||LSU||1||8||Chet Mutryn
(From Detroit Lions)
|2||21||Pick Taken by||Washington||Redskins||3||32||Al Bruno||End||Kentucky|
|4||43||Fran Nagle||Back||Nebraska||5||57||Jack Dwyer||Back||Loyola (CA)|
|6||68||Ken Farragut||Center||Mississippi||7||79||Frank Boydston||Back||Baylor|
|8||93||Jack Richards||End||Arkansas||9||104||Denny Doyle||Guard||Tulane|
|10||116||Louis Schaufele||Back||Arkansas||11||130||Bob Pope||Tackle||Kentucky|
|12||141||Henry Rich||Back||Arizona State||13||152||Pete Mastellone||Center||Miami (FLA)|
|14||166||Bobby Walston||End||Georgia||15||177||Bobby North||Back||Georgia Tech|
|16||188||Hal Hatfield||End||USC||17||202||Hal Waggoner||Back||Tulane|
|18||213||Bill Weeks||Back||Iowa State||19||224||Jack Bove||Tackle||West Virginia|
|20||238||John Glorioso||Back||Missouri||21||249||Neal Franklin||Tackle||SMU|
|22||260||Jack Rucker||Back||Mississippi State||23||274||Jack Bighead||End||Pepperdine|
|24||285||Tony Kotowski||End||Mississippi State||25||296||Glenn Drahn||Back||Iowa|
|26||310||Billy Stewart||Back||Mississippi State||27||321||Bob Winship||Tackle||Rice|
|28||332||Marv Stendel||End||Arkansas||29||346||Roscoe Hansen||Tackle||North Carolina|
|30||357||John "Model-T" Ford||Quarterback||Hardin–Simmons||.|
|1||September 30, 1951||at Chicago Cardinals||W 17–14||
|2||October 6, 1951||San Francisco 49ers||W 21–14||
|3||October 14, 1951||at Green Bay Packers||L 37–24||
|4||October 21, 1951||at New York Giants||L 26–24||
|5||October 28, 1951||Washington Redskins||L 27–23||
|6||November 4, 1951||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 34–13||
|7||November 11, 1951||at Cleveland Browns||L 20–17||
|8||November 18, 1951||Detroit Lions||L 28–10||
|9||November 25, 1951||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 17–13||
|10||December 2, 1951||at Washington Redskins||W 35–21||
|11||December 9, 1951||New York Giants||L 23–7||
|12||December 16, 1951||Cleveland Browns||L 24–9||
Week 1 at
Week 2 vs SF 49ers
at Shibe Park on Grass,
Week 9 vs Pitt Steelers
at Shibe Park on Grass,
Week 12 vs Cleve Browns
The Eagles lost for the 4th time to the former AAFC member. They were out played by the American Conference champions Cleveland Browns, as they could only manage a net passing yard total of 8 yards for the game on 9 completions. The Eagles forced the Browns to turn the ball over 4 times, and sacked Otto Graham in the end zone for a safety as the only bright points of the game for the Eagles.
at Shibe Park on Grass,
|NFL American Conference|
|New York Giants||9||2||1||.818||7–2–1||254||161||W4|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
The Philadelphia eagles finished with a 4–8–0 record and failed to make it to the 1951 NFL Championship Game. The game was played between the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles on December 23, 1951, with an attendance of 59,475.
(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)
|= 1951 Pro Bowl ||= Hall of Famer|
|80||Neill Armstrong||25||E-DB||12||189||6–2||4||Oklahoma State|
|36||Gerry Cowhig||30||LB-FB-DB||11||215||6–2||4||Notre Dame|
|64||Mario Giannelli||31||MG-G||10||265||6–0||3||Boston College|
|73||Roscoe Hansen||22||T-DT||9||215||6–3||Rookie||North Carolina|
|76||Bucko Kilroy||30||G-MG-T-DT||12||243||6–2||8||Notre Dame
|49||Pat McHugh||32||DB-HB||8||166||5–11||4||Georgia Tech|
|81||Red O'Quinn||26||DB-E||5||195||6–2||1||Wake Forest|
|43||Jim Parmer||25||FB-HB||11||193||6–0||3||Oklahoma State,
|30||Bosh Pritchard||32||HB||6||164||5–11||9||Georgia Tech,VMI|
|68||Ray Romero||24||G||7||213||5–11||Rookie||Kansas State|
|79||Vic Sears||33||T-DT||12||223||6–3||10||Oregon State|
|17||Ebert Van Buren||27||DB-LB-FB-HB||12||210||6–2||Rookie||LSU|
|15||Steve Van Buren||31||HB||10||200||6–0||7||LSU|
|41||Frank Ziegler||28||HB-DB||12||0||175||5–11||2||Georgia Tech|
- Bo McMillin resigned after 2nd game because of stomach cancer
- Bud Grant is also in Canadian Football Hall of Fame
- Wayne Millner resigns before 1952 season after training camp
Awards and Honors
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- 1951 Philadelphia Eagles
- ISBN 978-1-59213-449-6 The Eagles Encyclopedia
- Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
- Players are identified as a 1951 All-Star.
- http://www.collegefootball.org/famer_selected.php?id=20006%7CCollege Hof F