1960 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1960 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Buck Shaw
General manager Vince McNally
Owner Happy Hundred
Home field Franklin Field
Results
Record 10–2–0
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship

The 1960 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 28th in the National Football League, and culminated in the Eagles' defeat of the Green Bay Packers in the NFL championship game to win their third league title. The victory over the Packers was also the first and only playoff defeat of the great Vince Lombardi's coaching career. . The 1960 season was the Eagles' first postseason appearance since their last NFL championship season of 1949. It was their only postseason appearance in the 28 seasons from 1950 to 1977.

Off Season[edit]

On March 13, 1960, there was an expansion draft to stock the Dallas Rangers, who soon changed their name to the "Cowboys." [1] In this draft the Eagles lost tight end Dick Bielski, tackle Jerry DeLucca, and linebacker Bill Striegel to Dallas.

As since 1951, the Eagles held training camp at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This is the longest they have trained at one site continuously up to then and into 1995, when they started at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. The last year at Hershey was 1967.

NFL Draft[edit]

The 1960 NFL draft and the 1960 AFL Draft were held separately for college players (the common draft was initiated in 1967).

The NFL Draft was a draft of 20 rounds with 12 teams picking. The Eagles would rotate having the 7th, 8th or 9th pick in the draft rounds, with Chicago and Cleveland. The quickly assembled NFL franchise of the Dallas Cowboys did not have a chance to pick, as the draft was held on November 30, 1959 before they were formed, January 28, 1960.
The AFL draft was a list made the teams of territorial players they claimed first. Then a draft was held by drafting players by position instead of any available player. When Minneapolis left league other AFL teams pursued those picks. Oakland got the rights after they joined the league.
The Philadelphia Eagles lost 4 players to the AFL including 1st round pick Ron Burton a running back out of the Northwestern University. A total of 6 NFL 1st round picks in this draft would sign with the AFL this year.

Player Selections[edit]

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick.[2] 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[3] = AFL All-Star[4] = Hall of Famer
Rd PICK PLAYER POS SCHOOL AFL Rd Signed
1 9 Ron Burton[5] Halfback Northwestern Boston Patriots 1 Boston
2 20 Maxie Baughan Linebacker Georgia Tech Minneapolis[6] 1 Eagles
3 31 Curt Merz End Iowa New York Titans 1 Dallas Texans
4 40 Ted Dean
Pick from
Washington Redskins
Running back Wichita State Buffalo Bills 1 Eagles
4 45 Jack Cummings Quarterback North Carolina Boston 1
5 56 Don Norton[7] End Iowa Dallas Texans 1 Los Angeles Chargers
6 67 Emmett Wilson Tackle Georgia Tech Buffalo Bills
7 81 John Wilkins Tackle USC Denver Broncos 2 Eagles
8 92 Monte Lee End Texas
9 103 Pick Taken by
Baltimore Colts
10 117 Pick Taken by
Detroit Lions
11 129 Pick Taken by
Chicago Bears
12 139 Dave Grosz Quarterback Oregon Minneapolis 2
13 153 Dave Graham End Virginia Houston Oilers 2 Eagles
14 164 Ray Petersen Back West Virginia Buffalo 1
15 175 John Wilcox Tackle Oregon Minneapolis 1
16 189 Larry Lancaster Tackle Georgia Los Angeles 1
17 200 Mike Graney End Notre Dame Buffalo 2
18 211 Emory Turner Guard Purdue Dallas 1
19 225 Bob Hain Tackle Iowa Los Angeles 2
20 236 Ramon Armstrong Guard Texas Christian New York 2 Oakland Raiders

Regular season[edit]

During the 1960 season, Chuck Bednarik is perhaps best known for knocking Frank Gifford of the New York Giants out of football for over eighteen months, considered one of the most famous tackles in NFL history.[8] It occurred late in the game at Yankee Stadium on November 20.[9][10]

Bednarik was the last player to play the whole game. He averaged 58 minutes a game, starting at center and linebacker in the second half of season.[11]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 25, 1960 Cleveland Browns L 24–41
56,303
2 September 30, 1960 at Dallas Cowboys W 27–25
18,500
3 October 9, 1960 St. Louis Cardinals W 31–27
33,701
4 October 16, 1960 Detroit Lions W 28–10
38,065
5 October 23, 1960 at Cleveland Browns W 31–29
64,850
6 Bye
7 November 6, 1960 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–7
58,324
8 November 13, 1960 Washington Redskins W 19–13
39,361
9 November 20, 1960 at New York Giants W 17–10
63,571
10 November 27, 1960 New York Giants W 31–23
60,547
11 December 4, 1960 at St. Louis Cardinals W 20–6
21,358
12 December 11, 1960 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–27
22,101
13 December 18, 1960 at Washington Redskins W 38–28
20,558
  • A bye week was necessary in 1960, as the league expanded to an odd-number (13) of teams (Dallas).

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Browns 14 10 7 10 41
Eagles 3 7 0 14 24

[12]

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Eagles 3 10 0 14 27
Cowboys 3 3 6 13 25
  • Date: September 30
  • Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
  • Game attendance: 18,500
  • Game weather: 77°F; Wind 11

[13]

Week 3[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 7 7 3 10 27
• Eagles 7 14 0 10 31

[14]

Week 4[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 3 7 0 10
• Eagles 7 7 0 14 28

[15]

Week 5[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Eagles 7 0 14 10 31
Browns 3 12 7 7 29

[16]

Week 6[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 0 7 7
• Eagles 14 3 7 10 34

[17]

Week 7[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 3 0 7 3 13
• Eagles 0 3 6 10 19

[18]

Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Eagles 0 0 7 10 17
Giants 7 3 0 0 10

[19]

Week 9[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 17 3 3 0 23
• Eagles 0 17 0 14 31

[20]

Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Eagles 3 7 3 7 20
Cardinals 0 0 6 0 6

[21]

Week 11[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 21 21
• Steelers 13 14 0 0 27

[22]

Week 12[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Eagles 7 10 7 14 38
Redskins 7 7 7 7 28

[23]

Playoffs[edit]

1960 NFL Championship Game unused ticket
Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Championship December 26, 1960 Green Bay Packers W 17–13
67,325

NFL Championship[edit]

NFL Championship
Green Bay Packers (8–4) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (10–2)
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 3 3 0 7 13
• Eagles 0 10 0 7 17

[24]

You can get up now, Taylor. This (expletive deleted) game's over.

~Chuck Bednarik, as he lay on top of Jim Taylor after making the tackle on the game's final play.

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Philadelphia Eagles 10 2 0 .833 8–2 321 246 W1
Cleveland Browns 8 3 1 .727 6–3–1 362 217 W3
New York Giants 6 4 2 .600 5–4–1 271 261 L1
St. Louis Cardinals 6 5 1 .545 4–5–1 288 230 W1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 6 1 .455 4–5–1 240 275 L1
Washington Redskins 1 9 2 .100 0–8–2 178 309 L8

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Results[edit]

NFL Championship[edit]

Personnel[edit]

1960 Philadelphia Eagles football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name
HB 33 Barnes, Billy RayBilly Ray Barnes
C, LB 60 Bednarik, ChuckChuck Bednarik
RB 22 Brown, TimmyTimmy Brown
OG 67 Campbell, StanStan Campbell
FB 35 Dean, TedTed Dean
OG 65 Huth, GerryGerry Huth
QB 9 Jurgensen, SonnySonny Jurgensen
OL 61 Keys, HowardHoward Keys
C 54 Lapham, BillBill Lapham
E 87 Lucas, DickDick Lucas
OT 75 McCusker, JimJim McCusker
FL 25 McDonald, TommyTommy McDonald
FB 26 Peaks, ClarenceClarence Peaks
E 17 Reichow, JerryJerry Reichow
SE 44 Retzlaff, PetePete Retzlaff
FB 30 Sapp, TheronTheron Sapp
OT 76 Smith, J.D.J.D. Smith
QB 11 Van Brocklin, NormNorm Van Brocklin
E, PK 83 Walston, BobbyBobby Walston
OG 62 Wittenborn, JohnJohn Wittenborn
Defense
Pos. # Name
LB 55 Baughan, MaxieMaxie Baughan
CB 40 Brookshier, TomTom Brookshier
S 45 Burroughs, DonDon Burroughs
DE 78 Campbell, MarionMarion Campbell
CB 21 Carr, JimmyJimmy Carr
S 41 Freeman, BobbyBobby Freeman
DL 79 Gossage, GeneGene Gossage
DL 71 Gunnels, RileyRiley Gunnels
DB 28 Jackson, BobbyBobby Jackson
DB 27 Johnson, GeneGene Johnson
DT 73 Khayat, EddieEddie Khayat
LB 29 Nocera, JohnJohn Nocera
DT 70 Owens, DonDon Owens
LB 53 Pellegrini, BobBob Pellegrini
DT 72 Richardson, JessJess Richardson
DE 66 Robb, JoeJoe Robb
LB 51 Weber, ChuckChuck Weber
DT 71 Wilcox, JohnJohn Wilcox
DE 88 Wilson, JerryJerry Wilson
Special teams
Pos. # Name
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 2016-Feb-06

Post season[edit]

Soon after the championship game against Green Bay, 61-year-old Buck Shaw retired as head coach of the Eagles.[25] Quarterback and 12-year veteran Norm Van Brocklin retired after the game also and expected to be named head coach, bur assistant coach Nick Skorich was promoted;[26] he led the Eagles for the next three years, through the 1963 season.

Van Brocklin, age 34, was named head coach of the expansion Minnesota Vikings in January 1961.[27][28] In the 1961 expansion draft the Eagles lost guard Gerry Huth, defensive back Gene Johnson, and center Bill Lapham to Minnesota.

Awards and honors[edit]

1960 Pro Bowl Players:

  • QB – Norm Van Brocklin
  • TE – Pete Retzlaff
  • OE – Bobby Walston
  • FL – Tommy McDonald
  • DT – Marion Campbell
  • LB – Maxie Baughan
  • LB – Chuck Bednarik
  • CB – Tom Brookshier

League Leaders[29]

  • Norm Van Brocklin finishes 2nd to Johnny Unitas in Passing Attempts, Completions,Yards, and TDs
  • Norm Van Brocklin finishes 2nd to Mike Plum in Yards per Attempt and Passer Rating
  • Ted Dean leads league in KO Returns and 2nd in Punt Returns

Other Awards

  • Chuck Bednarik, All-Pro Selection
  • Norm Van Brocklin, Bert Bell Award[30]
  • AP NFL MVP – Norm Van Brocklin
  • UPI MVP – Norm Van Brocklin

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Dallas Cowboys were initially called the Dallas Rangers but were renamed to avoid confusion with a local minor league baseball club in Dallas."Dallas Will Get Gigantic Test In Grid Season.". Free Lance-Star. February 1, 1960. p. S4. 
  2. ^ http://www.profootballhof.com/history/release.aspx?release_id=1450
  3. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their careers.
  4. ^ Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star team at any time in their careers.
  5. ^ Ron Burton signed with the Boston Patriots of the AFL
  6. ^ Minneapolis owners were offered a NFL franchise. To replace Minneapolis the AFL put a team in Oakland
  7. ^ Don Norton signed with the Dallas Texans of the AFL
  8. ^ http://prosportsblogging.com/psb/uploads/2010/12/Chuck-Bedrarick-vs-Frank-Gifford-1960.jpg Photo after the hit with Gifford on ground and Bednarik standing over him
  9. ^ "Gifford of Giants hurt as Eagles rally, 17-10". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. November 21, 1960. p. 13, part 2. 
  10. ^ "Bad blood erupts as high-flying Eagles bounce New York 17-10". The Bulletin (Bend, Oregon). UPI. November 21, 1960. p. 2. 
  11. ^ "Bednarik may play both ways Sunday". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. November 25, 1960. p. 2, final. 
  12. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
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  21. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
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  24. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  25. ^ "Buck Shaw makes retirement official". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). Associated Press. December 28, 1960. p. 1D. 
  26. ^ "Nick Skorich named Eagles head coach". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. January 23, 1961. p. 11, part 2. 
  27. ^ "Van Brocklin signs as Vikings' coach". Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina). January 19, 1961. p. 10. 
  28. ^ "Van Brocklin hired to coach Vikings". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. January 18, 1961. p. 1D. 
  29. ^ http://www.databasefootball.com/leagues/leagueyear.htm?lg=nfl&yr=1960
  30. ^ http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm