Philadelphia Eagles Team History
In exchange for an entry fee of $2,500, the Bell Wray group was awarded the assets of the failed Yellow Jackets organization. Drawing inspiration from the insignia of the centerpiece of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the National Recovery Act, Bell and Wray named the new franchise the Philadelphia Eagles. Neither the Eagles nor the NFL officially regard the two franchises as the same, citing the aforementioned period of dormancy. The Eagles simply inherited the NFL rights to the Philadelphia area. Also, almost no players from the 1931 Yellow Jackets ended up with the 1933 Eagles.
The 1940s would prove a tumultuous and ultimately triumphant decade for the young club. In 1940, the team moved from Philadelphia Municipal Stadium to Shibe Park. Lud Wray’s half-interest in the team was purchased by Art Rooney, who had just sold the Pittsburgh Steelers to Alexis Thompson. Soon thereafter, Bell/Rooney and Thompson swapped franchises, but not teams. Bell/Rooney’s entire Eagles’ corporate organization, including most of the players, moved to Pittsburgh The Steelers’ corporate name remained “Philadelphia Football Club, Inc.” until 1945 and Thompson’s Steelers moved to Philadelphia, leaving only the team nicknames in their original cities. Since NFL franchises are territorial rights distinct from individual corporate entities, the NFL does not consider this a franchise move and considers the current Philadelphia Eagles as a single unbroken entity from 1933.
After assuming ownership, Thompson promptly hired Greasy Neale as the team’s head coach. In its first years under Neale, the team continued to struggle. In 1943, when manpower shortages stemming from World War II made it impossible to fill the roster, the team temporarily merged with the Steelers to form a team popularly known as the “Steagles.” The merger, never intended as a permanent arrangement, was dissolved at the end of the 1943 season. This season saw the team’s first winning season in its 11-year history, with a finish of 5-4-1. In 1944, however, the Eagles finally experienced good fortune, as they made their finest draft pick to date: running back Steve Van Buren. At last, the team’s fortunes were about to change.
In 1971, the Eagles moved from Franklin Field to brand new Veterans Stadium. In its first season, the “Vet” was widely acclaimed as a triumph of ultra-modern sports engineering, a consensus that would be short-lived.
Veterans Stadium (informally called “The Vet”) was a multi-purpose stadium located at the northeast corner of Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. The listed seating capacities in 1971 were 56,371 for baseball.
Five months later, Smith agreed to let his nephew buy the Eagles. Lurie contacted Norman Braman, then-owner of the Eagles. Lurie bought the Philadelphia Eagles on May 6, 1994 from Braman for $195 million. Lurie and his mother, Nancy Lurie Marks of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts Philip Smith’s only daughter borrowed an estimated $190 million from the Bank of Boston to buy the Eagles.
The club is now estimated to be worth $1.164 billion, as valued in 2011 by Forbes.
Lincoln Financial Field is the home stadium of the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles and the Temple Owls football team of Temple University. It has a seating capacity of 69,176. It is located in South Philadelphia on Pattison Avenue between 11th and South Darien streets, also alongside I-95 as part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex. Many locals refer to the stadium simply as “The Linc”.
The stadium opened on August 3, 2003, after two years of construction that began on May 7, 2001, and replaced Veterans Stadium as the Eagles’ home stadium. While its total capacity barely changed, the new stadium contains double the number of luxury and wheelchair-accessible seats, along with more modern services.
The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football franchise based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) East division.
The franchise was established in 1933 as a replacement for the bankrupt Frankford Yellow Jackets, when a group led by Bert Bell secured the rights to an NFL franchise in Philadelphia. Bell, Chuck Bednarik, Bob Brown, Reggie White, Steve Van Buren, Tommy McDonald, Greasy Neale, Pete Pihos, Sonny Jurgensen, and Norm Van Brocklin have been inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1933 – Present National Football League
Eagles – In 1933, Bert Bell and Lud Wray purchased the bankrupt Frankford Yellowjackets. When Bert Bell established his NFL franchise in Philadelphia in 1933, the country was struggling to recover from the Great Depression. New president Franklin D. Roosevelt had introduced his “New Deal” program through the National Recovery Administration, which had the Eagle as its symbol. Since Bell hoped his franchise also was headed for a new deal, he picked Eagles as the team name.
1933 – Present Philadelphia Eagles
Super Bowl 0
NFL Championships 3
1960, 1949, 1948
2003 – Present Lincoln Financial Field
1971 – 2002 Veterans Stadium
1940, 1942 – 1957 Connie Mack Stadium
1940 – 1953 Shibe Park
1936 – 1939, 1941 Philadelphia Municipal Stadium
1933 – 1935 Baker Bowl
1994 – Present Jeffrey Lurie
1986 – 1994 Norman Braman
1985 Norman Braman and Ed Leibowitz
1969 – 1985 Leonard Tose
1963 – 1969 Jerry Wolman
1946 – 1963 Alexis Thompson
1940 – 1946 Bell and Alexis Thompson
1933 – 1940 Bert Bell and Lud Wray
5 Donovan McNabb
15 Steve Van Buren
20 Brian Dawkins
40 Tom Brookshier
44 Pete Retzlaff
60 Chuck Bednarik
70 Al Wistert
92 Reggie White
99 Jerome Brown
2005 – Present Sir Swoop
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