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 regards the ...
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’ ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Super Bowl LII was the 52nd Super Bowl and the 48th modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game to determine a champion for the 2017 season. The National Football Conference (NFC) champion Philadelphia Eagles defeated the American Football Conference (AFC) champion and defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, 41–33, to win their first Super Bowl, and denied the Patriots a record-tying sixth Super Bowl win; the loss tied the Patriots with the ...
History of the Eagles
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 into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Since their formation, the Eagles have appeared in the playoffs 27 times, won 14 division titles (11 in the NFC East), appeared in four pre-merger NFL Championship Games, winning three of them (1948, 1949, and 1960), and appeared in three Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl LII at the end of the 2017 season.
1933 - Present / National Football League
1933 - Present / Philadelphia Eagles
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.
Super Bowl 1
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
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
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
*Blue is this team’s history