1955 Philadelphia Eagles season
OwnerHappy Hundred
Head coachJim Trimble
Home fieldConnie Mack Stadium
Results
Record4–7–1
Division place4th (tied) NFL Eastern
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1955 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 23rd in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 7–4–1, winning only four games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

Off Season

NFL Draft

The 1955 NFL Draft was held on January 27–28, 1955. This was a draft that lasted for 30 rounds, with 12 teams selecting 360 players. This was also a lottery pick year again and the Baltimore Colts had that and the third pick in the draft. With the Lottery bonus pick, they chose George Shaw a Quarterback from the University of Oregon football program. Two picks later they chose 1954 Heisman Trophy winner Alan Ameche[2] a Fullback that played in the Wisconsin Badgers football program.

Because of a 7–4–1 record in the 1954 Philadelphia Eagles season the Eagles normally will pick 8th in the odd rounds and 9th in the even rounds. They alternated with the San Francisco 49ers The Eagle made a pick in every round.

The Philadelphia Eagles used their 1st round pick, 9th pick in the draft, to select Dick Bielski a Fullback from Maryland

Only draftee from this year draft to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is Johnny Unitas, Quarterback from the Louisville taken 9th round 102nd overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1979 [3] member.

Player selections

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 [4] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School Rd Pick Player Position School
1 9 Dick Bielski Fullback Maryland 2 22 Alex "Buck" Lansford Tackle Texas
3 33 Frank Eidom Back Southern Methodist 4 46 Dean Dugger End Ohio State
5 57 Gene Lamone Guard West Virginia 6 70 Billy Quinn Back Texas
7 81 Bill McKenna End Brandeis 8 94 Herman Watson Tackle Vanderbilt
9 105 Von Morgan End Abilene Christian 10 118 Talmadge "Duke" Washington Back Washington State
11 129 Bob Hardy Back Kentucky 12 142 Andy Nacrelli End Fordham
13 153 Jerry Krisher Center Ohio State 14 166 Tommy Bell Back Army
15 177 Don Brougher Center Maryland 16 190 Clyde White Guard Clemson
17 18
19 225 Terry Fails End Vanderbilt 20
21 22
23 24 286 Vic "Hootie" Postula Back Michigan State
25 26 310 George Palachunik Guard Maryland
27 28
29 345 Ron Lloyd Tackle Bucknell 30 357 Dave Finney Back Texas Christian

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 24 New York Giants W 27–17 1–0 Connie Mack Stadium 29,597 Recap
2 October 1 Washington Redskins L 30–31 1–1 Connie Mack Stadium 31,891 Recap
3 October 9 at Cleveland Browns L 17–21 1–2 Cleveland Municipal Stadium 43,974 Recap
4 October 15 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 7–13 1–3 Forbes Field 33,413 Recap
5 October 23 Chicago Cardinals T 24–24 1–3–1 Connie Mack Stadium 24,620 Recap
6 October 30 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–0 2–3–1 Connie Mack Stadium 31,164 Recap
7 November 6 at Washington Redskins L 21–34 2–4–1 Griffith Stadium 25,741 Recap
8 November 13 Cleveland Browns W 33–17 3–4–1 Connie Mack Stadium 39,303 Recap
9 November 20 at New York Giants L 7–31 3–5–1 Polo Grounds 22,075 Recap
10 November 27 Los Angeles Rams L 21–23 3–6–1 Connie Mack Stadium 21,668 Recap
11 December 4 Chicago Cardinals W 27–3 4–6–1 Connie Mack Stadium 19,478 Recap
12 December 11 at Chicago Bears L 10–17 4–7–1 Wrigley Field 34,783 Recap

Note: Intra-conference opponents are in bold text.

Standings

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 9 2 1 .818 7–2–1 349 218 W2
Washington Redskins 8 4 0 .667 6–4 246 222 W1
New York Giants 6 5 1 .545 4–5–1 267 223 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 4 7 1 .364 4–5–1 248 231 L1
Chicago Cardinals 4 7 1 .364 3–6–1 224 252 L2
Pittsburgh Steelers 4 8 0 .333 4–6 195 285 L7

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

Roster

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

= 1955 Pro Bowl[5] = Hall of Famer
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Jim Trimble 35 COACH 1945
record

4–7–1
NFL-Eagles
Lifetime

25–20–3
4th Indiana University
33 Roy Barni 28 DB 4 0 185 5–11 3 San Francisco
20 Bibbles Bawel 25 DB 12 0 185 6–1 3 Evansville
60 Chuck Bednarik 29 LB-C 12 0 233 6–3 5 Pennsylvania
81 Eddie Bell 24 DB-LB 12 0 212 6–1 Rookie Pennsylvania
36 Dick Bielski 23 E-FB 12 0 224 6–1 Rookie Maryland
10 Adrian Burk 27 QB 12 8 190 6–2 4 Baylor
64 Russ Carroccio 24 G-T-DT-DG 7 0 235 6–1 1 Virginia
44 Harry Dowda 33 DB-HB 12 0 195 6–2 6 Wake Forest
27 Hal Giancanelli 26 HB 12 0 182 5–10 2 Loyola Marymount
22 Ralph Goldston 26 HB-DB 10 0 195 5–11 3 Youngstown State
71 Tom Higgins 25 T-G-DT 12 0 230 6–2 2 North Carolina
42 Bob Hudson 25 DB-LB-E 12 0 225 6–4 4 Clemson
63 Ken Huxhold 26 G 12 0 226 6–1 1 Wisconsin
78 Mike Jarmoluk 33 DT-T-MG 12 0 232 6–5 9 Temple
40 [[Don Johnson (halfback)}]] 24 HB 2 0 187 6–0 2 California
50 Bob Kelley 25 C 12 0 232 6–2 Rookie West Texas A&M
76 Bucko Kilroy 34 G-MG-T-DT 1 0 243 6–2 12 Temple
79 Buck Lansford 22 G-T 12 12 232 6–2 Rookie Texas
25 Toy Ledbetter 28 HB 8 0 198 5–10 5 Oklahoma State
67 John Magee 32 G 7 0 220 5–10 7 La-Lafayette, and
Rice
41 Jerry Norton 24 DB-HB 12 0 195 5–11 1 SMU
43 Jim Parmer 29 FB-HB 12 0 193 6–0 7 Oklahoma State
35 Pete Pihos + 32 E-DE 12 0 210 6–1 8 Indiana
71 Jim Ricca 28 MG-T-G-DT 6 0 270 6–4 4 Georgetown (DC)
72 Jess Richardson 25 DT 12 0 261 6–2 2 Alabama
52 Wayne Robinson 25 LB-C 12 0 225 6–2 3 Minnesota
82 Tom Scott 25 DE-LB 12 0 218 6–2 2 Virginia
66 Ed Sharkey 28 LB-G-T-DG 7 0 229 6–3 8 Duke, and
Nevada-Reno
73 Lum Snyder 25 T 12 0 228 6–5 3 Georgia Tech
80 Bill Stribling 28 E 12 0 206 6–1 4 Mississippi
24 George Taliaferro 28 HB-TB-QB-DB 3 0 196 5–11 6 Indiana
11 Bobby Thomason 27 QB 10 3 196 6–1 6 VMI
83 Bobby Walston 27 E-HB-K 12 0 190 6–0 4 Georgia ... Uga's page
77 Jim Weatherall 26 DT-T 12 0 245 6–4 Rookie Oklahoma
46 Ted Wegert 23 HB 7 0 202 5–11 Rookie none
86 Norm Willey + 27 DE-G-E 12 0 224 6–2 4 Marshall
75 Frank Wydo 31 T-DT 12 0 225 6–4 8 Cornell
37 Players
Team Average
27.1 12 215.7 6–1.4 3.9

References

  1. ^ 1955 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. ^ Alan Ameche, 1954 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on June 30, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
  3. ^ List of 1970s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  4. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  5. ^ Players are identified as a 1955 All-Star.