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1956 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head Coach Hugh Devore
Home Field Connie Mack Stadium
Results
Record 3–8–1
Place 6th NFL Eastern
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1955 1957

The 1956 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 24th in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 4–7–1, winning only three games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.

Off SeasonEdit

The Eagles change coaches during the off season. Jim Trimble was fired on December 12, and they hired Hugh Devore. Trimble's legacy is more connected to football products, thanks to his "slingshot" goal posts. In 1966, he would design and market the idea. Today they are the common goal post at football games.

For the 6th year in a row the Eagles held training camp in Hershey, PA. They would hold training camp here until 1967.

NFL DraftEdit

The 1956 NFL Draft was held on November 29, 1955. The draft was 30 rounds long, with 12 teams making picks. A total of 360 players were selected. The Pittsburgh Steelers got this year's Lottery Bonus Pick and with it they selected Gary Glick, a Quarterback that went to Colorado State University.

The 1955 Eagles finished with a 4–7–1 record and will get to pick 4th or 5th in the rounds with the Chicago Cardinals. With their first round pick the Eagles selected Bob Pellegrini[2] He was featured on the cover of the November 7, 1955 edition of Sports Illustrated magazine.[3] a Center from the University of Maryland, College Park. The Eagles made a total of 30 picks in this years draft.

Player SelectionsEdit

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had[4] 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 [5] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School
1 4 Bob PellegriniCenter Maryland
2 16 Frank D'Agnostino Tackle Auburn
3 28 Don SchaeferBack Notre Dame
4 41 Choice to <br Washington Redskins
5 54 Fred "Fuzzy" ThurstonGuardValparaiso Crusaders
6 65 Tirrel BurtonBackMiami (OH)
7 78 John WaedekinTackleHardin-Simmons
8 89 Elroy PayneBackMcMurry University Warhawks
9 102 Johnny BrediceEnd Boston University
10 113 Tom DimmickCenter Houston
11 126 Kenny KellerBack North Carolina
12 137 Tommy HarkinsEnd Vanderbilt
13 150 James SidesBack Texas Tech
14 161 Frank ReichCenter Penn State
15 174 Don BrantBack Montana
16 185 Billy HixTackle Middle Tennessee
17 198 Joe MastrogiovanniBack Wyoming
18 209 Nick ConsolesDefensive back Wake Forest
19 222 Delano WomackBack Texas
20 233 Darrell GloverTackleMaryland-Eastern Shore Hawks
21 246 Jack AdamsTackle San Jose State
22 257 Joe MillerBack Cincinnati
23 270 Chet SpencerEnd Oklahoma State
24 281 John ParhamBack Wake Forest
25 294 Johnny GroganTackle Dayton
26 305 Earl LunsfordBack Oklahoma State
27 318 Al EllettTackle Alabama
28 329 Bill StrawnLinebacker Western Kentucky
29 342 Bob HughesBack Southern Mississippi
30 352 Joe UlmBackSan Jose State

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 30 at Los Angeles Rams L 27–7
54,412
2 October 6 Washington Redskins W 13–9
26,607
3 October 14 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 35–21
31,375
4 October 21 Chicago Cardinals L 20–6
36,545
5 October 28 at New York Giants L 20–3
40,960
6 November 4 at Chicago Cardinals L 28–17
27,609
7 November 11 Pittsburgh Steelers W 14–7
22,652
8 November 18 Cleveland Browns L 16–0
25,894
9 November 25 San Francisco 49ers T 10–10
19,326
10 December 2 at Cleveland Browns L 17–14
20,654
11 December 9 at Washington Redskins L 19–17
22,333
12 December 15 New York Giants L 21–7
16,562

StandingsEdit

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 8 3 1 .727 264 197 W-1
Chicago Cardinals 7 5 0 .583 240 182 W-1
Washington Redskins 6 6 0 .500 183 225 L-2
Cleveland Browns 5 7 0 .417 167 177 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 7 0 .417 167 177 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 8 1 .273 143 215 L-3

1956 RosterEdit

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

= 1956 Pro Bowl [6] = Hall of Famer
  • + = Was a Starter in the Pro-Bowl
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Hugh Devore COACH 1956
record

3–8–1
Eagles
Lifetime

3–8–1
NFL
Lifetime

3–10–1
1st Notre Dame
20Bibbles Bawel26DB1201856–14Evansville
60Chuck Bednarik31LB-C1202336–37Pennsylvania
81Eddie Bell25DB-LB1202126–1 1 Pennsylvania
33Will Berzinski22HB401956–2RookieWisconsin-LaCrosse
36Dick Bielski24E-FB1202246–1 1 Maryland
89John Bredice22E1202136–1RookieBoston University
40Tom Brookshier25DB1101966–03Colorado
10Adrian Burk29QB1231906–26Baylor
84Hank Burnine24E701886–2RookieMissouri
78Marion Campbell27DE-DT-MG-G-T1202506–32Georgia
66Frank D'Agostino22G-T1202456–1RookieAuburn
65Tom Dimmick25C-T-LB1202536–6RookieHouston
27Hal Giancanelli27HB701825–103Loyola Marymount
64Abe Gibron31G202435–117Purdue, and
Valparaiso
63Ken Huxhold27G1202266–12Wisconsin
23Ken Keller22HB1101805–10RookieNorth Carolina
50Bob Kelley26C1202326–2 1 West Texas A&M
71Don King27DE-DT302606–32Kentucky
79Buck Lansford23G-T12122326–2 1 Texas
68Dick Murley23T502476–0RookiePurdue
68Maury Nipp26G302196–04Loyola Marymount
41Jerry Norton25DB-HB601955–112SMU
43Jim Parmer30FB-HB401936–08Oklahoma State
53Bob Pellegrini22LB-G1202336–2RookieMaryland
25Pete Retzlaff25E-HB-TE1002116–1RookieSouth Dakota State
71Jim Ricca29MG-T-G-DT 1 02706–45Georgetown (DC)
72Jess Richardson26DT1102616–23Alabama
22Lee Riley24DB901926–1 1 Detroit Mercy
52Wayne Robinson26LB-C1102256–24Minnesota
45Rocky Ryan24DB-E1202026–1RookieIllinois
24Don Schaefer22FB1202106–0RookieNotre Dame
82Tom Scott26DE-LB1202186–23Virginia
43Bob G. Smith23HB401955–10 1 Nebraska
80Bill Stribling29E202066–15Mississippi
11Bobby Thomason28QB1291966–17VMI
83Bobby Walston28E-HB-K1201906–05Georgia
77Jim Weatherall27DT-T12122456–4 1 Oklahoma
46Ted Wegert24HB702025–11 1 none
86Norm Willey29DE-G-E902246–26Marshall
75Frank Wydo32T-DT1202256–49Cornell
73Sid Youngelman25DT-DE1202576–31Alabama
41 Players
Team Average
25.8 12 218.4 6–1.3 2.6

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1956 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Pac-10 in the Heisman Voting (PDF), Pacific 10 Conference, p. 4, 2005.
  3. Bob Pellegrini, Football, Maryland Terrapins, Sports Illustrated, November 7, 1955.
  4. www.profootballhof.com/history shows the 1956 draft picks by all all NFL teams sorted by team.
  5. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  6. Players are identified as a 1956 All-Star.

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