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1960 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head Coach Buck Shaw
Home Field Franklin Field
Results
Record 10–2–0
Place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff Finish Won NFL Championship (Packers)
Timeline
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1959 1961

The 1960 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 28th in the National Football League, resulting in the team defeating the Green Bay Packers to win their third NFL Championship.

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 twenty-eight seasons from 1950 to 1977.

Off SeasonEdit

On March 13, 1960 there was a expansion draft to stock the Dallas Rangers, who would later change 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 hold 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, Pennsylvania. The last year at Hershey was 1967.

NFL DraftEdit

The 1960 NFL Draft and The 1960 AFL Draft were separate drafts for college players.

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 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 Northwestern University. A total of 6 NFL 1st round picks in this draft would sign with the AFL this year.

Player SelectionsEdit

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]HalfbackNorthwestern Boston Patriots 1 Boston
2 20 Maxie BaughanLinebacker Georgia Tech Minneapolis[6] 1 Eagles
3 31 Curt MerzEnd 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 CummingsQuarterback North Carolina Boston 1
5 56 Don Norton[7]End Iowa Dallas Texans 1 Los Angeles Chargers
6 67 Emmett WilsonTackleGeorgia Tech Buffalo Bills
7 81 John WilkinsTackle 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 GrahamEnd Virginia Houston Oilers 2 Eagles
14 164 Ray PetersenBack West Virginia Buffalo 1
15 175 John WilcoxTackleOregon Minneapolis 1
16 189 Larry LancasterTackle Georgia Los Angeles 1
17 200 Mike GraneyEnd Notre Dame Buffalo 2
18 211 Emory TurnerGuard Purdue Dallas 1
19 225 Bob HainTackleIowa Los Angeles 2
20 236 Ramon ArmstrongGuard TCU New York 2 Oakland Raiders

Regular seasonEdit

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. It is considered one of the most famous tackles in NFL history.[8]

Bednarick became the last player to play entire games. He was averaging 58 minutes a game playing as starting center and a starting linebacker in second half of season.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 25 Cleveland L 24–41
56,303
2 September 30 at Dallas W 27–25
18,500
3 October 9 St. Louis W 31–27
33,701
4 October 16 Detroit W 28–10
38,065
5 October 23 at Cleveland W 31–29
64,850
6 Bye week
7 November 6 Pittsburgh W 34–7
58,324
8 November 13 Washington W 19–13
39,361
9 November 20 at New York Giants W 17–10
63,571
10 November 27 New York Giants W 31–23
60,547
11 December 4 at St. Louis W 20–6
21,358
12 December 11 at Pittsburgh L 21-27
22,101
13 December 18 at Washington W 38–28
20,558

PlayoffsEdit

File:1960NFLfullticket.jpg
Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Championship December 26 Green Bay Packers W 17–13
67,325

In another piece of Philadelphia lore, Bednarik said that on the last play of the NFL championship game he tackled Jim Taylor on the last play of game on 7 yard line and lay on top of him as he fought to get up as clock tick off final seconds. When the clock hit 00:00 to end the game, Bednarik said

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

Championship Game: vs Green Bay PackersEdit

Championship Game:   Philadelphia Eagles 17 (10–2–0)     vs     Green Bay Packers 13 (8–4–0)  – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Green Bay Packers 3 3 0 7 13
Philadelphia Eagles 0 10 0 7 17

at Franklin Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: Monday, December 26, 1960
  • Game time: Noon EST
  • Game attendance: 67,325
  • Referee: Ron Gibbs
  • TV: NBC
  • Recap and Stats
Game information
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1st
  • Packers – Paul Hornung 20 yard field goal     Green Bay   3 – 0
2nd
  • Packers – Paul Hornung 20 yard field goal   Green Bay  6 – 0
  • Eagles – Tommy McDonald 35 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick)   Eagles  7 – 6
  • Eagles – Bobby Walston 15 yard field goal   Eagles  10 – 6
4th
  • Packers – Max McGee 7 yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick)     Green Bay   13 – 10
  • Eagles – Ted Dean 5 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)   Eagles  17 – 13

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First downs
  • GB – 22    Phila – 13
Rush-yards-TDs
  • GB – 42–223–0    Phila – 28–99–1
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT
  • GB – 21–35–178–1–0    Phila – 9–20–204–1–1
Sacked-yards
  • GB – 0–0    Phila – 1–7
Net pass yards
  • GB – 178    Phila – 197
Total yards
  • GB – 401    Phila – 296
Fumbles-lost
  • GB – 1–1    Phila – 3–2
Turnovers
  • GB – 1    Phila – 3
Penalties-yards
  • GB – 4–27    Phila – 0–0

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StandingsEdit

Template:1960 Eastern Conference standings (NFL)

ResultsEdit

NFL ChampionshipEdit

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1960 RosterEdit

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

= 1960 All-Star Selection[9] = Hall of Famer
  • + After name means 1st team selection
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Buck Shaw 61 COACH 1958
record

10–2–0
Eagles
Lifetime

19–16–1
NFL
Lifetime

90–55–5
2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish


33 Billy Ray Barnes 25 HB 120201 5–11 3 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
55 Maxie Baughan 22 LB 12 12 227 6–1 Rookies Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
60 Chuck Bednarik 35 LB-C 12 0 233 6–3 11 Pennsylvania Quakers
40 Tom Brookshier 29 DB 12 0 1966–0 7 Colorado Buffaloes
22 Timmy Brown 23 RB 12 0 198 5–11 1 Ball State Cardinal
45 Don Burroughs 29 DB 12 0 190 6–4 5 Colorado State Rams
78 Marion Campbell 31 DE-DT-MG-G-T 1202506–36Georgia Bulldogs
67 Stan Campbell 30 G 12 0 226 6–0 8 Iowa State Cyclones
21 Jimmy Carr 27 DB-LB-HB 10 0 206 6–1 5 Charleston Golden Eagles
35 Ted Dean 22 FB-HB 12 0 213 6–2 Rookie Wichita State Shockers
41 Bobby Freeman 28 DB 12 0 202 6–1 3 Auburn Tigers
74 Gene Gossage 25 DE-DT-G 12 0 240 6–3 Rookie Northwestern Wildcats
71 Riley Gunnels 23 DT-DE 12 0 253 6–3 Rookie Georgia Bulldogs
65 Gerry Huth 27 G 12 0 226 6–0 4 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
28 Bobby G. Jackson 24 DB 12 0 190 6–1 Rookie Alabama Crimson Tide
27 Gene Johnson25 DB 11 0 187 6–0 1 Cincinnati Bearcats
9 Sonny Jurgensen 26 QB 12 02025–11 3Duke Blue Devils
61 Howard Keys 25 C-T 12 0 239 6–3 Rookie Oklahoma State Cowboys
73 Eddie Khayat 25 DT-DE-T 12 12 240 6–3 3 Tulane
54 Bill Lapham 26 C 12 0 238 6–5 Rookie Iowa
87 Dick Lucas 26 E 12 0 213 6–2 2 Boston College
75 Jim McCusker 24 T 12 12 246 6–2 2 Pittsburgh
25 Tommy McDonald 26FL-HB-SE-WR 120 1785–93Oklahoma
29 John Nocera 26 LB 10 0 220 6–1 1 Iowa Hawkeyes
70 Don Owens 28 DT-T 3 0 255 6–5 3 Southern Miss
26 Clarence Peaks 25 FB 7 0 218 6–1 3 Michigan St
53 Bob Pellegrini 26 LB-G 9 8 233 6–2 4 Maryland
17 Jerry Reichow 26 E-QB 12 0 217 6–2 4 Iowa Hawkeyes
44 Pete Retzlaff 29E-HB-TE120211 6–1 4 South Dakota St
72 Jesse Richardson30DT1202616–27 Alabama Crimson Tide
66 Joe Robb 23 DE-LB12 02386–3 1 TCU
30 Theron Sapp 25 FB-HB 5 0 203 6–1 1 Georgia Bulldogs
76 J.D. Smith 24 T 12 12 250 6–2 1 Rice
11 Norm Van Brocklin 34QB12121906–1 11 Oregon
83 Bobby Walston 32E-HB-K 12 0 190 6–0 9 Georgia Bulldogs
71 Chuck Weber 30 LB-DE-G 12 0 229 6–1 5 West Chester
88 John Wilcox 22 DT 12 0 230 6–5 Rookie Oregon Ducks
62 Jerry Wilson 24 DE 4 0 238 6–3 1 Auburn Tigers
62 John Wittenborn 24 G-K 8 0 238 6–2 2 Southeast Missouri State
38 Players
Team Average
26.4 12 220.9 6–1.6 3.2

Post SeasonEdit

Soon after the Championship Game against Green Bay, 61-year-old Buck Shaw retires as Head Coach of the Eagles. Eagles quarterback and 12 years veteran, Norm Van Brocklin retires after game also and expects to be named head coach. They instead name name Asst. Coach Nick Skorich who will lead the Eagle for the next 3 years.

Norm Van Brocklin is named Head Coach of the 1961 expansion Minnesota Vikings In the 1961 expansion draft the Eagles lost guard Gerry Huth, defensive back Gene Johnson, and center Bill Lapham, to Minnesota.

Awards and honorsEdit

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[10]

    • 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[11]
    • AP NFL MVP – Norm Van Brocklin
    • UPI MVP – Norm Van Brocklin

ReferencesEdit

  1. The 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.", Feb 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. Players are identified as a 1960 Pro Bowl selections.
  10. http://www.databasefootball.com/leagues/leagueyear.htm?lg=nfl&yr=1960
  11. http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm


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