1953 Philadelphia Eagles season

1953 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Jim Trimble
Owner Happy Hundred
Home field Shibe Park
Results
Record 7–4–1
Division place 2nd NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1953 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 21st in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 7–5, going 7–4–1.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

Off Season

At the end of the 1952 season, 2-year player Bud Grant is offered a pay raise in his contract. He chooses to play football in the CFL(Canadian Football League) instead. He would have a career worthy of being named to the CFL's Hall of Fame as a player. Later on he would make the Pro Football Hall of Fame as coach of the Minnesota Vikings.

The Eagles held training camp at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, PA for the 3rd strait year.

Matt Guokas, Sr. is hired to be the PA announcer for the Eagles. Guokas played basketball for Saint Joseph's Hawks in college and the Philadelphia Warriors in the NBA. After losing his right leg in an automobile accident, Guokas turned to broadcasting, and he served as an announcer for the N Philadelphia Eagles for 32 years from 1953 to 1985.

NFL Draft

The 1953 NFL Draft was held on January 22, 1953. There was 30 rounds in the draft with 12 teams picking. The San Francisco 49ers received this year's Lottery bonus pick. With this pick they chose Harry Babcock an End out of University of Georgia.

The 1952 expansion team Dallas Texans (NFL) folded during the 1952 season and then became the Baltimore Colts on January 23, 1953. The Colts had the number 1 pick and choose Heisman Trophy winner Billy Vessels [2] a Halfback out of University of Oklahoma.

With a 7–5 record in 1952 the Eagles got the 7th, 8th or 9th pick in the 30 rounds. With trading away their 1st round pick the Eagles 1st selection was the 7th pick in the 2nd round, 20th overall, they chose Al Conway a Back out of Army and William Jewell College. He did not play due to injury and ended up as an official in the American Football League and an official in the NFL for 28 years.

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 [3] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School Rd Pick Player Position School
1 7 Pick Traded to Los
Angeles Rams
2 20 Al Conway Back Army and William Jewell College
3 34 Don Johnson Back California 4 45 George Mrkonic Guard Kansas
5 56 Eddie Bell End Pennsylvania 5 61 Rex Smith
(pick from Detroit Lions)
End Illinois
6 70 Pick Traded to
Chicago Cardinals
7 76 Jack Erickson
pick from Chicago Cardinals
Tackle Army/Beloit
7 81 Ray Malavasi Guard Army/Mississippi State 8 92 Jess Richardson Tackle Alabama
9 106 Roger French End Minnesota 10 117 Tom Brookshier Back Colorado
11 128 Bob Pollard Back Penn State 12 142 George Porter Tackle San Jose State
13 153 Ray Westort Guard Utah 14 164 Roy Bailey Back Tulane
15 178 Willie Irvin End Florida A&M 16 189 Bud Wallace Back North Carolina
17 200 Tony Rados Back Penn State 18 214 Marv Trauth Tackle Mississippi
19 225 Pete Bachouros Back Illinois 20 236 Rollie Arns Center Iowa State
21 250 Hal Brooks Tackle Washington & Lee 22 261 Laurie LeClaire Back Michigan
23 272 Jeff Knox End Georgia Tech 24 286 Eli Romero Back Wichita State
25 297 Johnny Michels Guard Tennessee 26 308 Harvey Achziger Tackle Colorado State
27 322 Earl Hersh Back West Chester 28 333 Joe Gratson Back Penn State
29 344 Ralph Paolone Back Kentucky 30 357 Chuck Hren Back Northwestern

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 27, 1953 at San Francisco 49ers L 31–21
2 October 2, 1953 Washington Redskins T 21–21
3 October 10, 1953 at Cleveland Browns L 37–13
4 October 17, 1953 Pittsburgh Steelers W 23–7
5 October 25, 1953 at Chicago Cardinals W 56–17
6 November 1, 1953 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 35–7
7 November 8, 1953 New York Giants W 30–7
8 November 15, 1953 Baltimore Colts W 45–14
9 November 21, 1953 Chicago Cardinals W 38–0
10 November 29, 1953 at New York Giants L 37–28
11 December 6, 1953 at Washington Redskins L 10–0
12 December 13, 1953 Cleveland Browns W 42–27

Game Recaps

Week 1 @ San Francisco

Week 2 vs Washington

The Eagles inability to hold onto the ball allows the Washington Redskins to tie them at 21 – 21. The Eagles allowed 4 interceptions and would lose 1 fumble as they allowed Washington to gain 182 yards on 9 completions. The Eagles also hurt their cause by having 10 penalties for 99 yards called against them.

Week 3 @ Cleveland Browns

Week 4 vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 5 @ Chicago Cardinals

Week 6 @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 7 vs New York Giants

Week 8 vs Baltimore Colts

Week 9 vs Chicago Cardinals

Week 10 @ New York Giants

Week 11 @ Washington Redskins

Week 12 vs Cleveland Browns

The Eagles give the Cleveland Browns their only loss of the regular season in the final week of the season. Cleveland would have 3 turn overs during the game.

Standings

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 11 1 0 .917 9–1 348 162 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 4 1 .636 6–3–1 352 215 W1
Washington Redskins 6 5 1 .545 6–3–1 208 215 L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 6 0 .500 5–5 211 263 W2
New York Giants 3 9 0 .250 3–7 179 277 L2
Chicago Cardinals 1 10 1 .091 0–10 190 337 W1

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

Playoffs

With a record of 7–4–1 the Eagles finish behind Cleveland and fail to make the playoffs. The Detroit Lions won the National Division and played the Cleveland Browns in the 1953 NFL Championship Game.

1953 Roster

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

= 1953 Pro Bowl [4] = Hall of Famer
  • + = Pro Bowl starter
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Jim Trimble 35 COACH 1953
record

7–3–1
NFL-Eagles
Lifetime

14–9–1
2nd Indiana University
60 Chuck Bednarik + 28 C-LB 12 0 233 6–3 4 Pennsylvania
36 John Brewer 25 FB 6 0 230 6–4 1 Louisville
45 Tom Brookshier 22 DB 11 0 196 6–0 Rookie Colorado
10 Adrian Burk 26 QB 10 4 190 6–2 3 Baylor
33 Russ Craft 34 DB-HB 12 0 178 5–9 7 Alabama
53 Ken Farragut 25 C-LB 12 0 240 6–4 2 Mississippi
14 Bob Gambold 24 QB 3 0 215 6–4 Rookie Washington State
27 Hal Giancanelli 24 HB 12 0 182 5–10 Rookie Loyola Marymount
88 Bob Hudson 23 DB-LB-E 12 0 225 6–4 2 Clemson
81 Willie Irvin 23 DE-E 3 0 203 6–3 Rookie Florida A&M
78 Mike Jarmoluk 31 DT-T-MG 12 0 232 6–5 7 Temple
40 Don Johnson 22 HB 12 0 187 6–0 Rookie California
76 Bucko Kilroy 32 G-MG-T-DT 12 0 243 6–2 10 Temple
25 Toy Ledbetter 26 HB 10 0 198 5–10 3 Oklahoma State
67 John Magee 30 G 12 0 220 5–10 5 La-Lafayette and
Rice
61 John Michels 22 G 11 0 200 5–11 Rookie Tennessee
72 George Mrkonic 24 T-DT 10 0 225 6–2 Rookie Kansas
68 Maury Nipp 23 G 12 0 219 6–0 1 Loyola Marymount
43 Jim Parmer 27 FB-HB 12 0 193 6–0 5 Oklahoma State
35 Pete Pihos + 30 E-DE 12 0 210 6–1 6 Indiana
21 Al Pollard 25 HB-FB 12 0 196 6–0 2 Army and
Loyola Marymount
65 Jess Richardson 23 DT 12 0 261 6–2 Rookie Alabama
52 Wayne Robinson 23 LB-C 11 0 225 6–2 1 Minnesota
85 Bob Schnelker 25 E 8 0 214 6–3 Rookie Bowling Green
82 Tom Scott 23 DE-LB 12 0 218 6–2 Rookie Virginia
79 Vic Sears 35 T-DT 12 0 223 6–3 12 Oregon State
73 Lum Snyder 23 T 12 0 228 6–5 1 Georgia Tech
44 Bob Stringer 24 LB-FB 12 0 197 6–1 1 Tulsa
11 Bobby Thomason 25 QB 12 8 196 6–1 4 VMI
31 Ebert Van Buren 29 DB-LB-FB-HB 12 0 210 6–2 2 LSU
83 Bobby Walston 25 E-HB-K 12 0 190 6–0 2 Georgia
86 Norm Willey 26 DE-G-E 12 0 224 6–2 3 Marshall
49 Jerry Williams 30 DB-HB 12 0 175 5–10 4 Idaho and
Washington State
75 Frank Wydo 29 T-DT 12 12 225 6–4 6 Cornell
41 Frank Ziegler 30 HB-DB 12 0 175 5–11 4 Georgia Tech
35 Players
Team Average
12
  • Jerry Williams will become Head coach of Eagles for the 1969 season

Post Season

Philadelphia finished second in last 2 seasons to the Cleveland Browns, with that Trimble is awarded a three-year contract after the team's second straight runnerup finish in 1953.

Awards and honors

Pro Bowl

The Eagles placed 6 players on the 1953 Pro Bowl team. Chuck Bednarik is named MVP of the Pro Bowl.

Chuck Bednarik (Center – Linebacker)
Ken Farragut (Center – Linebacker)
Bucko Kilroy (Lineman)
Pete Pihos (End)
Lum Snyder (Tackle)
Bobby Thomason (Quarterback)

League Leaders[5]

Bobby Thomason finished 2nd in Passing Attempts and Passing Yards to George Blanda
Bobby Thomason finished 3rd in Pass Completions
Pete Pihos leads league in Receptions, Receiving Yards and Receiving TDs
Chuck Bednarik ties for lead in Interceptions Returned for TD

References

  1. ^ 1953 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. ^ "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on June 25, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
  3. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  4. ^ Players are identified as a 1953 All-Star.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved March 22, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) 1953 League Leaders

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