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1953 Philadelphia Eagles season
|1953 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Jim Trimble|
|Home field||Shibe Park|
|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. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive 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.
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.
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  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.
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 ||= Hall of Famer|
|1||7||Pick Traded to Los
|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)
|6||70||Pick Traded to
pick from Chicago Cardinals
|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|
|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|
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.
|NFL Eastern Conference|
|New York Giants||3||9||0||.250||3–7||179||277||L2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
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.
(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)
|= 1953 Pro Bowl ||= Hall of Famer|
- + = Pro Bowl starter
|60||Chuck Bednarik +||28||C-LB||12||0||233||6–3||4||Pennsylvania|
|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|
|81||Willie Irvin||23||DE-E||3||0||203||6–3||Rookie||Florida A&M|
|40||[[Don Johnson (halfback)}]]||22||HB||12||0||187||6–0||Rookie||California|
|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
|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
|85||Bob Schnelker||25||E||8||0||214||6–3||Rookie||Bowling Green|
|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|
|31||Ebert Van Buren||29||DB-LB-FB-HB||12||0||210||6–2||2||LSU|
|49||Jerry Williams||30||DB-HB||12||0||175||5–10||4|| Idaho and
|41||Frank Ziegler||30||HB-DB||12||0||175||5–11||4||Georgia Tech|
- Jerry Williams will become head coach of Eagles for the 1969 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
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)
- 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
- 1953 Philadelphia Eagles
- "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on June 25, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
- Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
- Players are identified as a 1953 All-Star.
- "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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