1937 Philadelphia Eagles season

1937 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Bert Bell
Owner Bert Bell
Home field Philadelphia Municipal Stadium
Record 2–8–1
Division place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1937 Philadelphia Eagles season was their fifth in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 1–11, winning two games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

Off Season

NFL Draft

The 1937 NFL Draft took place December 12, 1936. It would be for 10 rounds and teams picking a total of 100 players.

The Eagles would have the 1st pick in the draft. They used this pick to choose, running up in Heisman Trophy, Sam Francis, a back out of Nebraska. He never played a game for the Eagles but he did play for the Chicago Bears

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 [2] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick # Player PositionCollege
11Sam FrancisBackNebraska
211Franny MurrayBackPennsylvania
321Drew EllisTackleTCU
431Walt GilbertBackAuburn
541Alex DrobnitchBackDenver
651Bill GuckeysonBackMaryland
761Herb BarnaGuardWest Virginia
871Nestor HennonBackCarnegie-Mellon
981Paul FanningBackKansas State
1091Ray AntilBackMinnesota

Regular season

The Eagles 1937 NFL season started on September 5 and ended 11 weeks later on November 14. The Eagles would play 4 games at home and 7 games on the road.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 5, 1937 at Pittsburgh Pirates L 27–14
2 September 10, 1937 at Brooklyn Dodgers L 13–7
3 September 21, 1937 Cleveland Rams L 21–3
4 September 26, 1937 Chicago Cardinals T 6–6
5 October 3, 1937 New York Giants L 16–7
6 October 10, 1937 at Washington Redskins W 14–0
7 October 17, 1937 at New York Giants L 21–0
8 October 24, 1937 Washington Redskins L 10–7
9 October 31, 1937 at Pittsburgh Pirates L 16–7
10 November 7, 1937 at Brooklyn Dodgers W 14–10
11 November 14, 1937 at Green Bay Packers L 37–7


NFL Eastern Division
Washington Redskins 8 3 0 .727 6–2 195 120 W3
New York Giants 6 3 2 .667 5–2–1 128 109 L1
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 7 0 .364 4–4 122 145 L1
Brooklyn Dodgers 3 7 1 .300 2–5–1 82 174 T1
Philadelphia Eagles 2 8 1 .200 2–6 86 177 L1

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

NFL Playoffs

With a 2–8–1 record in 1937, the Eagles do not make the playoffs and play in the 1937 NFL Championship Game. The Washington Redskins defeated Chicago Bears in Chicago.

1937 Roster

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

A List of the 1937 Philadelphia Eagles.

NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Bert Bell42Coach1937 record
NFL-Eagles Lifetime
Jay Arnold25HB-WB-DB-BB1062106–1RookieTexas
Winnie Baze23B1041905–11RookieMissouri, Texas-El Paso
Art Buss26T11112196–33Michigan State
Joe Carter27E1082016–14Austin, SMU
Jack Dempsey25T212256–21Bucknell
Fritz Ferko25T1052426–1RookieMount St. Mary's University
Glenn Frey25B651935–111Temple
Swede Hanson30B201926–16Temple
Maurice Harper27C932276–4RookieAustin
Bill Hewitt28E-DE11111905–95Michigan
Tex Holcomb24T112356–2RookieTexas Tech
Bill Hughes22G-C1182266–1RookieTexas
Rabbit Keen23QB801705–9RookieArkansas
Charlie Knox?B101855–11RookieSt. Edmonds
John Kusko23B1041945–111Temple
Jim Leonard27B202046–03Notre Dame
Jim MacMurdo28T-G302096–15Pittsburgh
Bob Masters26HB932005–11RookieBaylor
Forrest McPherson26G-C-T302335–112Nebraska
Emmett Mortell21B11111816–1RookieNotre Dame, Wisconsin
Joe Pilconis26E1131896–13Temple
George Rado25G-DE911945–92Duquesne
Hank Reese28C-G1182145–114Temple
Herb Roton24E912106–2RookieAuburn
Jim Russell29G-T312105–111Temple
Dave Smukler23FB-LB11112266–11Missouri, Temple
Ray Spillers25T1032186–3RookieArkansas
Mule Stockton24G11112146–1RookieMcMurry
Vince Zizak29G-T212085–83
32 Players
Team Average

Post Season

With a record of 2–8–1 the Philadelphia Eagles failed to make it to the NFL Championship game


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  2. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
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