1947 Philadelphia Eagles season

1947 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Greasy Neale
Home field Shibe Park
Record 8–4
Division place 1st NFL American
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship

The 1947 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 15th in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 6–5, winning eight games.[1] The team qualified for the playoffs for the first time in fifteen seasons.

Off season

The Eagles for the 2nd year went to Saranac High School Field / Eagles Residence, in Saranac Lake, New York to hold training camp. Greasy Neale liked having the Eagles train away from Philadelphia and they only trained near their homebase when there were wartime travel restrictions during WW II. Under Neale the Eagles trained in Wisconsin, upstate New York and Minnesota when they could travel.

NFL Draft

The 1947 NFL Draft was December 16, 1946. The NFL started a lottery of a bonus pick for the first pick in the draft. They did this until 1958.

The Eagles made 29 selections over the 32 rounds. They got the 6th or 7th pick in the rounds in which they had picks.

The top two picks in the draft was a lottery bonus pick as the number-one pick by the NFL champion Chicago Bears was Bob Fenimore, a back who attended Oklahoma A&M. With the number-two pick the Detroit Lions took 1946 Heisman Trophy winner Glenn Davis a halfback from Army. He was unable to play due to his required military service. Cal Rossi, a running back from UCLA was drafted again this year with the 4th pick by the Washington Redskins. He was taken in error with the 9th pick in the 1946 draft when he was still a junior in college. He declined to play pro football.

The future NFL Hall of Famers that were in this draft where Dante Lavelli (12th round), Art Donovan (22nd round) and Tom Landry (20th round).

Some players drafted were signed by All-America Football Conference teams.

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 Position School Rd Pick Player Position School
18Neill ArmstrongEndOklahoma A&M 2No PICK
319Bill MackridesBackNevada-Reno 4No PICK
530George SavitskyTacklePennsylvania 642Traded Pickto theChicago Bears
751Tony YovicsinEndMiami (FL) 868Al SatterfieldTackleVanderbilt
971Bob LeonettiGuardWake Forest 1080Ulysses CornoggTackleWake Forest
1191Alex SarkisianCenterNorthwestern 12102Jerry D'ArcyCenterTulsa
13110John HambergerTackleSouthern Methodist 14121Alvin JohnsonBackHardin–Simmons
15132Joe CookBackHardin–Simmons 16140Jeff DurkotaBackPenn State
17152Hubert ShurtzTackleLouisiana State 18161Hal BellBackMuhlenberg
19170Tom CampionTackleSoutheastern Louisiana 20182Fred HallGuardLouisiana State
21191Jim ClaytonTackleWyoming 22200George BlomquistEndNorth Carolina State
23212Joe HaynesGuardTulsa 24221Stanton HenseEndXavier
25230Johnny KellyBackRice 26242H. J. RobertsGuardRice
27251Phil CutchinBackKentucky 28261Charley WakefieldTackleStanford
29272Dick LangenbeckTackleCincinnati 30281Bernie WinklerTackleTexas Tech
31288Bill StephensTackleBaylor 32298Mike KaloshEndWisconsin–La Crosse


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 28, 1947 Washington Redskins W 45–42
2 October 5, 1947 New York Giants W 23–0
3 October 12, 1947 at Chicago Bears L 40–7
4 October 19, 1947 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 35–24
5 October 26, 1947 Los Angeles Rams W 14–7
6 November 2, 1947 at Washington Redskins W 38–14
7 November 9, 1947 at New York Giants W 41–24
8 November 16, 1947 Boston Yanks W 32–0
9 November 23, 1947 at Boston Yanks L 21–14
10 November 30, 1947 Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–0
11 December 7, 1947 Chicago Cardinals L 45–21
12 December 14, 1947 Green Bay Packers W 28–14


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional December 21, 1947 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–0
Championship December 28, 1947 at Chicago Cardinals L 28–21

1947 Roster

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

= 1947 Pro All-Star[3]
  • + = 1st team All-Star
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Greasy Neale56Coach1947


7thWest Virginia Wesleyan
Neill Armstrong21E-DB1211896–2RookieOklahoma State
Al Baisi30G202176–07West Virginia
Alf Bauman27DT-T202286–2RookieNorthwestern
Larry Cabrelli30E-DB601945–116Colgate
T.J. Campion29T502356–2RookieSoutheastern Louisiana
Russ Craft26DB-HB1041785–91Alabama
Noble Doss27HB901866–0RookieTexas
Otis Douglas36T1232246–11William & Mary
Jack Ferrante31E-DE1161976–16none
John Green26DE-E1211926–1RookieTulsa
Roger Harding24C-LB602176–22California
Jack Hinkle30B301956–07Syracuse
Dick Humbert29E-DE1111796–15Richmond
Jim Kekeris24T1022576–1RookieMissouri
Bucko Kilroy26G-MG-T-DT1292436–24Notre Dame, and
Ben Kish30B1282076–07Pittsburgh
Pete Kmetovic27HB501755–9RookieStanford
Bob Krieger28E721906–15Dartmouth
Bert Kuczynski26E301966–03Pennsylvania
Vic Lindskog33C1012036–13Stanford
Jay MacDowell28T-DE1232176–21Washington
Art Macioszczyk27FB1122086–03Western Michigan
Bill Mackrides22QB801825–11RookieNevada-Reno
Duke Maronic26G402095–93none
Pat McHugh28DB-HB911665–11RookieGeorgia Tech
Joe Muha26FB-LB12122056–11Virginia Military Institute
Cliff Patton24G-LB12122436–21TCU
Pete Pihos24E-DE12122106–1RookieIndiana
Hal Prescott27E1121996–11Hardin–Simmons
Bosh Pritchard28HB1151645–115Georgia Tech, and
Vic Sears29T-DT752236–36Oregon State
Allie Sherman24QB1101705–114Brooklyn
Ernie Steele30HB-DB1251876–05Washington
Gil Steinke28HB631756–02Texas A&M-Kingsville
Dan Talcott26T802356–3RookieUNLV
Tommy Thompson31QB1211926–17Tulsa
Steve Van Buren+27HB1272006–03LSU
Don Weedon28G1202205–11RookieTexas
Boyd Williams25C602186–3RookieSyracuse
Al Wistert+27T-G-DT12122146–14Michigan
Alex Wojciechowicz32C-LB-E12112175–119Fordham
John Wyhonic28G1222136–01Alabama
41 Players
Team Average


NFL Eastern Division
Philadelphia Eagles 8 4 0 .667 6–2 308 242 W1
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 4 0 .667 6–2 240 259 W1
Boston Yanks 4 7 1 .364 3–4–1 168 256 L2
Washington Redskins 4 8 0 .333 3–5 295 367 W1
New York Giants 2 8 2 .200 1–6–1 190 309 L1

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


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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.
  3. Players are identified as a 1947 Pro All-Star.
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