1949 Philadelphia Eagles season

1949 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Greasy Neale
Owner Happy Hundred
Home field Shibe Park
Local radio WCAU
Record 11–1
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship

The 1949 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 17th in the National Football League. The Eagles won their second-consecutive NFL championship.

Off season

The Eagles hold training camp for the 1st time at UM North Central Agriculture school in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

NFL Draft

The 1949 NFL draft was held on December 21, 1948. It would be 25 rounds long. The Eagles had the Lottery Bonus Pick in the draft and picked 1st. The Eagles would choose 26 players total during this draft. They had the last pick in each round as all teams picked in exery round. The All-America Football Conference was still a rival league and signing some of the NFL cast offs and draft picks. With the bonus and 1st pick overall, the Eagles took a local hero from the University of Pennsylvania, a center and linebacker, Chuck Bednarik. Along with him, the other future NFL Hall of Famers picked this year were Norm Van Brocklin, George Blanda, and Doak Walker.

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 [1] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School
11Chuck Bednarik
(Lottery bonus pick)
19Frank TripuckaQuarterbackNotre Dame
219Frank BurnsBackRutgers
329Frank ZieglerBackGeorgia Tech
441Don PancieraBackSan Francisco
551Terry BrennanBackNotre Dame
658Warren HueyEndMichigan State
771Frank GillespieGuardClemson
881Bob DeanBackCornell
991Jonathan JenkinsTackleDartmouth
10101Roy LesterEndWest Virginia
11111Bobby WilsonBackMississippi
12121Dale ArmstrongEndDartmouth
13131Lyle ButtonTackleIllinois
14141Bobby LundBackTennessee
15151Carl CoppTackleVanderbilt
16161Frank RenoEndWest Virginia
17171Leo SkladanyEndPittsburgh
18181Russ StraitBackMuhlenberg
19191Paul OdomGuardRollins
20201Lloyd BrinkmanBackMissouri
21211Lou FutrellBackUSC
22221Harvey KingryBackColorado Mines
23231Hank KalverTackleOklahoma City
24241Fred LeonTackleNevada-Reno
25251John "Bull" Schweder[2]GuardPennsylvania

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 22, 1949 at New York Bulldogs W 7–0
2 October 3, 1949 at Detroit Lions W 22–14
3 October 8, 1949 Chicago Cardinals W 28–3
4 October 16, 1949 at Chicago Bears L 38–21
5 October 23, 1949 Washington Redskins W 49–14
6 October 30, 1949 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 38–7
7 November 6, 1949 Los Angeles Rams W 38–14
8 November 13, 1949 at Washington Redskins W 44–21
9 November 20, 1949 New York Bulldogs W 42–0
10 November 27, 1949 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–17
11 December 4, 1949 at New York Giants W 24–3
12 December 11, 1949 New York Giants W 17–3

Game Recaps

Week 4 at Chi Bears

The Eagles get the only loss of the season against the Chicago Bears in a game played at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The last points of the game were made by 22 years 29 days old George Blanda. Blanda would score his last points against Philadelphia in his career 22 years and 1 day later on October 17, 1971. Also a placekicker, Blanda had one of the longest pro football careers, a total of 26 years.

Week 4: Philadelphia Eagles (3–1) at Chicago Bears (3–1)
1 2 34Total
Eagles 7 7 7021
Bears 7 14 71038

at Wrigley Field on Grass,

  • Date: October 16, 1949
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: degrees, wind mph
Game information

NFL Championship Game

Week Date Opponent Result
Championship December 18, 1949 at Los Angeles Rams W 14–0
1949 NFL Championship: Philadelphia Eagles (11–1) at Los Angeles Rams (8–2–2)
1 2 34Total
Eagles 0 7 7014
Rams 0 0 000

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on natural grass

  • Date: December 18, 1949
  • Game time: 1:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Heavy rain
  • Game attendance: 27,980
Game information


NFL Eastern Division
Philadelphia Eagles 11 1 0 .917 8–0 364 134 W8
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 5 1 .545 4–4 224 214 W1
New York Giants 6 6 0 .500 3–5 287 298 L2
Washington Redskins 4 7 1 .364 3–4–1 268 339 L1
New York Bulldogs 1 10 1 .091 1–6–1 153 368 L5

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

1949 Roster

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

= 1949 Pro Bowl [3] = Hall of Famer
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
[4]Greasy Neale58Coach1949 record
9thWest Virginia Wesleyan
Neill Armstrong23E-DB1241896–22Oklahoma State
Walt Barnes31G1202386–11LSU
60Chuck Bednarik24LB-C1072336–3RookiePennsylvania
Russ Craft30DB-HB1021785–93Alabama
Otis Douglas38T202246–13William & Mary
Jack Ferrante33E-DE1271976–18none
Mario Giannelli29MG-G1012656–01Boston College
John Green28DE-E721926–12Tulsa
Dick Humbert31E-DE1101796–18Richmond
Mike Jarmoluk27DT-T-MG902326–53Temple
Bucko Kilroy28G-MG-T-DT12122436–26Notre Dame,
Ben Kish32B702076–09Pittsburgh
Vic Lindskog35C542036–15Stanford
Jay MacDowell30T-DE812176–23Washington
Bill Mackrides24QB701825–112Nevada-Reno
John Magee26G1232205–101La-Lafayette,
Duke Maronic28G1122095–95none
Pat McHugh30DB-HB1201665–112Georgia Tech
Joe Muha28FB-LB12112056–13VMI
Jack Myers25FB-QB-LB1232006–21UCLA
Jim Parmer23FB-HB1211936–01Oklahoma State,
Texas A&M
Cliff Patton26G-LB1272436–23TCU
Pete Pihos+26E-DE1192106–12Indiana
Hal Prescott29E301996–13Hardin-Simmons
Bosh Pritchard30HB871645–117Georgia Tech,
Frank Reagan30B1201825–118Pennsylvania
George Savitsky25T1202446–21Pennsylvania
Clyde Scott25HB-DB821746–0RookieArkansas,
Vic Sears31T-DT11112236–38Oregon State
Leo Skladany22E312106–1RookiePittsburgh
Tommy Thompson33QB1291926–19Tulsa
15Steve Van Buren+29HB12102006–05LSU
Al Wistert29T-G-DT12112146–16Michigan
Alex Wojciechowicz34C-LB-E1212175–1111Fordham
Frank Ziegler26HB-DB1041755–11RookieGeorgia Tech
35 Players
Team Average


The NFL and the AAFC agree to form one league as the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to meet the AAFC 4 time Champion Cleveland Browns on the 1950 opening weekend in Philadelphia.

Awards and honors

All-Star Selections

  • Pete Pihos is selected as 1st team End – Defensive End.
  • Steve Van Buren is selected as 1st team Halfback

League Leaders[5]

  • Eagles Lead NFL as Overall Offensive Team.
  • Eagles Lead NFL as Overall Defensive Team.
  • Tommy Thompson finishes 2nd in Pass Completion Pct. with a .542 (214 attempts/116 completions)
  • Tommy Thompson leads in Passer Rating with an 84.4 rating
  • Steve Van Buren leads Rushing Attempts with 263
  • Steve Van Buren leads Rushing Yardage with 1,146 at the time a NFL record for season.
  • Bosh Pritchard leads in Rushing Yards per Attempts Avg. with 6.0 (84 rushes/506 yards 3 td, )
  • Steve Van Buren leads Rushing Touchdowns with 11
  • Cliff Patton leads league with Field Goals with 9 (on 18 attempts)
  • Cliff Patton finishes 2nd in league on Field Goal Attempts with 18
  • Frank Reagan and Clyde Scott are 2nd in Punt Returns for TDs with 1 each.
  • Pat Mchugh and Joe Muha finishes 2nd in Interceptions Returned for TD with 1 each.


  1. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  2. This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
  3. Players are identified as a 1949 All-Star.
  4. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/NealGr0.htm
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 14, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
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