1955 Philadelphia Eagles season

1955 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Jim Trimble
Owner Happy Hundred
Record 4–7–1
Division place 6th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1955 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 23rd in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 7–4–1, winning only four games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

Off Season

NFL Draft

The 1955 NFL Draft was held on January 27–28, 1955. This was a draft that lasted for 30 rounds, with 12 teams selecting 360 players. This was also a lottery pick year again and the Baltimore Colts had that and the third pick in the draft. With the Lottery bonus pick, they chose George Shaw a Quarterback from the University of Oregon football program. Two picks later they chose 1954 Heisman Trophy winner Alan Ameche [2] a Fullback that played in the Wisconsin Badgers football program.

Because of a 7–4–1 record in the 1954 Philadelphia Eagles season the Eagles normally will pick 8th in the odd rounds and 9th in the even rounds. They alternated with the San Francisco 49ers The Eagle made a pick in every round.

The Philadelphia Eagles used their 1st round pick, 9th pick in the draft, to select Dick Bielski a Fullback from Maryland

Only draftee from this year draft to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is Johnny Unitas, Quarterback from the Louisville taken 9th round 102nd overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a Professional Football Hall of Fame Class of 1979 [3] member.

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 [4] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School Rd Pick Player Position School
19Dick BielskiFullbackMaryland 222Alex "Buck" LansfordTackleTexas
333Frank EidomBackSouthern Methodist 446Dean DuggerEndOhio State
557Gene LamoneGuardWest Virginia 670Billy QuinnBackTexas
781Bill McKennaEndBrandeis 894Herman WatsonTackleVanderbilt
9105Von MorganEndAbilene Christian 10118Talmadge "Duke" WashingtonBackWashington State
11129Bob HardyBackKentucky 12142Andy NacrelliEndFordham
13153Jerry KrisherCenterOhio State 14166Tommy BellBackArmy
15177Don BrougherCenterMaryland 16190Clyde WhiteGuardClemson
17 18
19225Terry FailsEndVanderbilt 20
21 22
23 24286Vic "Hootie" PostulaBackMichigan State
25 26310George PalachunikGuardMaryland
27 28
29345Ron LloydTackleBucknell 30357Dave FinneyBackTexas Christian


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 24, 1955 New York Giants W 27–17
2 October 1, 1955 Washington Redskins L 31–30
3 October 9, 1955 at Cleveland Browns L 21–17
4 October 15, 1955 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 13–7
5 October 23, 1955 at Chicago Cardinals T 24–24
6 October 30, 1955 Pittsburgh Steelers W 24–0
7 November 6, 1955 at Washington Redskins L 34–21
8 November 13, 1955 Cleveland Browns W 33–17
9 November 20, 1955 at New York Giants L 31–7
10 November 27, 1955 Los Angeles Rams L 23–21
11 December 4, 1955 Chicago Cardinals W 27–3
12 December 11, 1955 at Chicago Bears L 17–10


NFL Eastern Conference
Cleveland Browns 9 2 1 .818 7–2–1 349 218 W2
Washington Redskins 8 4 0 .667 6–4 246 222 W1
New York Giants 6 5 1 .545 4–5–1 267 223 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 4 7 1 .364 4–5–1 248 231 L1
Chicago Cardinals 4 7 1 .364 3–6–1 224 252 L2
Pittsburgh Steelers 4 8 0 .333 4–6 195 285 L7

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

1955 Roster

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

= 1955 Pro Bowl [5] = Hall of Famer
  • + = Was a Starter in the Pro-Bowl
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Jim Trimble35COACH1945


4thIndiana University
33Roy Barni28DB401855–113San Francisco
20Bibbles Bawel25DB1201856–13Evansville
60Chuck Bednarik29LB-C1202336–35Pennsylvania
81Eddie Bell24DB-LB1202126–1RookiePennsylvania
36Dick Bielski23E-FB1202246–1RookieMaryland
10Adrian Burk27QB1281906–24Baylor
64Russ Carroccio24G-T-DT-DG702356–11Virginia
44Harry Dowda33DB-HB1201956–26Wake Forest
27Hal Giancanelli26HB1201825–102Loyola Marymount
22Ralph Goldston26HB-DB1001955–113Youngstown State
71Tom Higgins25T-G-DT1202306–22North Carolina
42Bob Hudson25DB-LB-E1202256–44Clemson
63Ken Huxhold26G1202266–11Wisconsin
78Mike Jarmoluk33DT-T-MG1202326–59Temple
40Don Johnson24HB201876–02California
50Bob Kelley25C1202326–2RookieWest Texas A&M
76Bucko Kilroy34G-MG-T-DT102436–212Temple
79Buck Lansford22G-T12122326–2RookieTexas
25Toy Ledbetter28HB801985–105Oklahoma State
67John Magee32G702205–107La-Lafayette, and
41Jerry Norton24DB-HB1201955–111SMU
43Jim Parmer29FB-HB1201936–07Oklahoma State
35Pete Pihos +32E-DE1202106–18Indiana
71Jim Ricca28MG-T-G-DT602706–44Georgetown (DC)
72Jess Richardson25DT1202616–22Alabama
52Wayne Robinson25LB-C1202256–23Minnesota
82Tom Scott25DE-LB1202186–22Virginia
66Ed Sharkey28LB-G-T-DG702296–38Duke, and
73Lum Snyder25T1202286–53Georgia Tech
80Bill Stribling28E1202066–14Mississippi
24George Taliaferro28HB-TB-QB-DB301965–116Indiana
11Bobby Thomason27QB1031966–16VMI
83Bobby Walston27E-HB-K1201906–04Georgia ... Uga's page
77Jim Weatherall26DT-T1202456–4RookieOklahoma
46Ted Wegert23HB702025–11Rookienone
86Norm Willey +27DE-G-E1202246–24Marshall
75Frank Wydo31T-DT1202256–48Cornell
37 Players
Team Average


  1. 1955 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Alan Ameche, 1954 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on June 30, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
  3. List of 1970s Hall of Fame Inductee's at profootballhof.com "Pro Football Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 31, 2008. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  4. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  5. Players are identified as a 1955 All-Star.
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