1956 Philadelphia Eagles season

1956 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Hugh Devore
Owner Happy Hundred
Record 3–8–1
Division place 6th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1956 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 24th in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 4–7–1, winning only three games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season.

Off Season

The Eagles change coaches during the off season. Jim Trimble was fired on December 12, and they hired Hugh Devore. Jim Trimble's legacy is more connected to football products, thanks to his "slingshot" goal posts.In 1966 would design and market the idea. Today they are the common goal post at football games.

For the 6th year in a row the Eagles hold training camp in Hershey, Pennsylvania. They would hold training camp here until 1967.

NFL Draft

The 1956 NFL Draft was held on November 29, 1955. The draft was 30 rounds long, with 12 teams making picks. A total of 360 players were selected. The Pittsburgh Steelers got this year's Lottery Bonus Pick and with it they selected Gary Glick a Quarterback that went to Colorado State University.

The 1955 Eagles finished with a 4–7–1 record and will get to pick 4th or 5th in the rounds with the Chicago Cardinals. With their first round pick the Eagles selected Bob Pellegrini[2] He was featured on the cover of the November 7, 1955, edition of Sports Illustrated magazine.[3] a Center from the University of Maryland, College Park. The Eagles made a total of 30 picks in this year's draft.

Player Selections

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had[4] 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[5] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School
14Bob PellegriniCenterMaryland Terrapins
216Frank D'AgnostinoTackleAuburn Tigers
328Don SchaeferBackNotre Dame Fighting Irish
441Choice to
Washington Redskins
554Fred "Fuzzy" ThurstonGuardValparaiso Crusaders
665Tirrel BurtonBackMiami (OH) RedHawks
778John WaedekinTackleHardin–Simmons Cowboys
889Elroy PayneBackMcMurry University Warhawks
9102Johnny BrediceEndBoston University Terriers
10113Tom DimmickCenterHouston Cougars
11126Kenny KellerBackNorth Carolina Tar Heels
12137Tommy HarkinsEndVanderbilt Commodores
13150James SidesBackTexas Tech Red Raiders
14161Frank ReichCenterPenn State Nittany Lions
15174Don BrantBackUniversity of Montana Grizzlies
16185Billy HixTackleMiddle Tennessee Blue Raiders
17198Joe MastrogiovanniBackUniversity of Wyoming Cowboys
18209Nick ConsolesDefensive backWake Forest Demon Deacons
19222Delano WomackBackTexas Longhorns
20233Darrell GloverTackleMaryland-Eastern Shore Hawks
21246Jack AdamsTackleSan Jose State Spartans
22257Joe MillerBackCincinnati Bearcats
23270Chet SpencerEndOklahoma State Cowboys
24281John ParhamBackWake Forest
25294Johnny GroganTackleUniversity of Dayton Flyers
26305Earl LunsfordBackOklahoma State
27318Al EllettTackleUniversity of Alabama Crimson Tide
28329Bill StrawnLinebackerWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
29342Bob HughesBackSouthern Mississippi Golden Eagles
30352Joe UlmBackSan Jose State


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 30, 1956 at Los Angeles Rams L 27–7
2 October 6, 1956 Washington Redskins W 13–9
3 October 14, 1956 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 35–21
4 October 21, 1956 Chicago Cardinals L 20–6
5 October 28, 1956 at New York Giants L 20–3
6 November 4, 1956 at Chicago Cardinals L 28–17
7 November 11, 1956 Pittsburgh Steelers W 14–7
8 November 18, 1956 Cleveland Browns L 16–0
9 November 25, 1956 San Francisco 49ers T 10–10
10 December 2, 1956 at Cleveland Browns L 17–14
11 December 9, 1956 at Washington Redskins L 19–17
12 December 15, 1956 New York Giants L 21–7


NFL Eastern Conference
New York Giants 8 3 1 .727 7–3 264 197 W1
Chicago Cardinals 7 5 0 .583 7–3 240 182 W1
Washington Redskins 6 6 0 .500 5–5 183 225 L2
Cleveland Browns 5 7 0 .417 4–6 167 177 L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 7 0 .417 4–6 217 177 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 3 8 1 .273 3–7 143 215 L3

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

1956 roster

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

= 1956 Pro Bowl[6] = Hall of Famer
  • + = Was a Starter in the Pro-Bowl
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Hugh DevoreCOACH1956



1stUniversity of Notre Dame
20Bibbles Bawel26DB1201856–14Evansville
60Chuck Bednarik31LB-C1202336–37Pennsylvania
81Eddie Bell25DB-LB1202126–11Pennsylvania
33Will Berzinski22HB401956–2RookieWisconsin-LaCrosse
36Dick Bielski24E-FB1202246–11Maryland
89John Bredice22E1202136–1RookieBoston University
40Tom Brookshier25DB1101966–03Colorado
10Adrian Burk29QB1231906–26Baylor
84Hank Burnine24E701886–2RookieMissouri
78Marion Campbell27DE-DT-MG-G-T1202506–32Georgia ... Uga's page
66Frank D'Agostino22G-T1202456–1RookieAuburn
65Tom Dimmick25C-T-LB1202536–6RookieHouston
27Hal Giancanelli27HB701825–103Loyola Marymount
64Abe Gibron31G202435–117Purdue, and
63Ken Huxhold27G1202266–12Wisconsin
23Ken Keller22HB1101805–10RookieNorth Carolina
50Bob Kelley26C1202326–21West Texas A&M
71Don King27DE-DT302606–32Kentucky
79Buck Lansford23G-T12122326–21Texas
68Dick Murley23T502476–0RookiePurdue
68Maury Nipp26G302196–04Loyola Marymount
41Jerry Norton25DB-HB601955–112SMU
43Jim Parmer30FB-HB401936–08Oklahoma State
53Bob Pellegrini22LB-G1202336–2RookieMaryland
25Pete Retzlaff25E-HB-TE1002116–1RookieSouth Dakota State
71Jim Ricca29MG-T-G-DT102706–45Georgetown (DC)
72Jess Richardson26DT1102616–23Alabama
22Lee Riley24DB901926–11Detroit Mercy
52Wayne Robinson26LB-C1102256–24Minnesota
45Rocky Ryan24DB-E1202026–1RookieIllinois
24Don Schaefer22FB1202106–0RookieNotre Dame
82Tom Scott26DE-LB1202186–23Virginia
43Bob G. Smith23HB401955–101Nebraska
80Bill Stribling29E202066–15Mississippi
11Bobby Thomason28QB1291966–17VMI
83Bobby Walston28E-HB-K1201906–05Georgia
77Jim Weatherall27DT-T12122456–41Oklahoma
46Ted Wegert24HB702025–111none
86Norm Willey29DE-G-E902246–26Marshall
75Frank Wydo32T-DT1202256–49Cornell
73Sid Youngelman25DT-DE1202576–31Alabama
41 Players
Team Average


  1. 1956 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Pac-10 in the Heisman Voting (PDF), Pacific-10 Conference, p. 4, 2005.
  3. Bob Pellegrini, Football, Maryland Terrapins, Sports Illustrated, November 7, 1955.
  4. www.profootballhof.com/history shows the 1956 draft picks by all NFL teams sorted by team.
  5. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  6. Players are identified as a 1956 All-Star.
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