1957 Philadelphia Eagles season

1957 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Hugh Devore
Owner Happy Hundred
Record 6-6
Division place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1957 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 25th in the league. They improved on their previous output of 3–8–1, winning six games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.


NFL Draft

The 1957 NFL Draft was held on November 27, 1956. This was before the end of the NFL Season and the between time of NCAA College football season end and the College bowl games. The draft once again was 30 rounds long, 12 teams picking, and a total of 360 players selected. This again was a year that there was a Lottery bonus pick. This year's team to get the overall number 1 pick in the draft was the Green Bay Packers that selected, 1956 Heisman Trophy winner, Paul Hornung [2] who was a Halfback out of Notre Dame


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.[3] 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
17Clarence PeaksFullbackMichigan State
219Billy Ray BarnesBackWake Forest
331Tommy McDonaldWide receiverOklahoma
443Sonny JurgensenQuarterbackDuke
555Jimmy HarrisQuarterbackOklahoma
662Choice Traded to
San Francisco
774Tom SaidockTackleMichigan State
886Hal McElhaneyBackDuke
998Hal DavisBackWestminster (PA)
10110Don BruhnsCenterDrake
11122Gil ShoafTackleWabash
12134Buddy DikeBackTexas Christian
13146Hubert BoboBackOhio State
14158Jerry CashmanTackleSyracuse
15170Mort MoriarityEndTexas
16182John NoceraBackIowa
17194Dan RadakovichCenterPenn State
18206Billy KelleyTackleBaylor
19218Paul HarasimowiczTackleVermont
20230Leroy ThompsonBackButler
21242Charley BrooksEndMichigan
22254John SimersonTacklePurdue
23266Lou LovelyGuardBoston University
24278Dennis McGillBackYale
25290Bob RatliffBackWest Texas State
26302Alvin RichardsonTackleGrambling
27314Frank HallBackUSC
28326Clem CoronaGuardMichigan
29338John NiznikEndWake Forest
30350Larry HubbardEndMarquette


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 29, 1957 at Los Angeles Rams L 17-13
2 October 5, 1957 New York Giants L 24–20
3 October 13, 1957 at Cleveland Browns L 24–7
4 October 20, 1957 Cleveland Browns W 17–7
5 October 27, 1957 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 6–0
6 November 3, 1957 at Chicago Cardinals W 38–21
7 November 10, 1957 Detroit Lions L 27–16
8 November 17, 1957 at New York Giants L 13–0
9 November 24, 1957 Washington Redskins W 21–12
10 December 1, 1957 Pittsburgh Steelers W 7–6
11 December 8, 1957 at Washington Redskins L 42–7
12 December 14, 1957 Chicago Cardinals L 31–27


NFL Eastern Conference
Cleveland Browns 9 2 1 .818 8–1–1 269 172 W1
New York Giants 7 5 0 .583 6–4 254 211 L3
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 6 0 .500 5–5 161 178 W1
Washington Redskins 5 6 1 .455 4–5–1 251 230 W3
Philadelphia Eagles 4 8 0 .333 4–6 173 230 L2
Chicago Cardinals 3 9 0 .250 2–8 200 299 L1

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

1957 Roster

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

= 1957 Pro Bowl [5] = Hall of Famer
  • + = Was a Starter in the Pro-Bowl
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Hugh DevoreCOACH1957



2ndUniversity of Notre Dame
33Billy Ray Barnes22HB1202015–11RookieWake Forest
60Chuck Bednarik32LB-C1102336–38Pennsylvania Quakers
81Eddie Bell26DB-LB1202126–12Pennsylvania
36Dick Bielski25E-FB1202246–12Maryland Terrapins
40Tom Brookshier26DB1201966–04Colorado Buffalos
84Hank Burnine25E701886–21Missouri
78Marion Campbell28DE-DT-MG
10Al Dorow28QB601936–03Michigan State
64Bob Gaona26T1202436–34Wake Forest
64Abe Gibron32G1202435–118Purdue,Valparaiso
20Jimmy Harris23DB1201786–1RookieOklahoma Sooners
42Bob Hudson27DB-LB-E1202256–46Clemson Tigers
63Ken Huxhold28G1202266–13Wisconsin Badgers
9Sonny Jurgensen23QB1052025–11RookieDuke
23Ken Keller23HB1201805–101North Carolina Tarheels
68Bill Koman23LB11112296–21North Carolina
79Buck Lansford24G-T10102326–22Texas Longhorns
65Menil Mavraides26G1202356–13Notre Dame Fighting Irish
25Tommy McDonald23FL-HB
1201785–9RookieOklahoma Sooners
41Jerry Norton26DB-HB1201955–113SMU Mustangs
26Clarence Peaks22FB1202186–1RookikeMichigan State
44Pete Retzlaff26E-HB-TE1202116–11South Dakota St. Jackrabbits
45Rocky Ryan25DB-E902026–11Illinois
75Tom Saidock27DT1152616–5RookieMichigan State
82Tom Scott27DE-LB1202186–24Virginia
53John Simerson22C-T12122576–3RookiePurdue Boilermakers
80Bill Stribling30E1202066–16Mississippi
76Len Szafaryn29T-G-LB-DT112266–28North Carolina
11Bobby Thomason29QB1271966–18VMI
83Bobby Walston29E-HB-K1201906–06Georgia
77Jim Weatherall28DT-T1202456–42Oklahoma
86Norm Willey30DE-G-E1202246–27Marshall Thundering Herd
32Neil Worden26FB1201985–103Notre Dame
74Frank Wydo33T-DT1202256–410Cornell
73Sid Youngelman26DT-DE1202576–32Alabama
35 Players
Team Average

Post Season

Head Coach Hugh Devore struggled during his two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, compiling a mark of 7–16–1. The poor record led to Devore's firing on January 11, 1958. Despite adding assistants such as former New York Giants head coach Steve Owen.


  1. 1957 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Paul Hornung, 1956 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Heismen. Archived from the original on September 20, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
  3. http://www.profootballhof.com/history/release.aspx?release_id=1447
  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 1957 All-Star.
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