1960 Philadelphia Eagles season

1960 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Buck Shaw
General manager Vince McNally
Owner Happy Hundred
Home field Franklin Field
Results
Record 10–2
Division place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship
(Packers, 17–13)

The 1960 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 28th in the National Football League, and culminated in the Eagles' defeat of the Green Bay Packers in the NFL championship game to win their third league title. The victory over the Packers was also the first and only playoff defeat of the great Vince Lombardi's coaching career. The 1960 season was the Eagles' first postseason appearance since their last NFL championship season of 1949. It was their only postseason appearance in the 28 seasons from 1950 to 1977, and their last NFL title until their victory in Super Bowl LII, 57 years later.

Off Season

On March 13, 1960, there was an expansion draft to stock the Dallas Rangers, who soon changed their name to the "Cowboys." [1] In this draft the Eagles lost tight end Dick Bielski, tackle Jerry DeLucca, and linebacker Bill Striegel to Dallas.

As since 1951, the Eagles held training camp at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

NFL Draft

The 1960 NFL draft and the 1960 AFL Draft were held separately for college players (the common draft was initiated in 1967).

The NFL Draft was a draft of 20 rounds with 12 teams picking. The Eagles would rotate having the 7th, 8th or 9th pick in the draft rounds, with Chicago and Cleveland. The quickly assembled NFL franchise of the Dallas Cowboys did not have a chance to pick, as the draft was held on November 30, 1959, before they were formed, January 28, 1960.
The AFL draft was a list made the teams of territorial players they claimed first. Then a draft was held by drafting players by position instead of any available player. When Minneapolis left league other AFL teams pursued those picks. Oakland got the rights after they joined the league.
The Philadelphia Eagles lost 4 players to the AFL including 1st round pick Ron Burton a running back out of the Northwestern University. A total of 6 NFL 1st round picks in this draft would sign with the AFL this year.

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.[2] 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[3] = AFL All-Star[4] = Hall of Famer
Rd PICK PLAYER POS SCHOOL AFL Rd Signed
19Ron Burton[5]HalfbackNorthwesternBoston Patriots1Boston
220Maxie BaughanLinebackerGeorgia TechMinneapolis[6]1Eagles
331Curt MerzEndIowaNew York Titans1Dallas Texans
440Ted Dean
Pick from
Washington Redskins
Running backWichita StateBuffalo Bills1Eagles
445Jack CummingsQuarterbackNorth CarolinaBoston1
556Don Norton[7]EndIowaDallas Texans1Los Angeles Chargers
667Emmett WilsonTackleGeorgia TechBuffalo Bills
781John WilkinsTackleUSCDenver Broncos2Eagles
892Monte LeeEndTexas
9103 Pick Taken by
Baltimore Colts
10117 Pick Taken by
Detroit Lions
11129 Pick Taken by
Chicago Bears
12139Dave GroszQuarterbackOregonMinneapolis2
13153Dave GrahamEndVirginiaHouston Oilers2Eagles
14164Ray PetersenBackWest VirginiaBuffalo1
15175John WilcoxTackleOregonMinneapolis1
16189Larry LancasterTackleGeorgiaLos Angeles1
17200Mike GraneyEndNotre DameBuffalo2
18211Emory TurnerGuardPurdueDallas1
19225Bob HainTackleIowaLos Angeles2
20236Ramon ArmstrongGuardTexas ChristianNew York2Oakland Raiders

Regular season

During the 1960 season, Chuck Bednarik is perhaps best known for knocking Frank Gifford of the New York Giants out of football for over eighteen months, considered one of the most famous tackles in NFL history.[8] It occurred late in the game at Yankee Stadium on November 20.[9][10]

Bednarik was the last player to play the whole game. He averaged 58 minutes a game, starting at center and linebacker in the second half of season.[11]

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 18 Cleveland Browns L 24–41 0–1
56,303
2 September 25 at Dallas Cowboys W 27–25 1–1
18,500
3 October 2 St. Louis Cardinals W 31–27 2–1
33,701
4 October 9 Detroit Lions W 28–10 3–1
38,065
5 October 16 at Cleveland Browns W 31–29 4–1
64,850
6 October 23 Bye
7 October 30 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–7 5–1
58,324
8 November 6 Washington Redskins W 19–13 6–1
39,361
9 November 20 at New York Giants W 17–10 7–1
63,571
10 November 27 New York Giants W 31–23 8–1
60,547
11 December 4 at St. Louis Cardinals W 20–6 9–1
21,358
12 December 11 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–27 9–2
22,101
13 December 18 at Washington Redskins W 38–28 10–2
20,558
  • A bye week was necessary in 1960, as the league expanded to an odd-number (13) of teams (Dallas); one team was idle each week.

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Browns 14 10710 41
Eagles 3 7014 24
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Franklin Field, Philadelphia
  • Game attendance: 56,303
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C); Wind 9 mph (14 km/h)

[12]

Week 2

1 234Total
Eagles 3 10014 27
Cowboys 3 3613 25
  • Date: September 30
  • Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas
  • Game attendance: 18,500
  • Game weather: 77 °F (25 °C); Wind 11 mph (18 km/h)

[13]

Week 3

1 234Total
Cardinals 7 7310 27
Eagles 7 14010 31
  • Date: October 9
  • Location: Franklin Field, Philadelphia
  • Game attendance: 33,701
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C); Wind 5 mph (8 km/h)

[14]

Week 4

1 234Total
Lions 0 370 10
Eagles 7 7014 28
  • Date: October 16
  • Location: Franklin Field, Philadelphia
  • Game attendance: 38,065
  • Game weather: 66 °F (19 °C); Wind 7 mph (11 km/h)

[15]

Week 5

1 234Total
Eagles 7 01410 31
Browns 3 1277 29

[16]

Week 6

1 234Total
Steelers 0 007 7
Eagles 14 3710 34
  • Date: November 6
  • Location: Franklin Field, Philadelphia
  • Game attendance: 58,324
  • Game weather: 42 °F (6 °C); Wind 12 mph (19 km/h)

[17]

Week 7

1 234Total
Redskins 3 073 13
Eagles 0 3610 19
  • Date: November 13
  • Location: Franklin Field, Philadelphia
  • Game attendance: 39,361
  • Game weather: 39 °F (4 °C); Wind 5 mph (8 km/h)

[18]

Week 8

1 234Total
Eagles 0 0710 17
Giants 7 300 10

[19]

Week 9

1 234Total
Giants 17 330 23
Eagles 0 17014 31
  • Date: November 27
  • Location: Franklin Field, Philadelphia
  • Game attendance: 60,547
  • Game weather: 49 °F (9 °C); Wind 7 mph (11 km/h)

[20]

Week 10

1 234Total
Eagles 3 737 20
Cardinals 0 060 6

[21]

Week 11

1 234Total
Eagles 0 0021 21
Steelers 13 1400 27

[22]

Week 12

1 234Total
Eagles 7 10714 38
Redskins 7 777 28
  • Date: December 18
  • Location: Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
  • Game attendance: 20,558
  • Game weather: 29 °F (−2 °C); Wind 3 mph (5 km/h)

[23]

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Championship December 26, 1960 Green Bay Packers W 17–13
67,325

NFL Championship

NFL Championship
Green Bay Packers (8–4) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (10–2)
1 234Total
Packers 3 307 13
Eagles 0 1007 17
  • Date: December 26
  • Location: Franklin Field, Philadelphia
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 67,325
  • Game weather: 48 °F (9 °C); Wind 7 mph (11 km/h)
  • Referee: Ron Gibbs
  • Television network: NBC

[24]

You can get up now, Taylor. This (expletive deleted) game's over.

~Chuck Bednarik, as he lay on top of Jim Taylor after making the tackle on the game's final play.

Standings

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Philadelphia Eagles 1020.8338–2321246W1
Cleveland Browns 831.7276–3–1362217W3
New York Giants 642.6005–4–1271261L1
St. Louis Cardinals 651.5454–5–1288230W1
Pittsburgh Steelers 561.4554–5–1240275L1
Washington Redskins 192.1000–8–2178309L8

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

Results

NFL Championship

Personnel

1960 Philadelphia Eagles final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers


Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad

Head coach
Assistant coaches


Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

[25]

Post season

Soon after the championship game against Green Bay, 61-year-old Buck Shaw retired as head coach of the Eagles.[26] Quarterback and 12-year veteran Norm Van Brocklin retired after the game also and expected to be named head coach, bur assistant coach Nick Skorich was promoted;[27] he led the Eagles for the next three years, through the 1963 season.

Van Brocklin, age 34, was named head coach of the expansion Minnesota Vikings in January 1961.[28][29] In the 1961 expansion draft the Eagles lost guard Gerry Huth, defensive back Gene Johnson, and center Bill Lapham to Minnesota.

Awards and honors

1960 Pro Bowl Players:

  • QB – Norm Van Brocklin
  • TE – Pete Retzlaff
  • OE – Bobby Walston
  • FL – Tommy McDonald
  • DT – Marion Campbell
  • LB – Maxie Baughan
  • LB – Chuck Bednarik
  • CB – Tom Brookshier

League Leaders[30]

  • Norm Van Brocklin finishes 2nd to Johnny Unitas in Passing Attempts, Completions, Yards, and TDs
  • Norm Van Brocklin finishes 2nd to Milt Plum in Yards per Attempt and Passer Rating
  • Ted Dean leads league in KO Returns and 2nd in Punt Returns

Other Awards

  • Chuck Bednarik, All-Pro Selection
  • Norm Van Brocklin, Bert Bell Award[31]
  • AP NFL MVP – Norm Van Brocklin
  • UPI MVP – Norm Van Brocklin

References

  1. The Dallas Cowboys were initially called the Dallas Rangers but were renamed to avoid confusion with a local minor league baseball club in Dallas."Dallas Will Get Gigantic Test In Grid Season". Free Lance-Star. February 1, 1960. p. S4.
  2. http://www.profootballhof.com/history/release.aspx?release_id=1450
  3. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their careers.
  4. Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star team at any time in their careers.
  5. Ron Burton signed with the Boston Patriots of the AFL
  6. Minneapolis owners were offered a NFL franchise. To replace Minneapolis the AFL put a team in Oakland
  7. Don Norton signed with the Dallas Texans of the AFL
  8. http://prosportsblogging.com/psb/uploads/2010/12/Chuck-Bedrarick-vs-Frank-Gifford-1960.jpg Photo after the hit with Gifford on ground and Bednarik standing over him
  9. "Gifford of Giants hurt as Eagles rally, 17-10". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. November 21, 1960. p. 13, part 2.
  10. "Bad blood erupts as high-flying Eagles bounce New York 17-10". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. UPI. November 21, 1960. p. 2.
  11. "Bednarik may play both ways Sunday". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. November 25, 1960. p. 2, final.
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  26. "Buck Shaw makes retirement official". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. December 28, 1960. p. 1D.
  27. "Nick Skorich named Eagles head coach". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. January 23, 1961. p. 11, part 2.
  28. "Van Brocklin signs as Vikings' coach". Times-News. Hendersonville, North Carolina. January 19, 1961. p. 10.
  29. "Van Brocklin hired to coach Vikings". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. January 18, 1961. p. 1D.
  30. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 22, 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-22.
  31. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
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