1961 Philadelphia Eagles season
|1961 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Nick Skorich|
|Home field||Franklin Field|
|Division place||2nd NFL Eastern|
|Playoff finish||Lost NFL Playoff Bowl (vs. Lions) 10-38|
The NFL Draft of 20 rounds with 14 teams picking were separate drafts for college players and took place on December 27–28, 1960. The Eagles would pick last by going 10–2 in the 1960 season. As was the rule then, teams picked by previous season record, with that Cleveland Browns pick ahead of 1960 NFL Championship Game loser Green Bay Packers. This draft was also the first regular draft for the Dallas Cowboys as they had participated only in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft that year. The Cowboys held the worst record in the NFL the previous season, but selected second in this draft because of the entry of the Minnesota Vikings into the league. The league would later hold an expansion draft for the Vikings' expansion franchise, and the Vikings were also awarded the first selection position in this draft.
The AFL draft was held on 2 dates 2 weeks apart at the end of the 1960 college season but before the bowl games. The first was a six-round draft held by phone. The second was held December 5 and 6, 1960 for rounds 7 through 30. The Denver Broncos selected New Mexico State's Bob Gaiters as the overall first draft pick.
The Philadelphia Eagles lost their first-round pick to the AFL for the second year. About half of the Eagles' 19 picks either signed with the AFL or remained in college to play their last year of eligibility.
|= Pro Bowler||= AFL All-Star||= Hall of Famer|
|1||14||Art Baker||Fullback||Syracuse||Buffalo Bills|
from New York
|2||28||Bo Strange||Center||Louisiana State||Denver Broncos||3rd|
|3||31||Jim Wright||Quarterback||Memphis State||New York||1||Dallas Texans|
|3||42||Don Oakes||Tackle||Virginia Tech||Boston Patriots||21||162||Eagles|
|4||53||Dan Ficca||Guard||USC||San Diego||29||162||Oakland Raiders|
|4||56||Pick taken by Green Bay|
|5||70||Pick taken by Detroit Lions|
|7||98||Irv Cross||Back||Northwestern||New York||15||117||Eagles|
|9||126||Wayne Fontes||Running back||Michigan State||New York||22||173||New York Titans|
|10||140||Luther Hayes||End||USC||San Diego||27||215||San Diego Chargers|
|12||168||Billy Majors||Back||Tennessee||Buffalo Bills||9||67||Buffalo|
|13||180||Don Jonas||Quarterback||Penn State||Eagles |
1962 season then career in CFL
|14||196||Willie Fleming||Running back||Iowa||signed with BC Lions of CFL in 1959|
|15||210||Bobby Richards||Tackle||Louisiana State||Eagles |
|16||224||G. W. Clapp||Guard||Auburn|
|18||252||Nick Maravich||Tackle||North Carolina State|
|19||266||Dick Wilson||Center||Penn State|
|1||September 17, 1961||Cleveland Browns||W 27–20|
|2||September 24, 1961||Washington Redskins||W 14–7|
|3||October 1, 1961||St. Louis Cardinals||L 30–27|
|4||October 8, 1961||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 21–16|
|5||October 15, 1961||at St. Louis Cardinals||W 20–7|
|6||October 22, 1961||at Dallas Cowboys||W 43–7|
|7||October 29, 1961||at Washington Redskins||W 27–24|
|8||November 5, 1961||Chicago Bears||W 16–14|
|9||November 12, 1961||at New York Giants||L 38–21|
|10||November 19, 1961||at Cleveland Browns||L 45–24|
|11||November 26, 1961||Dallas Cowboys||W 35–13|
|12||December 3, 1961||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 35–24|
|13||December 10, 1961||New York Giants||L 28–24|
|14||December 17, 1961||at Detroit Lions||W 27–24|
|NFL Eastern Conference|
|New York Giants||10||3||1||.769||9–2–1||368||220||T1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||7||7||0||.500||7–5||279||267||W3|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
|1961||January 6, 1962||Detroit Lions||38–10||Philadelphia Eagles|
- Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their careers.
- Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star team at any time in their careers.
- Wayne Fontes signed with the New York Titans of the AFL
- Billy Majors signed with the Buffalo Bills of the AFL
- This last selection is commonly referred to as Mr. Irrelevant.
- Jacque MacKinnon signed with the San Diego Chargers of the AFL
- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369