1965 Philadelphia Eagles season
|1965 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Joe Kuharich|
|Home field||Franklin Field|
|Division place||5th NFL Eastern|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The Philadelphia Eagles had a season of 5 wins to 9 losses out of the 14 games they played. The coach of the Eagles in the season was Joe Kuharich, and the owner was Jerry Wolman. The Eagles began the season with a win against the St. Louis Cardinals that followed with a loss against the New York Giants. In the season, for every win they had a loss followed. The Eagles lost four games in a row after winning against the Dallas Cowboys. Those chains of losses caused the team to fall into 5th place of the NFL Eastern Division, cost them from entering the playoffs.
The 1965 NFL Draft and the 1965 AFL Draft both took place on Saturday, November 28, 1964. This was the day of the Army-Navy game that is normally the last game of the college season before the bowl games.
They were separate from each other and some players were drafted by both leagues. The AFL was going strong in wanting stars signed and would do what they could to please them if they signed with the AFL. Joe Namath would sign if he could play in New York, and he was given a salary of $427,000. As in earlier years some players had signed "AFL contracts" they signed with the league as soon as their last college game was over and when drafted by an AFL team the contract was transferred to them. To help fight this the NFL moved the draft up to near the end of the college season.
A new kind of job was created, "baby sitter". Their job was to hang with the draft prospect, and keep him away from the other leagues representative. The Eagles draft pick, Otis Taylor was held in a motel and had to "escape" from the NFL baby sitter. He later signed with the AFL for money and a "Red Thunderbird Convertible" that the AFL baby sitter was driving. Taylor noticed how a lot of people stared at the car when they drove by, and he wanted one.
The first player selected was Tucker Frederickson, back from Auburn, by the New York Giants. The draft was marked by the failure of the St. Louis Cardinals to sign Joe Namath, who signed with the American Football League's New York Jets, and went on to defeat the NFL's Colts for the World Championship after the 1968 season.
|= Pro Bowler||= AFL All-Star||= Hall of Famer|
|1||7||Pick Traded to Green Bay Packers|
|3||35||Al Nelson||Running back||Cincinnati||Buffalo||9||78||Eagles|
|4||48||Fred Hill||Wide receiver||USC||Oakland||16||123||Eagles|
|6||76||John Huarte||Quarterback||Notre Dame||New York||2||12||Boston|
|6||77||Gary Garrison||Wide receiver||San Diego State|
|8||104||Al Piraino||Tackle||Wisconsin||Kansas City||11||85|
|10||132||Rick Redman||Center||Washington||San Diego||5||38||Eagles|
|11||147||Louis James||Running back||Texas-El Paso|
|12||161||John Kuznieski||Running back||Purdue|
|14||188||Tom Longo||Back||Notre Dame|
|15||203||Otis Taylor||Wide receiver||Prairie View A&M||Kansas City||4||29||Kansas City|
|16||216||Jim Gray||Back||Toledo||New York||11||84||Jets|
|17||231||Dave Austin||End||Georgia Tech|
|19||259||Charley Englehart||Tackle||John Carroll|
|20||272||Bobby Shann||End||Boston College|
|1||September 19, 1965||St. Louis Cardinals||W 34–27|
|2||September 26, 1965||New York Giants||L 16–14|
|3||October 3, 1965||Cleveland Browns||L 35–17|
|4||October 10, 1965||at Dallas Cowboys||W 35–24|
|5||October 17, 1965||at New York Giants||L 35–27|
|6||October 24, 1965||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 20–14|
|7||October 31, 1965||at Washington Redskins||L 23–21|
|8||November 7, 1965||at Cleveland Browns||L 38–34|
|9||November 14, 1965||Washington Redskins||W 21–14|
|10||November 21, 1965||at Baltimore Colts||L 34–24|
|11||November 28, 1965||St. Louis Cardinals||W 28–24|
|12||December 5, 1965||Dallas Cowboys||L 21–19|
|13||December 12, 1965||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 47–13|
|14||December 19, 1965||Detroit Lions||L 35–28|
|NFL Eastern Conference|
|New York Giants||7||7||0||.500||7–5||270||338||L1|
|St. Louis Cardinals||5||9||0||.357||5–7||296||309||L6|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
|= 1965 Pro Bowl||= Hall of Famer|
|Joe Kuharich||COACH||Notre Dame|
|38||Sam Baker||36||K-FB||12||0||217||6–2||12||Oregon State|
|55||Maxie Baughan*||27||LB||12||12||227||6–2||5||Georgia Tech|
|22||Timmy Brown*||28||RB||13||0||198||5–11||6||Ball State|
|3||Jack Concannon||22||QB||3||0||205||6–3||1||Boston College|
|23||Claude Crabb||25||DB-WR||10||0||192||6–1||3||Colorado and USC|
|87||Bill Cronin||22||TE||2||0||231||6–5||Rookie||Boston College|
|32||Roger Gill||25||WR-HB||13||0||200||6–1||1||Texas Tech|
|63||Lynn Hoyem||26||G-T||14||0||244||6–4||3||Long Beach State|
|83||Don Hultz||25||DE-DT||14||0||241||6–3||2||Southern Miss|
|84||Jim Kelly||23||TE||1||0||218||6–2||1||Notre Dame|
|29||Izzy Lang||23||RB||14||0||232||6–1||1||Tennessee State|
|52||Dave Lloyd||29||LB-C||13||13||247||6–3||6||Georgia,Texas Tech|
|33||Ollie Matson||35||RB-FL||14||0||220||6–2||13||San Francisco|
|72||Floyd Peters||29||DT||9||9||254||6–4||6||San Francisco State|
|24||Nate Ramsey||24||DB||14||14||200||6–1||2||Indiana State|
|44||Pete Retzlaff*+||34||E-HB-TE||14||0||211||6–1||Rookie||South Dakota State|
|21||Joe Scarpati||22||DB||14||0||185||5–10||1||North Carolina State Wolfpack|
|25||Bob Shann||22||DB||4||0||189||6–1||Rookie||Boston College|
|16||Norm Snead*||26||QB||11||9||215||6–4||4||Wake Forest|
|82||George Tarasovic||35||DE-LB-C||14||0||245||6–4||13||Boston College,LSU|
|37||Tom Woodeshick||24||RB||13||0||225||6–0||2||West Virginia|
Awards and honors
- Pete Retzlaff, Bert Bell Award
- 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.
- John Huarte, 1964 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Archived from the original on June 25, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
- John Huarte signed with the Boston Patriots of the American Football League.
- Otis Taylor signed with the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League.
- Players are identified as a 1965 All-Star.
- http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm Archived June 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.