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1937 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head Coach Bert Bell
Home Field Philadelphia Municipal Stadium
Results
Record 2–8–1
Place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1936 1938

The 1937 Philadelphia Eagles season was their fifth in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 1–11, winning two games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

Off SeasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

The 1937 NFL Draft took place December 12, 1936. It would be for 10 rounds and teams picking a total of 100 players.

The Eagles would have the 1st pick in the draft. They used this pick to choose, running up in Heisman Trophy, Sam Francis, a back out of Nebraska. He never played a game for the Eagles but he did play for the Chicago Bears

Player SelectionsEdit

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had 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 [2] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick # Player Position College
1 1 Sam Francis BackNebraska
2 11 Franny Murray BackPennsylvania
3 21 Drew EllisCenterTexas Christian
4 31 Walt GilbertBackAuburn
5 41 Alex DrobnitchBackDenver
6 51 Bill GuckeysonBackMaryland
7 61 Herb BarnaGuardWest Virginia
8 71 Nestor HennonBackCarnegie-Mellon
9 81 Paul FanningBackKansas State
10 91 Ray AntilBackMinnesota

Regular SeasonEdit

The Eagles 1937 NFL season started on September 5 and ended 11 weeks later on November 14. The Eagles would play 4 games at home and 7 games on the road.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 5, 1937 at Pittsburgh Pirates L 27–14
2 September 10, 1937 at Brooklyn Dodgers L 13–7
3 September 21, 1937 Cleveland Rams L 21–3
4 September 26, 1937 Chicago Cardinals T 6–6
5 October 3, 1937 New York Giants L 16–7
6 October 10, 1937 at Washington Redskins W 14–0
7 October 17, 1937 at New York Giants L 21–0
8 October 24, 1937 Washington Redskins L 10–7
9 October 31, 1937 at Pittsburgh Pirates L 16–7
10 November 7, 1937 at Brooklyn Dodgers W 14–10
11 November 14, 1937 at Green Bay Packers L 37–7

StandingsEdit

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Washington Redskins 8 3 0 .727 195 120 W-3
New York Giants 6 3 2 .667 128 109 L-1
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 7 0 .364 122 145 L-1
Brooklyn Dodgers 3 7 1 .300 82 174 T-1
Philadelphia Eagles 2 8 1 .200 86 177 L-1

NFL PlayoffsEdit

With a 2–8–1 record in 1937, the Eagles do not make the playoffs and play in the 1937 NFL Championship Game. The Washington Redskins defeated Chicago Bears in Chicago.

1937 RosterEdit

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

A List of the 1937 Philadelphia Eagles.

NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Bert Bell 42 Coach 1937 record
2–8–1
NFL-Eagles Lifetime
3–19–1
2nd Pennsylvania
Jay Arnold 25HB-WB-DB-BB1062106–1RookieTexas
Winnie Baze23B 1041905–11RookieMissouri, Texas-El Paso
Art Buss 26T11112196–33Michigan State
Joe Carter27E1082016–14Austin, SMU
Jack Dempsey25T212256–2 1 Bucknell
Fritz Ferko25T1052426–1 Rookie Mount St. Mary's University
Glenn Frey25B651935–11 1 Temple
Swede Hanson30B201926–16 Temple
Maurice Harper27C932276–4Rookie Austin
Bill Hewitt28E-DE11111905–95 Michigan
Tex Holcomb24T112356–2 Rookie Texas Tech
Bill Hughes22G-C1182266–1Rookie Texas
Rabbit Keen23QB801705–9 Rookie Arkansas
Charlie Knox ? B101855–11 Rookie St. Edmonds
John Kusko23B1041945–11 1 Temple
Jim Leonard27B202046–0 3 Notre Dame
Jim MacMurdo28T-G302096–1 5 Pittsburgh
Bob Masters26HB932005–11 Rookie Baylor
Forrest McPherson26G-C-T302335–11 2 Nebraska
Emmett Mortell21B11111816–1Rookie Notre Dame, Wisconsin
Joe Pilconis26E1131896–1 3 Temple
George Rado25G-DE911945–92 Duquesne
Hank Reese28C-G1182145–11 4 Temple
Herb Roton24E912106–2 Rookie Auburn
Jim Russell29G-T312105–11 1 Temple
Dave Smukler23FB-LB11112266–1 1 Missouri, Temple
Ray Spillers25T1032186–3 Rookie Arkansas
Mule Stockton24G11112146–1 Rookie McMurry
Vince Zizak29G-T212085–8 3
32 Players
Team Average
24.6 11 207.2 6–0.1 1.6

Post SeasonEdit

With a record of 2–8–1 the Philadelphia Eagles failed to make it to the NFL Championship game

Awards and HonorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1937 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
Eastern Division Western Division
Brooklyn Chicago Bears
New York Chicago Cardinals
Philadelphia Cleveland
Pittsburgh Detroit
Washington Green Bay
1937 NFL DraftNFL Championship
Related: American Football League

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