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1941 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head Coach Greasy Neale
Home Field Municipal Stadium
Results
Record 2–8–1
Place 4th NFL Eastern
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1940 1942

The 1941 Philadelphia Eagles season was their ninth in the league. The team improved on their previous output of 1–10, winning two games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.

Off SeasonEdit

Eagle make move back to larger Municipal Stadium from Shibe Park where they played in 1940.

In late 1940, the football Pittsburgh Pirates owner Art Rooney bought half interest in the Eagles and sold the Pirates to Alexis Thompson. Before the start of the 1941 season Rooney and Thompson swap city and NFL rights for Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Pirates players of 1940 and before are now Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Eagles players are now members of the renamed Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coach Greasy Neal has the Eagles hold training camp in the High School Bowl,in Two Rivers, Wisconsin about 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Green Bay, Wisconsin and 90 miles north of Milwaukee, WI on Lake Michigan.

NFL DraftEdit

The 1941 NFL Draft was held on December 10, 1940. The Eagles would get the 1st pick in the 22 rounds of the draft. Because these player were drafted before the Eagles and Steelers franchise swap of cities, these players ended up playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1941. The Pittsburgh draft picks would come to Philadelphia.

The Chicago Bears (From Philadelphia Eagles) had the number one pick in the draft. They choose Tom Harmon, the 1940 Heisman Trophy winner, a Halfback out of the University of Michigan

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. These picks were the players that the Pittsburgh Pirates made before the team swap between owners.

= Pro Bowler[2] = Hall of Famer = Picks made by Pittsburgh Pirates that became Eagles in 1941
Rd Pick Player Position School
1 1 PICK WAS TAKEN BY THE CHICAGO BEARS
2 11 Art JonesBackRichmond
3 16 Marion PughBack Texas A&M
4 26 Al GhesquiereBack University of Detroit
5 31 Royal KahlerTackle University of Nebraska
Pitt
33
Vic SearsTackleOregon State
6 41 Howard "Red" HickeyEndUniversity of Arkansas
Pitt
42
Bob SuffridgeGuardTennessee
7 51 Julius "Mush" BattistaGuardFlorida
8 61 PICK WAS TAKEN BY THE CHICAGO BEARS
9 71 P. K. RogersBackEast Texas State
10 81 Don WilliamsTackleTexas
Pitt
82
Ralph FritzGuardMichigan
11 91 Marshall StenstromBackOregon
12 101 John PatrickBackPenn State
13 111 Joe HoagueBackColgate
14 121 Les DodsonBackMississippi
15 131 Alex LukachickEndBoston College
16 141 Bill ConatserBackTexas A&M
17 151 John YauckoesTackleBoston College
18 161 Joe McFaddenBackGeorgetown (DC)
19 171 John ShonkEndWest Virginia
Pitt
173
George KerrGuardBoston College
20 181 L. B. RussellBackHardin-Simmons
21 201 Charley Henke(From Washington) GuardTexas A&M
Pitt
202
Jim CastigliaBackGeorgetown (DC)
22 203 Mike Fernella(From Chicago Bears) TackleAkron

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 13, 1941 New York Giants L 24–0
2 September 21, 1941 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 10–7
3 September 27, 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers L 24–13
4 October 12, 1941 at New York Giants L 16–0
5 October 19, 1941 Washington Redskins L 21–17
6 October 26, 1941 Chicago Cardinals W 21–14
7 November 2, 1941 at Brooklyn Dodgers L 15–6
8 November 9, 1941 Pittsburgh Steelers T 7–7
9 November 16, 1941 at Detroit Lions L 21–17
10 November 30, 1941 Chicago Bears L 49–14
11 December 7, 1941 at Washington Redskins L 20–14

Game RecapsEdit

The Eagles played 11 games over a NFL season that was 14 weeks long. The season started Sunday, September 7 and ended Sunday, December 7, 1941.

Week 1 ByeEdit

The Eagles had the week off as the NFL only scheduled 1 game this week end, Pittsburgh at Cleveland Rams.

Week 2 vs GiantsEdit

Week 3 at SteelersEdit

The Eagles travel across the state of Pennsylvania to play the re-named Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time since the franchises swapped cities.

Week 2: Philadelphia Eagles at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 3 7 0

10

Steelers 0 0 7 0

7

at Forbes Field on Grass,

  • Date: Sunday, September 21, 1941
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: degrees, wind mph
  • [1]
Game information
1st quarter
  • No Scoring
2nd quarter
  • Eagles – Len Barnum 43 yard field goal, Eagles 3 – 0
3rd quarter
  • Steelers – Boyd Brumbaugh 4 yard rush (Jack Sanders kick) Steelers 7 – 3
  • Eagles – Lou Tomasetti 40 yard pass from Dan DeSantis (Len Barnum kick) Eagles 10 – 7
4th quarter
  • No Scoring
NFL Eastern Standing
  • Brooklyn Dodgers (1–0)
  • New York Giants (1–0)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1–1)
  • Washington Redskins (0–0)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (0–2)
Passing
  • Eagles –
  • Steelers –
Rushing
  • Eagles –
  • Steelers –
Receiving
  • Eagles –
  • Steelers –

Week 4 vs DodgersEdit

Week 5 ByeEdit

The Eagles were not scheduled to play this weekend.

Week 6 at GiantsEdit

Week 7 vs RedskinsEdit

The defending 1940 NFL Eastern Division Champions, Washington Redskins make a visit to Philadelphia to play the Eagles. Washington lost the 1940 NFL Championship Game to the Chicago Bears 73–0. The Eagles will host the Bears in week 12 and travel to Washington, DC to re-play the Redskins in week 14 to close out the 1941 season.

Week 7: Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 14 0 7

21

Eagles 14 0 3 0

17

at Phila. Municipal Stadium on Grass,

  • Date: Sunday, October 19, 1941
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: degrees, wind mph
  • [2]
Game information
1st quarter
  • Eagles – Dick Humbert 4 yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Nick Basca kick), Eagles 7 – 0
  • Eagles – Bob Krieger 21 yard pass from Tommy Thompson (Nick Basca kick), Eagles 14 – 0
2nd quarter
  • Redskins – Andy Farkas 5 yard rush (Joe Aguirre kick), Eagles 14 – 7
  • Redskins – Ed Justice 31 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Joe Aguirre kick), Tied 14 – 14
3rd quarter
  • Eagles – Nick Basca 15 yard field goal, Eagles 17 – 14
4th quarter
  • Redskins – Bob Masterson 22 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick), Redskins 21 – 17
NFL Eastern Standing
  • New York Giants (5–0)
  • Washington Redskins (3–1)
  • Brooklyn Dodgers (2–3)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1–4)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (0–5)
Passing
  • Redskins –
  • Eagles –
Rushing
  • Redskins –
  • Eagles –
Receiving
  • Redskins –
  • Eagles –

Week 8 vs CardinalsEdit

Week 9 at DodgersEdit

Week 10 vs SteelersEdit

The Eagles' across state rivals return to Philadelphia for a rematch of a game of game won by the Eagles played in week 3. The Eagles enter the game with 2 wins and the Steelers are winless.

Week 10: Philadelphia Eagles vs Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 0 0 7 0

7

Eagles 7 0 0 0

7

at Phila. Municipal Stadium on Grass,

  • Date: Sunday, November 9, 1941
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: degrees, wind mph
  • [3]
Game information
1st quarter
  • Eagles – Jim Castiglia 47 yard rush (Nick Basca kick) , Eagles 7 – 0
2nd quarter
  • No Scoring
3rd quarter
  • Steelers – Art Jones 25 yard rush (Jack Sanders kick), Tied 7 – 7
4th quarter
  • No Scoring
NFL Eastern Standing
  • New York Giants (6–2)
  • Washington Redskins (5–2)
  • Brooklyn Dodgers (5–3)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2–5–1)
  • Pittsburgh Steelers (0–7–1)
Passing
  • Steelers –
  • Eagles –
Rushing
  • Steelers –
  • Eagles –
Receiving
  • Steelers –
  • Eagles –

Week 11 at LionsEdit

Week 12 ByeEdit

The Eagles were not scheduled to play this weekend.

Week 13 vs BearsEdit

Week 14 at RedskinsEdit

At the Eagles – Washington Redskins game in Washington, DC military personnel and US Gov't officials were getting paged concerning the attack on Pearl Harbor, in the US territory of Hawaii. The attack started about time of kickoff for game.

StandingsEdit

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 8 3 0 .727 238 114 L-1
Brooklyn Dodgers 7 4 0 .636 158 127 W-2
Washington Redskins 6 5 0 .545 176 174 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 2 8 1 .200 119 218 L-3
Pittsburgh Steelers 1 9 1 .100 103 276 L-2

1941 RosterEdit

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

The 1941 Philadelphia Eagles roster is made up of 39 players which 32 are rookies. The average years in NFL is 1/2 a year.

= 1941 Pro Bowl Pro All-Star[2]
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Greasy Neale 50 Coach 1941
record

2–8–1
NFL-Eagles
Lifetime

2–8–1
1st West Virginia Wesleyan
Jack Banta24HB651915–11RookieUSC
Len Barnum29B-P-PK1182006–03West Virginia Wesleyan
Sam Bartholomew24FB921885–11RookieTennessee
Nick Basca25HB-PK1101705–8RookieVillanova
Frank Bausch33C442206–37Kansas
Bob Bjorklund23C-LB-E702256–2RookieMinnesota
Larry Cabrelli24E-DB721945–11RookieColgate
Jim Castiglia23FB1162085–11RookieGeorgetown (DC)
Tony Cemore24G1012106–0RookieCreighton
Enio Conti28G982045–11RookieArkansas,
Bucknell
Dan DeSantis23HB1141806–0RookieNiagara
Dave DiFilippo25G522105–10RookieVillanova
John Eibner27T1192286–2RookieKentucky
Bernie Feibish22C302236–2RookieNYU
Jack Ferrante25E-DE301976–1Rookienone
Terry Fox23FB-LB1122086–1RookieMiami (FL)
Joe Frank26T1102176–1RookieGeorgetown (DC)
Ralph Fritz24G1012025–9RookieMichigan
Woody Gerber21G512236–0RookieAlabama
Lou Ghecas23HB801755–9RookieGeorgetown (DC)
Fred Gloden23HB601875–10RookieTulane
Lyle Graham26C1172106–3RookieRichmond
Gran Harrison24E 102116–3RookieMississippi State
Kirk Hershey23E602156–2RookieCarroll (WI),
Cornell
Jack Hinkle24B101956–0 1 Syracuse
Dick Humbert*23E-DE1181796–1RookieRichmond
Bob Krieger23E 11 111906–1RookieDartmouth
Mort Landsberg22HB1171805–11RookieCornell
Wes McAfee23HB8 11755–11RookieDuke
Rupert Pate24G 102056–11Wake Forest
Hank Piro24E10 11866–0RookieSyracuse
Phil Ragazzo26T-G10102166–03Case Western Reserve
Vic Sears23T-DT1122236–3RookieOregon State
John Shonk23E1001906–1RookieWest Virginia
Cecil Sturgeon22T602546–2RookieNorth Dakota State
Bob Suffridge25G1092056–0RookieTennessee
Tommy Thompson25QB1151926–1 1 Tulsa
Lou Tomasetti25FB-HB631986–02Bucknell
Foster Watkins24QB-HB11 11635–9 1 West Texas A&M
Burr West23T1012206–1RookieTennessee
39 Players
Team Average
24.3 11 201.7 6–0.2 0.5

Honors and RewardsEdit

  • Dick Humbert finishes 2nd in Receptions with 29. NFL Leader had twice as many
  • Dick Humbert a rookie End – Defensive End makes the All-Star team.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1941 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. 2.0 2.1 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
1941 NFL DraftNFL Championship

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