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1971 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head Coach Jerry Williams and Ed Khayat
Home Field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 6–7–1
Place 3rd NFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1970 1972

The 1971 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 39th in the league. They improved on their previous output of 3–10–1, winning six games.[1] Despite the improvement, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the eleventh consecutive season. This was the team's inaugural season in Veterans Stadium.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DRAFTEdit

The 1971 NFL Draft

Player SelectionsEdit

The table[2] 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 [3] = Hall of Famer
Rd PICK PLAYER POS COLLEGE
1 5 Richard HarrisDefensive EndGrambling
2 30 Pick Taken By
Detroit Lions
2 50 Henry Allison
Acquired Minn Vikings Pick
GuardSan Diego State
3 55 Pick Taken By
San Francisco 49ers
4 83Happy FellerKickerTexas
5 108 Tom ShellabargerTackleSan Diego State
6 133 Jack SmithDefensive backTroy State
7 161 Harold CarmichaelWide receiverSouthern
8 186 Leonard GotschalkCenterHumboldt State
9 211 Len PettigrewLinebackerAshland
10 239 Pick Taken By
New Orleans Saints
10256Tom BaileyRunning backFlorida State
11 264 Albert DavisRunning backTennessee State
12 289 Rich SaathoffDefensive endNorthern Arizona
13 317 Danny LesterDefensive backTexas
14 342 Robert CreechLinebackerTexas Christian
15 367 Ed FisherGuardPrairie View A&M
16 395 Bruce JamesLinebackerArkansas
17 420 John SageLinebackerLouisiana State

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 19, 1971 at Cincinnati Bengals L 37–14
55,880
2 September 26, 1971 Dallas Cowboys L 42–7
65,358
3 October 3, 1971 San Francisco 49ers L 31–3
65,358
4 October 10, 1971 Minnesota Vikings L 13–0
65,358
5 October 17, 1971 at Oakland Raiders L 34–10
54,615
6 October 24, 1971 New York Giants W 23–7
65,358
7 October 31, 1971 Denver Broncos W 17–16
65,358
8 November 7, 1971 at Washington Redskins T 7–7
53,041
9 November 14, 1971 at Dallas Cowboys L 20–7
60,178
10 November 21, 1971 St. Louis Cardinals W 37–20
48,658
11 November 28, 1971 Washington Redskins L 20–13
65,358
12 December 5, 1971 at Detroit Lions W 23–20
54,418
13 December 12, 1971 St. Louis Cardinals W 19–7
65,358
14 December 19, 1971 at New York Giants W 41–28
62,774

StandingsEdit

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 11 3 0 .786 406 222 W-7
Washington Redskins 9 4 1 .692 276 190 L-1
Philadelphia Eagles 6 7 1 .462 221 302 W-3
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .308 231 279 L-2
New York Giants 4 10 0 .286 228 362 L-5

1971 RosterEdit

= 1971 Pro Bowl Selection [4] = Hall of Famer
  • + After name means 1st team selection
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Jerry Williams 37 Head Coach Fired after
0–3 Start
2nd Washington State
Ed Khayat 37 Head Coach Finished season
with 3–7–1
1st Tulane University
65 Henry Allison24G-T1402556–3Rookie San Diego State
11 Rick Arrington24QB1042006–2 1 Georgia
31Tom Bailey22RB1302116–2RookieFlorida State
38Tony Baker26RB5 0 229 5–11 3Iowa State
85Gary Ballman31FL-TE-SE-WR662156–19 Michigan State
46 Lee Bouggess23RB1002106–2 1 Louisville
28 Bill Bradley*+24DB1401905–112 Texas
80Don Brumm30DE902456–38 Purdue
47Ronnie Bull31RB1302006–09Baylor
77Ernie Calloway23DT-DE1482556–62Texas Southern
17Harold Carmichael22WR-TE962256–8 RookieSouthern
58Bob Creech22LB302366–3RookieTCU
43Sonny Davis23RB1402155–11RookieTennessee State
16Vern Davis22DB302086–4RookieWestern Michigan
19Tom Dempsey24K502556–22Palomar College
62Mike Dirks25DT-G502466–23Wyoming
59Mike Evans25C1402506–53Boston College
1Happy Feller22K901855–11 Rookie Texas
84Richard Harris23DE-DT1402606–5RookieGrambling State
18Ben Hawkins27WR-SE-FL1401806–15Arizona State
86Fred Hill28TE-SE-WR702156–26 USC
56Bill Hobbs25LB1102186–0 2Texas A&M
83Don Hultz31DE-DT1402416–38Southern Miss
29Harold Jackson25WR-FL14141755–103Jackson State
51Ike Kelley27LB1402255–115Ohio State
72Wade Key25G-T1402456–51Texas,Texas State
20Leroy Keyes24DB-RB1402086–32Purdue
87Kent Kramer27TE1032356–45Minnesota
14Pete Liske29QB14102006–37Penn State
36Tom McNeill29P1401956–14Stephen F. Austin
26Al Nelson28DB1401865–116Cincinnati
68Mark Nordquist26G-C1402466–43Pacific
88Gary Pettigrew27DT-DE1362556–55Stanford
50Ron Porter26LB1202326–34Idaho
33Steve Preece24DB701956–1 2Oregon State
24Nate Ramsey30DB1402006–18Indiana State
82Tim Rossovich25LB-DE1302406–43USC
70Jim Skaggs31G-T1002506–38Washington
32Jack Smith24DB502046–4RookiesMemphis,Troy
74Steve Smith27T-DE1402506–25Michigan
73Dick Stevens23T1402406–4 1 Baylor
49Jim Thrower24DB1401956–2 1 Texas A&M-Commerce
99Mel Tom30DE1402496–44Hawaii
75Tuufuli Uperesa23G202546–3RookieMontana
9Billy Walik24WR-DB801805–11 1 Villanova
7Jim Ward27QB201966–24Gettysburg
34Larry Watkins25RB1202306–22Alcorn State
81Jim Whalen28TE202106–25Boston College
53Fred Whittingham32LB-G402406–1 7BYU,
37Tom Woodeshick30RB1102256–08West Virginia
35Adrian Young25LB202326–1 3USC
89Steve Zabel23LB-TE1402356–41 Oklahoma

Post SeasonEdit

Awards and HonorsEdit

Records Breakers

  • Al Nelson 102 yard missed field goal return, Eagles vs Dallas on September 26, 1971

Pro Bowl

  • Bill Bradley named Pro Bowl starter

League Leaders

  • Bill Bradley leads league with 11 interseptions

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1971 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1970.htm
  3. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  4. Players are identified as a 1972 Pro Bowl.
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