1950 Philadelphia Eagles season
The 1950 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 18th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 11–1, winning only six games. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.
|1950 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Greasy Neale|
|Home field||Franklin Field Shibe Park|
|Division place||3rd NFL American|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The National Football League and the All-America Football Conference came to an agreement. The Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns, and San Francisco 49ers would join the older NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles would meet the Cleveland Browns in a Saturday night game to open the 1950 season in Philadelphia Municipal Stadium instead of Shibe Park for more seating. On September 16, 1950, a crowd of 71,237 turned out in Philadelphia to watch as the Browns won 35–10.
The 1950 NFL Draft was held on January 20–21, 1950. The former AAFC teams got to pick with the NFL teams and the Detroit Lions won the lottery pick. They used it to select Leon Hart, who played end at the University of Notre Dame. With an 11–1 record in the 1949 season and Cleveland at 9–1–2, the Eagles picked last in each round.
The Eagles first draft pick went to University of Minnesota for football and basketball. He chose and played for the Minneapolis Lakers in the NBA during the 1950 season. He would join the Eagles in 1951 but left the Eagles after two seasons over money to play in Canadian Football League. He would later go into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1994.
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||= NFL Hall of Famer||=Canadian Football Hall of Famer|
(Also NFL Hall of Fame member as Vikings coach)
by Detroit Lions
|5||66||Mike Kaysserian||Back||University of Detroit|
|7||92||Mel Olix||Back||Miami (OH)|
|8||105||Dick O'Hanlon||Tackle||Ohio State|
|13||170||Norm "Wildman" Willey||Back||Marshall|
|21||274||Marv Cross||Back||Washington State|
|22||287||Jim Hague||End||Ohio State|
|23||300||Al Lesko||Tackle||St. Bonaventure|
|24||313||Tom DeSylvia||Guard||Oregon State|
|25||326||Jim Eagles||Center||North Texas State|
|28||365||Don Burson||Back||Northwestern University|
1950 AAFC Dispersal DraftEdit
The NFL and AAFC were rivals for four years. In 1949 it was agreed to allow three teams from the AAFC to join the NFL; there was an AAFC Dispersal Draft of players done. Below are whom the Eagles selected in the draft. The National Football League held the dispersal draft on June 2, 1950. The draft order was determined by the order of finish of the 1949 season. Because Green Bay and Baltimore were the weakest teams they were given extra picks: two picks each between rounds 3 and 4, one between rounds 5 and 6, 7 and 8 and between 9 and 10.
|2||26||Jerry Krall||Fullback||Ohio State||Los Angeles Dons|
|3||39||George Pastre||Tackle||Los Angeles Dons|
|4||56||Paul Gibson||End||North Carolina St.||Buffalo Bills|
|5||69||Joseph Sutton||Halfback||Temple||Buffalo Bills|
|6||84||Hosea Rodgers||Fullback||Alabama and North Carolina||Los Angeles Dons|
|7||97||Don Panciera||Quarterback||Boston College and San Francisco||New York Yankees|
|8||112||Caleb Washington||Center||Brooklyn Dodgers|
|10||140||Gil Johnson||Quarter/Half Back||SMU||New York Yankees|
|1||September 16, 1950||Cleveland Browns||L 10–35|
|2||September 24, 1950||at Chicago Cardinals||W 45–7|
|4||October 7, 1950||Los Angeles Rams||W 56–20|
|5||October 15, 1950||at Baltimore Colts||W 24–14|
|6||October 22, 1950||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 17–10|
|7||October 29, 1950||Washington Redskins||W 35–3|
|8||November 5, 1950||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 7–9|
|9||November 12, 1950||at Washington Redskins||W 33–0|
|10||November 19, 1950||Chicago Cardinals||L 10–14|
|11||November 26, 1950||at New York Giants||L 3–7|
|12||December 3, 1950||at Cleveland Browns||L 7–13|
|13||December 10, 1950||New York Giants||L 7–9|
- Bold equals notable games during the season.
- Italics equal upsets.
(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)
|= 1950 Pro Bowl Selection||= Hall of Famer|
- + After name means 1st team selection
|Greasy Neale||59||Coach||10th||West Virginia Wesleyan|
|80||Neill Armstrong||24||E-DB||12||0||189||6–2||3||Oklahoma State|
|64||Mario Giannelli||30||MG-G||12||0||265||6–0||2||Boston College|
|76||Bucko Kilroy||29||G-MG-T-DT||12||0||243||6–2||7||Notre Dame, and |
|21||Toy Ledbetter||23||HB||10||0||198||5–10||Rookie||Oklahoma State|
|49||Pat McHugh||31||DB-HB||12||0||166||5–11||3||Georgia Tech|
|43||Jim Parmer||24||FB-HB||10||0||193||6–0||2||Oklahoma State, and |
|27||Clyde Scott||26||HB-DB||1||0||174||6–0||1||Arkansas, and |
|79||Vic Sears||32||T-DT||12||0||223||6–3||9||Oregon State|
|72||Walt Stickel||28||T-DT||12||0||247||6–3||4||Pennsylvania, and |
|15||Steve Van Buren||30||HB||10||0||200||6–0||6||LSU|
|41||Frank Ziegler||27||HB-DB||12||0||175||5–11||1||Georgia Tech|
|NFL American Conference|
|New York Giants||10||2||0||.833||8–2||268||150||W6|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.