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1937 Philadelphia Eagles season

1937 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Bert Bell
Owner Bert Bell
Home field Philadelphia Municipal Stadium
Results
Record 2–8–1
Division place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season      Next season
< 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 Season

NFL Draft

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 Selections

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 Back Nebraska
2 11 Franny Murray Back Pennsylvania
3 21 Drew Ellis Tackle TCU
4 31 Walt Gilbert Back Auburn
5 41 Alex Drobnitch Back Denver
6 51 Bill Guckeyson Back Maryland
7 61 Herb Barna Guard West Virginia
8 71 Nestor Hennon Back Carnegie-Mellon
9 81 Paul Fanning Back Kansas State
10 91 Ray Antil Back Minnesota

Regular Season

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.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 5, 1937 at Pittsburgh Pirates L 27–14
8,588
2 September 10, 1937 at Brooklyn Dodgers L 13–7
5,221
3 September 21, 1937 Cleveland Rams L 21–3
3,107
4 September 26, 1937 Chicago Cardinals T 6–6
3,912
5 October 3, 1937 New York Giants L 16–7
4,878
6 October 10, 1937 at Washington Redskins W 14–0
7,320
7 October 17, 1937 at New York Giants L 21–0
20,089
8 October 24, 1937 Washington Redskins L 10–7
6,580
9 October 31, 1937 at Pittsburgh Pirates L 16–7
2,772
10 November 7, 1937 at Brooklyn Dodgers W 14–10
8,373
11 November 14, 1937 at Green Bay Packers L 37–7
13,340

Standings

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 Playoffs

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 Roster

(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 25 HB-WB-DB-BB 10 6 210 6–1 Rookie Texas
Winnie Baze 23 B 10 4 190 5–11 Rookie Missouri, Texas-El Paso
Art Buss 26 T 11 11 219 6–3 3 Michigan State
Joe Carter 27 E 10 8 201 6–1 4 Austin, SMU
Jack Dempsey 25 T 2 1 225 6–2 1 Bucknell
Fritz Ferko 25 T 10 5 242 6–1 Rookie Mount St. Mary's University
Glenn Frey 25 B 6 5 193 5–11 1 Temple
Swede Hanson 30 B 2 0 192 6–1 6 Temple
Maurice Harper 27 C 9 3 227 6–4 Rookie Austin
Bill Hewitt 28 E-DE 11 11 190 5–9 5 Michigan
Tex Holcomb 24 T 1 1 235 6–2 Rookie Texas Tech
Bill Hughes 22 G-C 11 8 226 6–1 Rookie Texas
Rabbit Keen 23 QB 8 0 170 5–9 Rookie Arkansas
Charlie Knox  ? B 1 0 185 5–11 Rookie St. Edmonds
John Kusko 23 B 10 4 194 5–11 1 Temple
Jim Leonard 27 B 2 0 204 6–0 3 Notre Dame
Jim MacMurdo 28 T-G 3 0 209 6–1 5 Pittsburgh
Bob Masters 26 HB 9 3 200 5–11 Rookie Baylor
Forrest McPherson 26 G-C-T 3 0 233 5–11 2 Nebraska
Emmett Mortell 21 B 11 11 181 6–1 Rookie Notre Dame, Wisconsin
Joe Pilconis 26 E 11 3 189 6–1 3 Temple
George Rado 25 G-DE 9 1 194 5–9 2 Duquesne
Hank Reese 28 C-G 11 8 214 5–11 4 Temple
Herb Roton 24 E 9 1 210 6–2 Rookie Auburn
Jim Russell 29 G-T 3 1 210 5–11 1 Temple
Dave Smukler 23 FB-LB 11 11 226 6–1 1 Missouri, Temple
Ray Spillers 25 T 10 3 218 6–3 Rookie Arkansas
Mule Stockton 24 G 11 11 214 6–1 Rookie McMurry
Vince Zizak 29 G-T 2 1 208 5–8 3
32 Players
Team Average
24.6 11 207.2 6–0.1 1.6

Post Season

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

Awards and Honors

References

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