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1943 Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers

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5-4-1, Finished 3rd in NFL East Division  · 1943 NFL Season Summary

Scored 225 points (22.5/g), 4th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 230 points (23.0/g), 6th.
 Differential of -5 points (-0.5/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 4.9-5.1.

Coach: Walt Kiesling (5-4-1) (co-coach with Greasy Neale) and Greasy Neale (5-4-1)

Stadium: Shibe Park
 Training Camp: St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Explanation of the 1943 'Steagles' team

Team Info

Principal Owner Alexis Thompson
General Manager Bert Bell

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 225 2868 634 4.5 35 15 10 138 65 175 1138 11 20 6.5 32 459 1730 18 3.8 96
Team Defense 230 2186 533 4.1 30 8 13 96 102 221 1393 15 22 6.3 41 312 793 15 2.5 42
Lg Rank Offense 4 4 5 7 2 7 5 4 4 4 1 1 1 2
Lg Rank Defense 6 1 4 6 1 5 3 3 4 4 1 1 8 1

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sat October 2 boxscore W 1-0 Brooklyn Dodgers 17 0 10 300 98 202 1 8 93 126 -33 4
2 Sat October 9 boxscore W 2-0 New York Giants 28 14 14 303 112 191 8 6 92 50 42 3
4 Sun October 17 boxscore L 2-1 @ Chicago Bears 21 48 12 298 181 117 3 17 396 186 210 3
3 Sun October 24 boxscore L 2-2 @ New York Giants 14 42 12 242 178 64 2 10 199 127 72
5 Sun October 31 boxscore W 3-2 Chicago Cardinals 34 13 16 241 74 167 3 9 206 175 31 5
6 Sun November 7 boxscore T 3-2-1 Washington Redskins 14 14 10 169 89 80 3 11 209 147 62 6
8 Sun November 14 boxscore L 3-3-1 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 7 13 18 249 52 197 2 5 176 74 102
8 Sun November 21 boxscore W 4-3-1 Detroit Lions 35 34 17 358 96 262 2 12 268 194 74 5
8 Sun November 28 boxscore W 5-3-1 @ Washington Redskins 27 14 19 390 82 308 3 10 269 211 58 2
10 Sun December 5 boxscore L 5-4-1 Green Bay Packers 28 38 10 318 176 142 8 8 278 103 175 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Roy Zimmerman 25 K/P/QB 10 9 43 124 34.7% 846 9 7.3 17 13.7 60 6.8 2.1 19.7 84.6 44.0 0 0
Allie Sherman 20 9 0 16 37 43.2% 208 2 5.4 1 2.7 49 5.6 5.5 13.0 23.1 68.3 0 0
Johnny Butler 25 LH/PR 10 9 6 13 46.2% 84 0 0.0 1 7.7 26 6.5 3.0 14.0 8.4 35.4 0 0
Ernie Steele 26 KR/lh 10 1 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0
Team Total 24.9 10 65 175 37.1% 1138 11 6.3 20 11.4 60 6.5 2.6 17.5 113.8 41.5 0 0
Opp Total 10 102 221 46.2% 1393 15 6.8 22 10.0 6.3 3.18 13.7 139.3 49.8 0 0 6.3 3.2 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Jack Hinkle 26 RH 10 9 116 571 3 56 4.9 57.1 11.6 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.1 0.3 574 3 0
Johnny Butler 25 LH/PR 10 9 87 362 3 69 4.2 36.2 8.7 3 63 21.0 0 37 0.3 6.3 425 3 0
Ernie Steele 26 KR/lh 10 1 85 409 4 47 4.8 40.9 8.5 9 168 18.7 2 60 0.9 16.8 577 6 0
Bob Thurbon 25 hb 10 1 71 291 5 25 4.1 29.1 7.1 6 100 16.7 1 43 0.6 10.0 391 6 0
Roy Zimmerman 25 K/P/QB 10 9 33 -41 1 12 -1.2 -4.1 3.3 -41 1 0
Ben Kish 26 FB 10 9 22 50 0 11 2.3 5.0 2.2 8 67 8.4 1 17 0.8 6.7 117 1 0
Allie Sherman 20 9 0 17 -20 1 5 -1.2 -2.2 1.9 -20 1 0
Charlie Gauer 22 fb 9 1 12 69 0 25 5.8 7.7 1.3 2 18 9.0 0 14 0.2 2.0 87 0 0
Ted Laux 25 4 0 9 23 0 12 2.6 5.8 2.3 2 19 9.5 0 15 0.5 4.8 42 0 0
Steve Sader 2 0 3 5 0 16 1.7 2.5 1.5 5 0 0
Bob Masters 30 3 0 2 6 0 0 3.0 2.0 0.7 6 0 0
Tony Bova 26 LE 10 6 1 11 0 11 11.0 1.1 0.1 17 419 24.6 5 51 1.7 41.9 430 5 0
Dean Steward 20 6 0 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -1.0 0.2 -6 0 0
Larry Cabrelli 26 RE 10 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 199 16.6 1 49 1.2 19.9 199 1 0
Tom Miller 25 de 8 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 60 20.0 1 32 0.4 7.5 60 1 0
Bill Hewitt 34 e 6 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 22 11.0 0 11 0.3 3.7 22 0 0
Team Total 24.9 10 459 1730 17 69 3.8 173.0 45.9 65 1138 17.5 11 60 6.5 113.8 2868 28 0
Opp Total 10 312 793 15 2.5 79.3 31.2 102 1393 13.7 15 10.2 139.3 2186 30 20

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Ernie Steele 26 KR/lh 10 1 12 152 0 19 12.7 11 236 0 28 21.5 965
Johnny Butler 25 LH/PR 10 9 13 108 0 15 8.3 6 92 0 22 15.3 625
Jack Hinkle 26 RH 10 9 4 45 0 14 11.3 11 217 0 30 19.7 836
Bob Thurbon 25 hb 10 1 2 19 0 14 9.5 6 150 0 35 25.0 560
Roy Zimmerman 25 K/P/QB 10 9 3 55 0 20 18.3 14
Bob Masters 30 3 0 2 37 0 19 18.5 43
Ted Laux 25 4 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 53
Vic Sears 25 LT 10 10 1 15 0 15 15.0 15
Team Total 24.9 10 32 335 0 19 10.5 40 802 0 35 20.1 4005
Opp Total 10 28 1378 0 49.2 34 772 2 22.7

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Roy Zimmerman 25 K/P/QB 10 9 6 1 16.7%% 28 26 92.9%% 44 1521 53 2 34.6
Johnny Butler 25 LH/PR 10 9 11 407 45 0 37.0
Jack Hinkle 26 RH 10 9 4 78 45 2 19.5
Ted Laux 25 4 0 2 2 100.0%%
Gordon Paschka 23 fb 10 1 2 2 100.0%%
Dean Steward 20 6 0 2 84 47 0 42.0
Ben Kish 26 FB 10 9 1 42 42 0 42.0
Team Total 24.9 10 6 1 16.7%% 32 30 93.8%% 62 2132 53 4 34.4
Opp Total 10 11 1 9.1%% 33 29 87.9%% 60 2371 39.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Ben Kish 26 FB 10 9 5 114 1 86 0
Roy Zimmerman 25 K/P/QB 10 9 5 19 0 10 0
Jack Hinkle 26 RH 10 9 4 98 0 91 0
Larry Cabrelli 26 RE 10 9 1 24 1 24 0
Enio Conti 30 g 10 1 1 0 0 0 0
Charlie Gauer 22 fb 9 1 1 0 0 0 0
Ray Graves 25 C 10 9 1 15 0 15 0
Ted Laux 25 4 0 1 24 0 24 0
Tom Miller 25 de 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
Bob Thurbon 25 hb 10 1 1 3 0 3 0
Al Wukits 26 c 10 1 1 7 0 7 0
Team Total 24.9 10 22 304 2 91 0
Opp Total 10 20 12

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Ernie Steele 26 KR/lh 10 1 4 2 6 36
Bob Thurbon 25 hb 10 1 5 1 6 36
Roy Zimmerman 25 K/P/QB 10 9 1 1 26 1 35
Tony Bova 26 LE 10 6 5 5 30
Jack Hinkle 26 RH 10 9 3 1 4 24
Johnny Butler 25 LH/PR 10 9 3 3 18
Larry Cabrelli 26 RE 10 9 1 1 2 12
Ben Kish 26 FB 10 9 1 1 2 12
Tom Miller 25 de 8 1 1 1 6
Allie Sherman 20 9 0 1 1 6
Al Wukits 26 c 10 1 1 1 6
Ted Laux 25 4 0 2 2
Gordon Paschka 23 fb 10 1 2 2
Team Total 24.9 10 17 11 2 2 32 30 1 225
Opp Total 10 15 15 2 1 1 29 1 230

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1943-10-02 BKN W, 17-0 1 10 rush Johnny Butler 10 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
2 1943-10-02 BKN W, 17-0 2 10 rush Ernie Steele 10 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
3 1943-10-09 NYG W, 28-14 2 4 rush Ernie Steele 4 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
4 1943-10-09 NYG W, 28-14 4 11 pass Bob Thurbon 11 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
5 1943-10-09 NYG W, 28-14 4 31 pass Tom Miller 31 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
6 1943-10-09 NYG W, 28-14 4 4 rush Allie Sherman 4 yard rush (Gordon Paschka kick)
7 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 1 60 pass Ernie Steele 60 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
8 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 4 51 pass Tony Bova 51 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
9 1943-10-17 @ CHI L, 21-48 4 1 rush Johnny Butler 1 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
10 1943-10-24 @ NYG L, 14-42 4 4 pass Ben Kish 4 yard pass from Allie Sherman (Ted Laux kick)
11 1943-10-24 @ NYG L, 14-42 4 2 fumble Al Wukits 2 yard fumble return (Ted Laux kick)
12 1943-10-31 CRD W, 34-13 1 86 interception Ben Kish 86 yard interception return (Roy Zimmerman kick)
13 1943-10-31 CRD W, 34-13 1 31 pass Tony Bova 31 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
14 1943-10-31 CRD W, 34-13 1 fumble Jack Hinkle yard fumble return (Roy Zimmerman kick)
15 1943-10-31 CRD W, 34-13 4 3 rush Bob Thurbon 3 yard rush
16 1943-10-31 CRD W, 34-13 4 26 pass Tony Bova 26 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
17 1943-11-07 WAS T, 14-14 2 24 interception Larry Cabrelli 24 yard interception return (Roy Zimmerman kick)
18 1943-11-07 WAS T, 14-14 4 35 pass Ernie Steele 35 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
19 1943-11-14 @ BKN L, 7-13 1 3 rush Bob Thurbon 3 yard rush (Gordon Paschka kick)
20 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 1 4 rush Johnny Butler 4 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
21 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 2 1 rush Jack Hinkle 1 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
22 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 3 2 rush Bob Thurbon 2 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
23 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 4 7 pass Larry Cabrelli 7 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
24 1943-11-21 DET W, 35-34 4 2 rush Roy Zimmerman 2 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
25 1943-11-28 @ WAS W, 27-14 1 6 rush Bob Thurbon 6 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
26 1943-11-28 @ WAS W, 27-14 3 5 rush Bob Thurbon 5 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
27 1943-11-28 @ WAS W, 27-14 4 47 rush Ernie Steele 47 yard rush
28 1943-11-28 @ WAS W, 27-14 4 1 rush Jack Hinkle 1 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
29 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 1 38 rush Jack Hinkle 38 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)
30 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 1 48 pass Tony Bova 48 yard pass from Roy Zimmerman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
31 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 4 13 pass Tony Bova 13 yard pass from Allie Sherman (Roy Zimmerman kick)
32 1943-12-05 GNB L, 28-38 4 4 rush Ernie Steele 4 yard rush (Roy Zimmerman kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1943-10-09 NYG L, 14-28 1 30 interception Len Younce 30 yard interception return (Ward Cuff kick)
2 1943-10-09 NYG L, 14-28 1 1 rush Bill Paschal 1 yard rush (Ward Cuff kick)
3 1943-10-17 @ CHI W, 48-21 1 96 kickoff Dante Magnani 96 yard kickoff return (Bob Snyder kick)
4 1943-10-17 @ CHI W, 48-21 2 16 pass George Wilson 16 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
5 1943-10-17 @ CHI W, 48-21 2 13 rush Dante Magnani 13 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
6 1943-10-17 @ CHI W, 48-21 2 3 rush Ray Nolting 3 yard rush (Bob Snyder kick)
7 1943-10-17 @ CHI W, 48-21 2 10 pass Doug McEnulty 10 yard pass from Sid Luckman (Bob Snyder kick)
8 1943-10-17 @ CHI W, 48-21 3 81 fumble Harry Clarke 81 yard fumble return (Bob Snyder kick)
9 1943-10-17 @ CHI W, 48-21 4 17 pass Hampton Pool 17 yard pass from Sid Luckman
10 1943-10-24 @ NYG W, 42-14 1 34 blocked punt Neal Adams 34 yard blocked punt return (Ward Cuff kick)
11 1943-10-24 @ NYG W, 42-14 1 31 pass Will Walls 31 yard pass from Emery Nix (Ward Cuff kick)
12 1943-10-24 @ NYG W, 42-14 2 4 rush Bill Paschal 4 yard rush (Ward Cuff kick)
13 1943-10-24 @ NYG W, 42-14 2 6 pass Frank Liebel 6 yard pass from Tuffy Leemans (Ward Cuff kick)
14 1943-10-24 @ NYG W, 42-14 3 35 blocked punt Al Blozis 35 yard blocked punt return (Ward Cuff kick)
15 1943-10-24 @ NYG W, 42-14 3 1 rush Bill Paschal 1 yard rush (Ward Cuff kick)
16 1943-10-31 CRD L, 13-34 2 35 pass Don Currivan 35 yard pass from Walt Masters
17 1943-10-31 CRD L, 13-34 2 67 pass Johnny Hall 67 yard pass from Ronnie Cahill (Dixie Stokes kick)
18 1943-11-07 WAS T, 14-14 2 25 pass Wilbur Moore 25 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
19 1943-11-07 WAS T, 14-14 4 4 blocked punt Lou Rymkus 4 yard blocked punt return (Bob Masterson kick)
20 1943-11-14 @ BKN W, 13-7 2 2 rush Pug Manders 2 yard rush (Bruiser Kinard kick)
21 1943-11-14 @ BKN W, 13-7 3 65 pass Merl Condit 65 yard pass from Ken Heineman
22 1943-11-21 DET L, 34-35 2 98 kickoff Ned Mathews 98 yard kickoff return (Augie Lio kick)
23 1943-11-21 DET L, 34-35 2 88 rush Harry Hopp 88 yard rush
24 1943-11-21 DET L, 34-35 3 7 rush Elmer Hackney 7 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
25 1943-11-21 DET L, 34-35 4 88 lateral Harry Hopp 88 yard lateral return (Augie Lio kick)
26 1943-11-21 DET L, 34-35 4 71 pass Art Van Tone 71 yard pass from Chuck Fenenbock (Augie Lio kick)
27 1943-11-28 @ WAS L, 14-27 3 4 pass Bob Masterson 4 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Bob Masterson kick)
28 1943-11-28 @ WAS L, 14-27 4 12 pass Joe Aguirre 12 yard pass from Sammy Baugh (Joe Aguirre kick)
29 1943-12-05 GNB W, 38-28 1 35 rush Tony Canadeo 35 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
30 1943-12-05 GNB W, 38-28 1 13 pass Tony Canadeo 13 yard pass from Lou Brock (Don Hutson kick)
31 1943-12-05 GNB W, 38-28 3 4 rush Irv Comp 4 yard rush (Don Hutson kick)
32 1943-12-05 GNB W, 38-28 4 12 pass Don Hutson 12 yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick)
33 1943-12-05 GNB W, 38-28 4 23 pass Don Hutson 23 yard pass from Irv Comp (Don Hutson kick)