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1953 Philadelphia Eagles

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7-4-1, Finished 2nd in NFL East Division  · 1953 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.4, Offense: 8.0, Defense: 2.3, SoS: -1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 352 points (29.3/g), 3rd of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 215 points (17.9/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 137 points (11.4/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 9.2-2.8.

Coach: Jim Trimble (7-4-1)

Stadium: Connie Mack Stadium
 Training Camp: (Hershey, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Majority Owner James P. Clark Led group of investors known as the "Happy Hundred"
General Manager Vince McNally

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 352 4811 882 5.5 46 15 15 256 224 438 3089 25 31 6.5 144 410 1722 22 4.2 97
Team Defense 215 2998 756 4.0 41 17 19 186 167 374 1881 17 24 4.4 98 331 1117 6 3.4 69
Lg Rank Offense 3 1 7 4 1 2 1 1 10 3 7 5 3 4
Lg Rank Defense 3 1 6 4 2 11 3 7 7 1 1 1 1 2

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 27 boxscore L 0-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 21 31 21 310 171 139 4 20 383 122 261 4
2 Fri October 2 boxscore T 0-1-1 Washington Redskins 21 21 23 315 174 141 5 13 228 143 85 2
3 Sat October 10 boxscore L 0-2-1 @ Cleveland Browns 13 37 20 415 228 187 5 20 416 291 125 3
4 Sat October 17 boxscore W 1-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers 23 7 17 326 259 67 1 12 168 114 54 3
5 Sun October 25 boxscore W 2-2-1 @ Chicago Cardinals 56 17 32 542 337 205 3 12 195 136 59 4
6 Sun November 1 boxscore W 3-2-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 35 7 19 422 256 166 1 15 262 207 55 5
7 Sun November 8 boxscore W 4-2-1 New York Giants 30 7 21 514 460 54 2 10 92 28 64 3
8 Sun November 15 boxscore W 5-2-1 Baltimore Colts 45 14 21 497 331 166 8 15 222 169 53 6
9 Sat November 21 boxscore W 6-2-1 Chicago Cardinals 38 0 27 491 280 211 4 10 111 53 58 4
10 Sun November 29 boxscore L 6-3-1 @ New York Giants 28 37 18 383 209 174 7 20 307 230 77
11 Sun December 6 boxscore L 6-4-1 @ Washington Redskins 0 10 6 137 71 66 5 19 275 116 159 4
12 Sun December 13 boxscore W 7-4-1 Cleveland Browns 42 27 31 459 313 146 1 20 339 272 67 3

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
11 Bobby Thomason* 25 QB 12 8 6-2-0 162 304 53.3% 2462 21 6.9 20 6.6 62 8.1 6.5 15.2 205.2 75.8 0 0
10 Adrian Burk 26 P/qb 10 4 1-2-1 56 119 47.1% 788 4 3.4 9 7.6 61 6.6 3.9 14.1 78.8 48.6 0 0
14 Bob Gambold 24 3 0 6 14 42.9% 107 0 0.0 2 14.3 41 7.6 1.2 17.8 35.7 30.1 0 0
41 Frank Ziegler 30 RH 12 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0
Team Total 26.1 12 7-4-1 224 438 51.1% 3357 25 5.7 31 7.1 62 7.7 5.6 15.0 279.8 66.2 0 0
Opp Total 12 167 374 44.7% 2289 17 4.5 24 6.4 6.1 4.14 13.7 190.8 53.2 51 408 4.4 2.7 12.0

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
41 Frank Ziegler 30 RH 12 0 83 320 5 52 3.9 26.7 6.9 15 211 14.1 0 43 1.3 17.6 531 5 2
40 Don Johnson 22 12 0 83 439 5 66 5.3 36.6 6.9 12 227 18.9 2 41 1.0 18.9 666 7 3
49 Jerry Williams 30 KR 12 0 61 345 3 48 5.7 28.8 5.1 31 438 14.1 1 40 2.6 36.5 783 4 2
27 Hal Giancanelli 24 12 0 44 131 1 30 3.0 10.9 3.7 20 346 17.3 5 47 1.7 28.8 477 6 5
25 Toy Ledbetter 26 LH 10 0 41 120 1 32 2.9 12.0 4.1 13 137 10.5 2 34 1.3 13.7 257 3 5
43 Jim Parmer 26 12 0 38 158 2 15 4.2 13.2 3.2 14 89 6.4 0 45 1.2 7.4 247 2 0
21 Al Pollard 25 FB/PR 12 0 23 44 0 11 1.9 3.7 1.9 7 33 4.7 0 24 0.6 2.8 77 0 3
36 John Brewer 25 6 0 17 85 1 19 5.0 14.2 2.8 4 43 10.8 0 16 0.7 7.2 128 1 1
11 Bobby Thomason* 25 QB 12 8 9 23 1 20 2.6 1.9 0.8 23 1 4
10 Adrian Burk 26 P/qb 10 4 8 54 3 32 6.8 5.4 0.8 54 3 7
14 Bob Gambold 24 3 0 2 -2 0 0 -1.0 -0.7 0.7 -2 0 1
44 Bob Stringer 24 RS 12 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 0.4 0.1 5 0 0
35 Pete Pihos*+ 30 RE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 63 1049 16.7 10 59 5.3 87.4 1049 10 0
83 Bobby Walston 25 K/LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 750 18.3 5 62 3.4 62.5 750 5 0
85 Bob Schnelker 25 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 34 8.5 0 12 0.5 4.3 34 0 0
Team Total 26.1 12 410 1722 22 66 4.2 143.5 34.2 224 3357 15.0 25 62 18.7 279.8 5079 47 37
Opp Total 12 331 1117 6 3.4 93.1 27.6 167 1881 11.3 17 13.9 156.8 2998 23 27

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
21 Al Pollard 25 FB/PR 12 0 20 106 0 20 5.3 13 301 0 49 23.2 484
49 Jerry Williams 30 KR 12 0 15 25 0 8 1.7 14 343 0 62 24.5 1151
40 Don Johnson 22 12 0 5 14 0 14 2.8 4 69 0 26 17.3 749
27 Hal Giancanelli 24 12 0 4 11 0 11 2.8 2 45 0 38 22.5 533
88 Bob Hudson 23 LS 12 0 2 10 0 10 5.0 1 0 0 0 0.0 10
43 Jim Parmer 26 12 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 265
82 Tom Scott 23 LDE 12 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
44 Bob Stringer 24 RS 12 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 16
Team Total 26.1 12 46 166 0 20 3.6 37 787 0 62 21.3 6032
Opp Total 12 45 1816 0 40.4 49 1208 1 24.7

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
83 Bobby Walston 25 K/LE 12 0 13 4 30.8%% 48 45 93.8%%
10 Adrian Burk 26 P/qb 10 4 41 1765 66 0 43.0
60 Chuck Bednarik*+ 28 LLB 12 0 12 483 54 0 40.3
21 Al Pollard 25 FB/PR 12 0 2 0.0%% 1 1 100.0%%
Team Total 26.1 12 15 4 26.7%% 49 46 93.9%% 53 2248 66 0 42.4
Opp Total 12 18 9 50.0%% 27 26 96.3%% 79 3350 42.4

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
60 Chuck Bednarik*+ 28 LLB 12 0 6 116 1 41 0 0 1 4 6 0
45 Tom Brookshier 22 RDH 11 0 8 41 0 22 0 0 1 1 0 0
10 Adrian Burk 26 P/qb 10 4 0 7 2 0 0
27 Hal Giancanelli 24 12 0 0 5 4 1 0
88 Bob Hudson 23 LS 12 0 3 74 0 42 0 0 1 3 0 0
21 Al Pollard 25 FB/PR 12 0 0 3 4 12 0
25 Toy Ledbetter 26 LH 10 0 0 5 1 0 0
11 Bobby Thomason* 25 QB 12 8 0 4 2 0 0
33 Russ Craft 34 LDH 12 0 4 46 0 27 0
40 Don Johnson 22 12 0 0 3 1 0 0
49 Jerry Williams 30 KR 12 0 0 2 2 0 0
78 Mike Jarmoluk 31 RDT 12 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 0
81 Willie Irvin 23 3 0 0 1 1 0 0
52 Wayne Robinson 23 RLB 11 0 0 0 2 12 0
82 Tom Scott 23 LDE 12 0 0 0 2 0 1
31 Ebert Van Buren 29 12 0 1 13 0 13 0 0 0 1 0 0
41 Frank Ziegler 30 RH 12 0 0 2 0 0 0
36 John Brewer 25 6 0 0 1 0 0 0
53 Ken Farragut* 25 C 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
14 Bob Gambold 24 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
67 John Magee 30 RG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
68 Maury Nipp 23 LG 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
35 Pete Pihos*+ 30 RE 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
65 Jess Richardson 23 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Vic Sears 35 LDT 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
44 Bob Stringer 24 RS 12 0 1 7 0 7 0
75 Frank Wydo 29 LT 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.1 12 24 299 1 42 0 0 37 39 33 1
Opp Total 12 34 27 10

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
83 Bobby Walston 25 K/LE 12 0 5 5 45 4 87
35 Pete Pihos*+ 30 RE 12 0 10 10 60
40 Don Johnson 22 12 0 5 2 7 42
27 Hal Giancanelli 24 12 0 1 5 6 36
41 Frank Ziegler 30 RH 12 0 5 5 30
49 Jerry Williams 30 KR 12 0 3 1 4 24
10 Adrian Burk 26 P/qb 10 4 3 3 18
25 Toy Ledbetter 26 LH 10 0 1 2 3 18
43 Jim Parmer 26 12 0 2 2 12
60 Chuck Bednarik*+ 28 LLB 12 0 1 1 6
36 John Brewer 25 6 0 1 1 6
82 Tom Scott 23 LDE 12 0 1 1 6
11 Bobby Thomason* 25 QB 12 8 1 1 6
21 Al Pollard 25 FB/PR 12 0 1 1
Team Total 26.1 12 22 25 1 1 49 46 4 352
Opp Total 12 6 17 1 2 1 26 9 215

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 @ SFO L, 21-31 1 1 rush Adrian Burk 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
2 1953-09-27 @ SFO L, 21-31 3 3 pass Bobby Walston 3 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
3 1953-09-27 @ SFO L, 21-31 4 10 pass Pete Pihos 10 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Al Pollard kick)
4 1953-10-02 WAS T, 21-21 1 6 pass Pete Pihos 6 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
5 1953-10-02 WAS T, 21-21 2 10 pass Pete Pihos 10 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
6 1953-10-02 WAS T, 21-21 4 1 rush Adrian Burk 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
7 1953-10-10 @ CLE L, 13-37 1 1 rush Frank Ziegler 1 yard rush
8 1953-10-10 @ CLE L, 13-37 3 32 rush Adrian Burk 32 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
9 1953-10-17 PIT W, 23-7 3 28 pass Pete Pihos 28 yard pass from Adrian Burk
10 1953-10-17 PIT W, 23-7 4 16 pass Hal Giancanelli 16 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
11 1953-10-17 PIT W, 23-7 4 1 rush Frank Ziegler 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
12 1953-10-25 @ CRD W, 56-17 1 34 pass Toy Ledbetter 34 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
13 1953-10-25 @ CRD W, 56-17 2 1 rush Jim Parmer 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
14 1953-10-25 @ CRD W, 56-17 2 52 rush Frank Ziegler 52 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
15 1953-10-25 @ CRD W, 56-17 2 6 pass Pete Pihos 6 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)
16 1953-10-25 @ CRD W, 56-17 3 28 pass Hal Giancanelli 28 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
17 1953-10-25 @ CRD W, 56-17 4 7 rush Jim Parmer 7 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
18 1953-10-25 @ CRD W, 56-17 4 fumble Tom Scott yard fumble return (Bobby Walston kick)
19 1953-10-25 @ CRD W, 56-17 4 9 rush John Brewer 9 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
20 1953-11-01 @ PIT W, 35-7 1 7 rush Hal Giancanelli 7 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
21 1953-11-01 @ PIT W, 35-7 1 48 rush Jerry Williams 48 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
22 1953-11-01 @ PIT W, 35-7 2 21 pass Bobby Walston 21 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
23 1953-11-01 @ PIT W, 35-7 4 26 pass Pete Pihos 26 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
24 1953-11-01 @ PIT W, 35-7 4 8 pass Hal Giancanelli 8 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
25 1953-11-08 NYG W, 30-7 2 62 pass Bobby Walston 62 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
26 1953-11-08 NYG W, 30-7 2 32 pass Pete Pihos 32 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
27 1953-11-08 NYG W, 30-7 3 8 pass Pete Pihos 8 yard pass from Bobby Thomason
28 1953-11-08 NYG W, 30-7 4 13 pass Bobby Walston 13 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
29 1953-11-15 BAL W, 45-14 1 47 pass Hal Giancanelli 47 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
30 1953-11-15 BAL W, 45-14 2 56 pass Pete Pihos 56 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
31 1953-11-15 BAL W, 45-14 2 24 pass Don Johnson 24 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
32 1953-11-15 BAL W, 45-14 4 3 rush Don Johnson 3 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
33 1953-11-15 BAL W, 45-14 4 66 rush Don Johnson 66 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
34 1953-11-15 BAL W, 45-14 4 26 interception Chuck Bednarik 26 yard interception return (Bobby Walston kick)
35 1953-11-21 CRD W, 38-0 1 1 rush Frank Ziegler 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
36 1953-11-21 CRD W, 38-0 1 37 pass Hal Giancanelli 37 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
37 1953-11-21 CRD W, 38-0 2 1 rush Jerry Williams 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
38 1953-11-21 CRD W, 38-0 3 4 rush Jerry Williams 4 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
39 1953-11-21 CRD W, 38-0 4 2 rush Don Johnson 2 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
40 1953-11-29 @ NYG L, 28-37 1 2 rush Frank Ziegler 2 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
41 1953-11-29 @ NYG L, 28-37 2 33 pass Jerry Williams 33 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
42 1953-11-29 @ NYG L, 28-37 3 21 pass Don Johnson 21 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
43 1953-11-29 @ NYG L, 28-37 3 63 rush Don Johnson 63 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
44 1953-12-13 CLE W, 42-27 2 15 pass Pete Pihos 15 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
45 1953-12-13 CLE W, 42-27 2 1 rush Bobby Thomason 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
46 1953-12-13 CLE W, 42-27 3 14 pass Toy Ledbetter 14 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
47 1953-12-13 CLE W, 42-27 3 2 rush Don Johnson 2 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
48 1953-12-13 CLE W, 42-27 4 3 rush Toy Ledbetter 3 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
49 1953-12-13 CLE W, 42-27 4 17 pass Bobby Walston 17 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1953-09-27 @ SFO W, 31-21 1 18 pass Joe Arenas 18 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
2 1953-09-27 @ SFO W, 31-21 1 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
3 1953-09-27 @ SFO W, 31-21 3 39 pass Billy Wilson 39 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
4 1953-09-27 @ SFO W, 31-21 4 37 pass Billy Wilson 37 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick)
5 1953-10-02 WAS T, 21-21 1 fumble Laurie Niemi yard fumble return (Bill Dudley kick)
6 1953-10-02 WAS T, 21-21 2 24 pass Hugh Taylor 24 yard pass from Jack Scarbath (Bill Dudley kick)
7 1953-10-02 WAS T, 21-21 3 61 pass Hugh Taylor 61 yard pass from Jack Scarbath (Bill Dudley kick)
8 1953-10-10 @ CLE W, 37-13 2 14 rush Chick Jagade 14 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
9 1953-10-10 @ CLE W, 37-13 2 25 pass Dante Lavelli 25 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
10 1953-10-10 @ CLE W, 37-13 3 13 rush Chick Jagade 13 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
11 1953-10-10 @ CLE W, 37-13 4 42 fumble Jerry Helluin 42 yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick)
12 1953-10-17 PIT L, 7-23 3 23 pass Ray Mathews 23 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
13 1953-10-25 @ CRD L, 17-56 4 8 pass Charlie Trippi 8 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
14 1953-10-25 @ CRD L, 17-56 4 51 pass Billy Cross 51 yard pass from Jim Root (Pat Summerall kick)
15 1953-11-01 @ PIT L, 7-35 2 11 pass Ray Mathews 11 yard pass from Jim Finks (Nick Bolkovac kick)
16 1953-11-08 NYG L, 7-30 4 32 pass Frank Gifford 32 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Frank Gifford kick)
17 1953-11-15 BAL L, 14-45 1 104 kickoff Buddy Young 104 yard kickoff return (Buck McPhail kick)
18 1953-11-15 BAL L, 14-45 4 66 pass Bert Rechichar 66 yard pass from Jack Del Bello (Buck McPhail kick)
19 1953-11-29 @ NYG W, 37-28 1 8 rush Frank Gifford 8 yard rush (Randy Clay kick)
20 1953-11-29 @ NYG W, 37-28 2 1 rush Kyle Rote 1 yard rush (Randy Clay kick)
21 1953-11-29 @ NYG W, 37-28 3 30 pass Kyle Rote 30 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Randy Clay kick)
22 1953-11-29 @ NYG W, 37-28 3 25 pass Kyle Rote 25 yard pass from Charlie Conerly
23 1953-11-29 @ NYG W, 37-28 4 31 pass Eddie Price 31 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Randy Clay kick)
24 1953-12-06 @ WAS W, 10-0 4 23 interception Harry Dowda 23 yard interception return (Bill Dudley kick)
25 1953-12-13 CLE L, 27-42 1 11 rush Ray Renfro 11 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
26 1953-12-13 CLE L, 27-42 3 8 pass Ken Carpenter 8 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
27 1953-12-13 CLE L, 27-42 4 17 pass Dante Lavelli 17 yard pass from George Ratterman (Lou Groza kick)