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1956 Philadelphia Eagles

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3-8-1, Finished 6th in NFL East Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.5, Offense: -7.7, Defense: 1.2, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 143 points (11.9/g), 12th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 215 points (17.9/g), 5th.
 Differential of -72 points (-6.0/g), 11th.  Expected W-L: 3.3-8.7.

Coach: Hugh Devore (3-8-1)

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

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bobby Thomason* 28 7 10 82 for 164, 1,119 yards, 4 td, 21 int, & 21 rushes for 48 yards and 2 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1949
FB Don Schaefer 22 Rook 0 102 rushes for 320 yards, 2 td, & 13 catches for 117 yards and 0 td Philadelphia Eagles / 3rd / 28th pick / 1956
LH Ken Keller 22 Rook 0 112 rushes for 433 yards, 4 td, & 7 catches for 36 yards and 0 td Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 126th pick / 1956
RH Pete Retzlaff 25 Rook 0 0 rushes for 0 yards, 0 td, & 12 catches for 159 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 22nd / 265th pick / 1953
LE Bobby Walston 28 5 0 39 catches for 590 yards, 3 td Philadelphia Eagles / 14th / 166th pick / 1951
LT Frank Wydo 32 9 0 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 29th pick / 1947
LG Ken Huxhold 27 2 0 Chicago Cardinals / 27th / 319th pick / 1951
C Bob Kelley 26 1 0 2 fumbles recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 25th / 293rd pick / 1952
RG Bob Pellegrini 22 Rook 0 2 fumbles recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 4th pick / 1956
RT Tom Dimmick 25 Rook 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 113th pick / 1956
RE Hank Burnine 24 Rook 0 10 catches for 208 yards, 2 td New York Giants / 12th / 140th pick / 1955
 Defensive Starters
LDE Tom Scott 26 3 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 60th pick / 1953
LDT Jim Weatherall* 27 1 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 17th pick / 1952
MG Marion Campbell 27 2 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 46th pick / 1952
RDT Sid Youngelman 25 1 0 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 83rd pick / 1954
RDE Norm Willey 29 6 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 13th / 170th pick / 1950
LLB Chuck Bednarik* 31 7 0 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 1st pick / 1949
RLB Wayne Robinson 26 4 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 89th pick / 1952
LDH Eddie Bell 25 1 0 4 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 56th pick / 1953
RDH Tom Brookshier 25 3 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 117th pick / 1953
LS Lee Riley 24 1 0 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1955
RS Bibbles Bawel 26 4 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Bobby Walston 28 5 0 6 of 13 field goals & 17 of 18 extra points Philadelphia Eagles / 14th / 166th pick / 1951
P Adrian Burk 29 6 2 68 punts for a 41.8 average, 1 blocked Baltimore Colts / 1st / 2nd pick / 1950
PR Lee Riley 24 1 0 17 punt returns for a 4.3 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1955
KR Lee Riley 24 1 0 15 kick returns for a 25.4 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1955

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
20 Bibbles Bawel 26 RS 12 0 185 6-1 Evansville 11/21/1930 4
60 Chuck Bednarik* 31 LLB 12 0 233 6-3 Pennsylvania 5/1/1925 7 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 1st pick / 1949
81 Eddie Bell 25 LDH 12 0 212 6-1 Pennsylvania 3/25/1931 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 56th pick / 1953
33 Will Berzinski 22 4 0 195 6-2 Wisc-LaCrosse 7/18/1934 Rook Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 46th pick / 1956
36 Dick Bielski 24 12 0 224 6-1 Maryland 9/7/1932 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 9th pick / 1955
89 John Bredice 22 12 0 213 6-1 Boston Univ. 6/23/1934 Rook Philadelphia Eagles / 9th / 102nd pick / 1956
40 Tom Brookshier 25 RDH 11 0 196 6-0 Colorado 12/16/1931 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 117th pick / 1953
10 Adrian Burk 29 P 12 2 190 6-2 Baylor 12/14/1927 6 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 2nd pick / 1950
84 Hank Burnine 24 RE 7 0 188 6-2 Missouri 11/9/1932 Rook New York Giants / 12th / 140th pick / 1955
78 Marion Campbell 27 MG 12 0 250 6-3 Georgia 5/25/1929 2 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 46th pick / 1952
66 Frank D'Agostino 22 12 0 245 6-1 Auburn 3/11/1934 Rook Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 16th pick / 1956
65 Tom Dimmick 25 RT 12 0 253 6-6 Houston 5/1/1931 Rook Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 113th pick / 1956
27 Hal Giancanelli 27 7 0 182 5-10 Loyola Marymount 5/21/1929 3
64 Abe Gibron 31 2 0 243 5-11 Valparaiso,Purdue 9/22/1925 7 New York Giants / 6th / 55th pick / 1949
63 Ken Huxhold 27 LG 12 0 226 6-1 Wisconsin 8/10/1929 2 Chicago Cardinals / 27th / 319th pick / 1951
23 Ken Keller 22 LH 11 0 180 5-10 North Carolina 9/12/1934 Rook Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 126th pick / 1956
50 Bob Kelley 26 C 12 0 232 6-2 West Texas A&M 5/8/1930 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 25th / 293rd pick / 1952
71 Don King 27 3 0 260 6-3 Kentucky 3/11/1929 2
79 Buck Lansford* 23 G 12 12 232 6-2 Texas 11/4/1933 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1955
68 Dick Murley 23 5 0 247 6-0 Purdue 8/1/1933 Rook Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 39th pick / 1956
68 Maury Nipp 26 3 0 219 6-0 Loyola Marymount 3/21/1930 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 9th / 101st pick / 1952
41 Jerry Norton 25 6 0 195 5-11 SMU 5/17/1931 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 7th / 81st pick / 1954
43 Jim Parmer 29 4 0 193 6-0 Texas A&M,Oklahoma St. 4/15/1927 8 Philadelphia Eagles / 25th / 234th pick / 1948
53 Bob Pellegrini 22 RG 12 0 233 6-2 Maryland 11/13/1934 Rook Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 4th pick / 1956
25 Pete Retzlaff 25 RH 10 0 211 6-1 North Dakota-Ellendale,South Dakota St. 8/21/1931 Rook Detroit Lions / 22nd / 265th pick / 1953
71 Jim Ricca 29 1 0 270 6-4 Georgetown (DC) 10/8/1927 5
72 Jess Richardson 26 11 0 261 6-2 Alabama 8/18/1930 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 92nd pick / 1953
22 Lee Riley 24 KR 9 0 192 6-1 Detroit Mercy 8/24/1932 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1955
52 Wayne Robinson 26 RLB 11 0 225 6-2 Minnesota 1/14/1930 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 89th pick / 1952
45 Rocky Ryan 24 12 0 202 6-1 Illinois 7/5/1932 Rook Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 21st pick / 1954
24 Don Schaefer 22 FB 12 0 210 6-0 Notre Dame 2/13/1934 Rook Philadelphia Eagles / 3rd / 28th pick / 1956
82 Tom Scott 26 LDE 12 0 218 6-2 Virginia 9/3/1930 3 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 60th pick / 1953
43 Bob Smith 23 4 0 195 5-10 Nebraska 2/23/1933 1 Cleveland Browns / 15th / 181st pick / 1955
80 Bill Stribling 29 2 0 206 6-1 Mississippi 11/5/1927 5 New York Giants / 21st / 267th pick / 1950
11 Bobby Thomason* 28 QB 12 10 196 6-1 VMI 3/26/1928 7 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1949
83 Bobby Walston 28 K 12 0 190 6-0 Georgia 10/17/1928 5 Philadelphia Eagles / 14th / 166th pick / 1951
77 Jim Weatherall* 27 LDT 12 12 245 6-4 Oklahoma 10/26/1929 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 17th pick / 1952
46 Ted Wegert 24 7 0 202 5-11 none 4/17/1932 1
86 Norm Willey 29 RDE 9 0 224 6-2 Marshall 8/22/1927 6 Philadelphia Eagles / 13th / 170th pick / 1950
75 Frank Wydo 32 LT 12 0 225 6-4 Duquesne,Cornell 6/15/1924 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 29th pick / 1947
73 Sid Youngelman 25 RDT 12 0 257 6-3 Alabama 12/1/1931 1 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 83rd pick / 1954
Team Total 25.8 12 218.4 6-1.3 2.6