The Philadelphia Eagles were founded in 1933 as a replacement franchise after the Frankford Yellow Jackets failed due to bankruptcy. Some of the league’s biggest names played for the Eagles in the early days including Steve Van Buren, Chuck Bednarik, Sonny Jurgensen, Tommy McDonald, Pete Pihos and Norm Van Brocklin. The Eagles have come close to playing for the NFL title in recent years, but their only actual titles occurred quite some time ago when they won back-to-back titles in 1948 and 1949 and then also won it all in 1960. Here is a look at five things you probably don’t know about the Philadelphia Eagles.
1. The only loss in a championship game ever suffered by legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi came in the 1960 NFL Championship Game at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles.
2. The last pass completed by legendary Eagles quarterback Roman Gabriel went to Vince Papale who would later be played by actor Mark Wahlberg in the 2006 Disney movie titled ‘Invincible’.
3. Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Bill Bradley was the first NFL player to ever lead the league in interceptions two seasons in a row.
4. The Philadelphia Eagles were the first, and so far only, NFL team to win back-to-back NFL Championship Games while holding the opponent to no points. The Eagles defeated the Chicago Cardinals 7-0 in the 1948 championship game and then won the 1949 NFL title game by a score of 14-0 over the Los Angeles Rams.
5. Before the 1996 season, the Philadelphia Eagles changed their official colors from Kelly Green to Midnight Green.
The Philadelphia Eagles have one of the longer team histories in all of the National Football League. During their more than seven decades in professional football they have been involved in many of the most memorable moments in the league. The Eagles have had a number of important players over the years, many who have gone on to become somewhat legendary. The team is an important part of the city of Philadelphia and will remain so for quite some time.