15 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles have certainly made a name for themselves in the 2017-18 NFL season with its “phenom” quarterback Carsten Wentz and top ranked defense that has turned every early season power ranking and playoffs prediction on its head. If you are a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, you are undoubtedly enjoying the glorious ride thus far. Here a few things you may not have known about the Philadelphia Eagles franchise to date:
Goombay Tally’s 15 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Philadelphia Eagles
1) Although Mike Ditka was better known for playing and coaching for the Chicago Bears, he also moonlighted with the Philadelphia Eagles for a short period of time. What position did he play?
Answer: Tight End
Comment: Give yourself a minor pat on the back if you nailed this one.
2) What year did the Philadelphia Eagles become a NFL team?
Comment: If you didn’t get this one, please carefully take off your Brian Westbrook jersey, turn in your Eagles fan card at the closest Wawa, and shamefully walk away. And no TastyKakes for you today sir.
3) What 1926 NFL Championship winning Philadelphia team proceeded the Philadelphia Eagles before going bankrupt and folded in 1931?
Answer: The Frankford Yellow Jackets
Comment: This question will tend to put some degree of separate between the casual Eagles fans and the Posers.
4) Which Philadelphia Eagles Running Back competed in and finished seventh in Bobsledding during the 1992 Winter Olympics?
Answer: Herschel Walker
Comment: Not incredibly hard trivia question, but keep this one in your hip pocket when needed.
5) Mark Wahlberg played the role of which Philadelphia Eagles special teams player in the 2006 movie Invincible?
Answer: Vince Papale
Comment: Come on! That was pretty much a give me. Here’s an extra credit question for you: What team did Vince Papale try out for and make prior to his run with the Eagles? Answer: The Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League. *(shutter)
6) During the Philadelphia Eagles’ first year in the NFL, what color were their jerseys?
Answer: Yellow and Blue
Comment: Every Eagles fan knows that right?
7) Which legendary Philadelphia Eagles Defensive Lineman and Pro Football Hall of Fame member began his professional football career with the Memphis Showboats of the United States Football League?
Answer: Reggie White
Comment: Believe it or not, professional wrestler Lex Luger was also a Memphis Showboat alum. This factoid will win you at least a Corona with lime.
8) Former Oakland Raiders head coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame member John Madden was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958. How many games did he play?
Comment: Due to a knee injury in training camp, Madden never actually played a game professionally in the NFL but obviously became interested in coaching during his rehab period in Philly. The rest is history.
9) The Philadelphia Eagles defeated which team in the 1960 NFL Championship game?
Answer: The Green Bay Packers
Comment: If you missed this one please following the same instructions given to (alleged) Eagles fans who missed question # 2. More importantly, this was the only Packers Championship loss for the great Vince Lombardi. Go Eagles!
10) Eagles quarterback Nick Foles wore the number nine jersey. Name at least three other past Eagles quarterbacks who wore the same number.
Answer: Jeff Garcia, Jim McMahon, Vince Young, Sonny Jurgensen, Rodney Peete, and Joe Pisarcik.
Comment: O.K…this is a Master’s level question for Philadelphia Eagles fans. No shame if you only got one of these.
11) The Philadelphia Eagles and which NFL team temporarily merged in 1943 due to manpower shortages driven by military service requirements in WWII?
Answer: The Pittsburgh Steelers
Comment: How many of you would have walked around with “Steagles” Swag? Better question: Would both teams have received credit on the books for a NFL Championship if the Steagles won that season?
12) The Philadelphia Eagles franchise has retired a total of 9 jerseys in its 84 year history. Name at least 4 of the player’s jerseys.
Answer: Donovan McNabb (5), Steven Van Buren (15), Brian Dawkins (20), Tom Brookshier (40), Pete Retzlaff (44), Chuck Bednarik (60), Al Wistert (70), Reggie White (92), Jerome Brown (99).
Comment: Yep. You don’t see Randall Cunningham’s No. 12 on the list, but then again … no Eagles player has worn that number to date since he left the team.
13) The Philadelphia Eagles have played in how many stadiums since 1933? Name Them.
Answer: 6. Baker Bowl, Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, Connie Mack Stadium, Franklin Field, Veterans Stadium, Lincoln Financial Field.
Comment: Baker Bowl was originally located at the N. Broad St., W. Huntingdon St., N. 15th St. and W. Lehigh Avenue block.
14) The first 1933 Philadelphia Eagles roster was mainly comprised of former players from which 3 universities?
Answer: Penn, Temple, and Villanova.
Comment: The Eagles went 3-5-1 that season and failed to make the playoffs. Ugh! But not surprising.
15) Who were the Philadelphia Eagles first quarterbacks in 1933?
Answer: Red Kirkman and Dick Thornton
Comment: Eagles training camp in 1933 was located in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Please feel free to post your Philadelphia Eagles trivia in the comments section. See you next season Bird Fans.
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