53 Facts About Philadelphia Eagles


Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia.

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The Philadelphia Eagles compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference East division.

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Since their formation, the Philadelphia Eagles have appeared in the playoffs 27 times, won 14 division titles, appeared in four pre-merger NFL Championship Games, winning three of them, and appeared in three Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl LII at the end of the 2017 season.

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The Philadelphia Eagles struggled over the course of their first decade, never winning more than four games.

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The Philadelphia Eagles would be able to play night games as Shibe Park had installed lights the year before.

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In 1950, the Philadelphia Eagles opened the season against AAFC champion Cleveland Browns, who had just joined the NFL.

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The Philadelphia Eagles were expected to make short work of the Browns, who at the time were widely considered the dominant team in a lesser league.

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Bell refused the box seats that the Philadelphia Eagles had reserved for him and purchased his own tickets to sit with the fans.

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Van Brocklin had come to Philadelphia Eagles and agreed to play through 1960 with the tacit understanding that, upon his retirement as a player, he would succeed Shaw as head coach.

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Philadelphia Eagles followed this by naming former Eagles receiving great Pete Retzlaff as General Manager and Jerry Williams as coach.

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The Philadelphia Eagles' heated rivalry with the Giants is the oldest of the NFC East rivalries, dating back to 1933, and is often cited as one of the best rivalries in the NFL.

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Philadelphia Eagles traveled to New Orleans for Super Bowl XV, where they were heavily favored over the Oakland Raiders, who had squeaked into the playoffs as a wild-card team.

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Things did not go the Philadelphia Eagles' way, beginning with Tose's imprudent decision to bring comedian Don Rickles into the pregame locker room to lighten the mood.

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Philadelphia Eagles struggled through the mid-1980s, marked by flagging fan participation.

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Immediately infusing the team with his hard-as-nails attitude, the Philadelphia Eagles quickly became known for their tough defense and tougher attitudes.

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Philadelphia Eagles reached the playoffs in 1988, but lost to the Chicago Bears, the team that Ryan had helped lead to a Super Bowl XX victory as defensive coordinator.

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On offense, the Philadelphia Eagles were led by quarterback Cunningham, one of the most exciting players of his generation; tight end Keith Jackson; and running back Keith Byars.

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The Philadelphia Eagles knocked out the starting Washington quarterback, and seriously injured his replacement.

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Philadelphia Eagles reemerged as a predominant NFL team under the leadership of new head coach Andy Reid, whose first notable step was drafting Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb with the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft.

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However, 1999 was a rebuilding year; the Philadelphia Eagles won only five games and attendance was still soft, as two home games failed to sell out, resulting in local TV blackouts, and the other six were sold out only because several local small business owners bought the remaining unsold tickets to spare TV viewers.

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The nickname came about because an Philadelphia Eagles trainer had prepared for the predicted heat by having the players drink the juice from jars of dill pickles in order to retain body moisture and stave off cramps and heat exhaustion.

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In doing so, the Philadelphia Eagles became the first team in modern history to get that far in the postseason after having been shut out at home in its first game.

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The Philadelphia Eagles tied a record by clinching the NFC East division crown after only their eleventh game of the season, matching the mark set by the 1985 Chicago Bears and the 1997 San Francisco 49ers.

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Philadelphia Eagles managed a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough.

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In Week 15, the Philadelphia Eagles beat New York in a stunning upset by overcoming a 21-point deficit in the second half.

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In 2012, the Philadelphia Eagles started off winning three of their first four games, but lost their next eight, which eliminated them from the playoff hunt.

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The Philadelphia Eagles named Michael Vick the starting quarterback going into the 2013 season with much promise running Chip Kelly's fast-paced spread offense.

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Philadelphia Eagles was only the second quarterback in NFL history to have a game in which he topped 400 passing yards and a perfect passer rating.

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Philadelphia Eagles opened the 2014 season winning their first three games and making NFL history as the only team ever to trail by ten or more points in their first three games and come back to win.

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Philadelphia Eagles traded LeSean McCoy, who had become the team's all-time leading rusher after the 2014 season, for linebacker Kiko Alonso, a player Kelly coached at Oregon who had missed the entire 2014 season.

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Philadelphia Eagles cut ten-year veteran and starter Trent Cole, who was still a consistent threat on defense and was second only to legend Reggie White on the Eagles all-time sack list.

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Philadelphia Eagles traded the highly successful Nick Foles for Sam Bradford, who had missed the entire 2014 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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However, the Philadelphia Eagles acquired league leading rusher DeMarco Murray, which not only helped the Philadelphia Eagles, but hurt their rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.

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Philadelphia Eagles served as a quality control assistant coach for the Eagles in 2009 and 2010 before being promoted to quarterbacks coach for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

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Philadelphia Eagles had been praised for his work with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith over the prior several seasons, particularly 2015, as the Chiefs moved into the top 10 in scoring offense.

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The Philadelphia Eagles won their first Vince Lombardi Trophy in franchise history, and their first league championship since 1960, ending the third-longest active championship drought in the NFL at 57 years.

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The Philadelphia Eagles rallied back and scored an 11-yard touchdown to tight end Zach Ertz.

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Philadelphia Eagles opened the 2020 season with consecutive losses to the Washington Football Team and Los Angeles Rams.

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In week 3, the Philadelphia Eagles tied with the Cincinnati Bengals after controversially punting the ball instead of attempting a potential 64-yard game-winning field goal late in overtime.

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Philadelphia Eagles were a part of the NFL Eastern Division from 1933 to 1949, the National Conference from 1950 to 1953, and the Eastern Conference from 1953 to 1966.

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Since then, the Philadelphia Eagles have only worn the black jerseys with the white pants.

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In night contests in the first half of the regular season, the Philadelphia Eagles do not need to wear white at home since the temperature is cooler.

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In weeks 4 and 6 of the 2010 season, the Philadelphia Eagles wore their white jerseys in a match-up against the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons, respectively, before reverting to their midnight green jerseys for the rest of their home games.

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The Philadelphia Eagles revived their black alternate jersey and resumed wearing white pants with their white jerseys in the regular season.

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In Week 16 of 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles wore a variation of the all-black look as part of the NFL Color Rush program, but with solid black socks as opposed to black with white sanitary socks of the original look.

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In Week 6 of the 2017 season, the Philadelphia Eagles debuted an all-white look with white jerseys, white pants and solid white socks in a road game against the Carolina Panthers.

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In 2022, the Philadelphia Eagles unveiled a new black alternate helmet, which would be worn alongside the all-black uniform.

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In 1970 the Steelers moved to the American Football Conference, while the Philadelphia Eagles stayed with the rest of the old-line NFL teams in the National Football Conference.

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The Steelers have lost nine straight games on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles dating back to 1966, which was the start of the Super Bowl era.

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From 2008 through 2010, Philadelphia Eagles games were broadcast on both rock-formatted WYSP and sports-talk Sports Radio 610 WIP, as both stations were owned and operated by CBS Radio.

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In 2017, the Philadelphia Eagles extended their broadcasting contract with WIP-FM through 2024.

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In 2013, with the addition of head coach Chip Kelly, the Eagles moved their training camp to the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia.

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Philadelphia Eagles have their own cheerleading squad, which performs a variety of dance routines for the fans and the Philadelphia Eagles on the sideline.

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