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Here then is the history of the Eagles’ Uniforms …

 

#1.

1934  The Eagles have been a Philadelphia institution since 1933. That year, a syndicate headed by Bert Bell and Lud Wray purchased the former Frankford Yellowjackets franchise for $2,500. In 1941, a unique swap took place between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in which the clubs traded home cities. Alexis Thompson became the Eagles' owner.

 

When Bert Bell established his NFL franchise in Philadelphia in 1933, the country was struggling to recover from the Great Depression. New president Franklin D. Roosevelt had introduced his “New Deal” program through the National Recovery Administration, which had the Eagle as its symbol. Since Bell hoped his franchise also was headed for a new deal, he picked Eagles as the team name.

 

This yellow jersey that you see is the first jersey the team wore. Notice the blue stripes which run from one sleeve cuff all the way up the arm, across the shoulders, and down the next arm. The numbers are small and placed high on the chest. Note also the helmet. It is very different than what we are used to seeing!

 #2

1941 The 1941 season saw a unique display of events take place, as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh traded home cities. Bert Bell and Art Rooney swapped franchises with Alexis Thompson. Rooney returned to Pittsburgh, and Thompson took over the Eagles. Bert Bell joined Rooney as a full-time partner in Pittsburgh, and Thompson hired Earl “Greasy” Neale as head coach of the team. The Eagles subsequently finished the season with a 2 – 8 – 1 record.

 

This jersey isn’t quite as flashy as the 1934 jersey we see on this poster. The colours have changed to black and grey, and not only on the jersey, but the helmet as well.

#2A.

1943  In 1943 World War II was in full force. To help maintain high morale throughout the country, the NFL, like Major League Baseball, decides to carry on at the advice of none other than President of the United States. Briefly summarized, he said that the games of baseball and football were too important to the people. Carrying on with the games would boost the morale of the entire Country, and get their minds off of the war effort for a short time.

Due to the shortage of players created by World War II, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh combined operations for this season. The team was called both Phil-Pitt and the Steagles. Greasy Neale of the Eagles and Walt Kiesling of the Steelers were co-coaches. The combined unit finished the season 5-4-1.

Including the 1943 season, Neale coached the Eagles for 10 seasons. He led them to their first significant successes in the NFL. Paced by such future Hall of Famers as      RB Steve Van Buren, center-linebacker Alex Wojciechowicz, end Pete Pihos and center-linebacker Chuck Bednarik (who joined the Eagles in 1949), the Eagles dominated the league for six seasons.

 

The team takes a different angle this year with the jerseys, changing the team colours to green and white. Notice how the player numbers are much bigger now, and how the stripes continue to run down the shoulders and arms. Note also the colours on the helmet have changed to match the jersey.

 

#2B.
1945  The Eagles again finish in second place with a 7-3 record while leading the league in scoring with 272 points. End Steve Van Buren led the NFL with 838 rushing yards and 110 points.

 

This white jersey is a nice change from the dark coloured 1941 jersey. Notice how the helmet has also changed colours to match the uniform.

#3.

1948  The Eagles win their first NFL championship this season, defeating the Chicago Cardinals, 7-0, in a blinding snowstorm at Shibe Park, ending the season with a record of 9-2-1. This was one of 2 successive shutout victories in the championship game. The other would come the following year in 1949 when they blanked the Rams 14-0.

 

This white jersey has green lettering on the front, while the stripes along the shoulders and arms are removed. Note the two green horizontal stripes on the arms. The helmet has changed slightly, adding a colour where there was once white.

#4.
1949  Eagles owner Alexis Thompson sells the team to 100 buyers, each of whom paid $3,000 for one of the100 shares. They were called the "Happy Hundred" or the "100 Brothers." Their leader was James P. Clark, a Philadelphia sportsman and business executive, and the 100 investors included some of the leading names in Philadelphia business, government and politics, including Leonard Tose.

 

Vince McNally is named general manager, while University of Pennsylvania All-America C/LB Chuck Bednarik is a 1st round draft choice. The Eagles win their 3rd straight Eastern Division title, ending the season at 11-1, and defend their NFL championship with a successive shutout win, this time over the Los Angeles Rams, 14-0.

 

The team decides to stick with the basics as they remove all the stripes, and keep the same helmet as the previous season.

#5A.
1953  Bobby Thomason and Adrian Burk combine to pass for a league-high 3,089 yards, while end Pete Pihos catches 63 passes for 1,049 yards and 10 touchdowns to lead the league.

 

The Eagles finish in second place with a record of 7-4-1,and snap Cleveland's 11-game winning streak with a 42-27 win in the season finale.

 

This green jersey hasn’t changed much since 1949, with exception to the numbering. Note the helmet: it is now all green, and matches the jersey.

#5B.
1959  A rash of injuries ended Philadelphia's era of domination and by 1958, the Eagles had fallen to last place in their division. That year, however, quarterback Norm Van Brocklin arrived in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, and new coach Buck Shaw initiated a building program.

 

With Pete Retzlaff and Tommy McDonald as his chief targets, Norm Van Brocklin passes the Eagles to a 7-5 record and a second place tie with Cleveland.

 

This white jersey has adopted the green horizontal stripes on the arms once again, only this time adding white matching pants. Note the change of the helmet. They have added white eagles wings, as well as a safety bar.
#6.
1960  QB Norm Van Brocklin and Chuck Bednarik, who play 60 minutes at center and linebacker, pace the Eagles to their first Eastern Division title in 11 years with a 10-2 record. The Eagles go on to win their third NFL championship with a come-from-behind 17-13 victory over Green Bay at Franklin Field. Van Brocklin, the league's MVP, and head coach Buck Shaw both announce their retirements at the end of the season.

 

The American Football League began in 1960 as an 8 team rival league to the NFL. Both leagues competed head to head for players, fans and broadcast revenue. This was the way it was from 1960 to 1965 - two separate leagues, two separate champions (although few people would have honestly believed that the AFL champions could have beaten the NFL champs). Then in 1965 the two leagues agreed to merge. It was decided that beginning in 1970 there would be only one league, the NFL. In the interim, between 1966 and 1969, the AFL Champion would play the NFL Champion for the “World Championship”. It was only after the first World Championship had been played in 1966 that the name “Super Bowl” came into being.

 

Joining the AFL as charter members were the: Dallas Texans (now Kansas City Chiefs); Denver Broncos; Los Angeles Chargers (now San Diego Chargers); Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans); Boston Patriots (now New England Patriots); Buffalo Bills; Oakland Raiders.

 

This green jersey has replaced the white stripes with white player numbers. Note also the change of the mask on the helmet. The logo of eagles wings is also on the sides.
#7.
1967  Quarterback Norm Snead sets a team passing record of 3399 yards and 29 td’s, while flanker Ben Hawkins sets a team receiving record with 1265 yards. Unfortunately, injuries to other key players contribute to a disappointing 6-7-1 record and a second place finish.

 

This green jersey adds once again the white stripes, however changing them slightly, adding them to the arms as well as around the shoulders. The player numbers, however, are still on the arms. The helmet changes slightly, changing the mask.
#8.
1972  Since 1971, when the Eagles left the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field, they have played in 65,356-seat Veterans Stadium before capacity or near-capacity crowds each week.

 

After a stormy 2-11-1 season, Tose accepts general manager Retzlaff's resignation and releases the entire coaching staff. A bright spot, however, is Harold Jackson, who leads the NFL in receptions and receiving yards (62-1,048).

 

This jersey has abandoned the stripes, and added a black outline to the player numbers. Notice the helmet has changed the mask, and have changed to a white helmet, making the eagles wings green.

 

 

#9.
1980  After falling a half-game short of another Eastern conference championship in 1961, the Eagles didn't reach the playoffs again until 1978. Led by coach Dick Vermeil, who joined the team in 1976, Philadelphia qualified for the playoffs every year from 1978 to 1981. In 1980, the Eagles won a club-record 12 games to edge Dallas for the Eastern division title, and then they defeated the Cowboys 20-7 in the NFC championship game. However, the Eagles lost to the Oakland Raiders 27-10 in Super Bowl XV.

 

Since 1971, when the Eagles left the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field, they have played in 65,356-seat Veterans Stadium before capacity or near-capacity crowds each week.

 

The Eagles win 11 of their first 12 games and go on to a 12-4 mark and the NFC East championship. The Birds trounce Minnesota 31-16, in the divisional playoff round and then upend Dallas, 20-7 at Veterans Stadium, to win the NFC title and a berth in Super Bowl XV. The Oakland Raiders prevail in that game, however, 27-10.

 

Ron Jaworski lead the NFC with a 90.9 passing rating while throwing for 3,527 yards and 27 touchdowns. He is named NFL player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club and NFC player of the year by UPI.

 

Harold Carmichael's then-record NFL receiving streak is snapped at 127 games when he fails to catch a pass in the regular season finale at Dallas after sustaining a back injury in the first half

 

After Vermeil left in 1982, the Eagles suffered through some lean years. But Norman Braman took control of the club in 1985 and began a rebuilding program that hit its stride in 1988.

 

This white jersey, as you can see, has added more stripes than ever, with five green stripes and two grey stripes. The player numbers have been moved to the shoulder, and if you look closely, you’ll see that the collar of the jersey is also green. Note also the mask on the helmet is changed. The helmet is green, and the logo has changed, outlining the wings with white, and colouring it in with grey.

#10A.
1989  After Vermeil left in 1982, the Eagles suffered through some lean years. But Norman Braman took control of the club in 1985 and began a rebuilding program that hit its stride in 1988. That year, the Eagles won the NFC East. Beginning in 1988, Philadelphia, led by its particularly dominating defense, won 10-or-more games for five straight years. In four of those years, the Eagles made the playoffs as a wild-card team.


The Eagles used an aggressive, ball-hungry defense - which led the NFL in takeaways (56) and interceptions (30), and set a team record with 62 QB sacks - to finish 11-5. Philadelphia, however, finished second to the Giants in the NFC East (despite two victories in head-to-head competition) and faced the LA Rams in the Wild Card playoff.

 

Although playing a post-season game at Veterans Stadium for the first time since 1981, the Birds fell 21-7. QB Randall Cunningham posted similar numbers to his superb '88 campaign despite missing receivers Mike Quick and Keith Jackson for most of the season due to injuries. A deeper loss came on Dec. 9, when quarterback coach Doug Scovil passed away. The second alternate to the Pro Bowl, Cunningham started for the NFC squad when injuries kept the other QBs from playing. CB Eric Allen led the NFC in interceptions with 8.

 

This white jersey, as you can see, now has short sleeves, with no stripes. The numbers are left on the shoulder, and have been outlined with black. If you look closely, a new eagle’s logo has been added to the arm of jersey. Note the mask on the helmet has changed.

#10B.
1999  A change in head coach, a change in quarterback, a change in defensive philosophy, a change in attitude. Indeed, change defined the theme that encompassed the Eagles.

 

The Eagles brought in former Green Bay quarterback coach Andy Reid as their new head coach on January 11th. Three months later, the club used the 2nd overall draft choice to select QB Donovan McNabb, one of the most accomplished athletes to ever come out of Syracuse. With their revamped roster, the Eagles got off to a sluggish 0-4 start, but rebounded with a come-from-behind win vs. the rival Dallas Cowboys, as well as their first victory on the road since 1996, as they downed the Chicago Bears, 20-16, at Soldier Field. However, a three-game losing streak followed which then prompted Reid to insert McNabb into the starting lineup for six of the final seven contests.

 

In his first start on Nov. 14th vs. Washington, McNabb sparked the Birds to a 35-28 victory over the Redskins. Two weeks later in a rematch with the 'Skins, McNabb led the offense on two, 91-yd TD scoring drives in the 2nd half which erased a 17-3 deficit.

 

RB Duce Staley saw his stock rise around the NFL as he garnered his second straight 1,000-yd rushing season (a career-high 1,273 yds.) en route to being named the first alternate for the NFC Pro Bowl squad. Staley's 1,567 total yards from scrimmage accounted for a NFL-best 41% of his team's offense.

 

New defensive coordinator Jim Johnson turned up the heat as his troops accounted for a league-best 46 take-aways, including 28 interceptions (3rd in NFL), five of which were returned for TDs, which was a team record. One of the many players who flourished under Johnson's system was FS Brian Dawkins, who earned his first Pro Bowl selection with 103 tackles, 4 INTs, and 6 forced fumbles. CB Troy Vincent also earned a berth on the Pro Bowl squad as his career-high 7 INTs tied for the league lead. As such, he became the first Eagle to top the entire NFL in INTs since Bill Bradley did so in 1972.

 

A physical cornerback as well, Vincent posted career highs in tackles (100) and forced fumbles (4). 2nd-year MLB Jeremiah Trotter established himself as a force in his first year as a starter, posting a team-best 202 tackles (107 solo), along with 2.5 sacks and 2 INTs.

 

Although the Eagles finished with a 5-11 record, Reid made it a priority to implement a very upbeat and positive attitude as the Eagles possessed one of the youngest teams in the NFL. At season's end, there were 16 rookie and first-year players on the roster, including 14 true rookies.

 

If you look closely at this jersey,  you will note a smaller patch  the NFL shield on the jersey’s neckline. Most NFL uniforms added the NFL logo patch to the neck and upper left thigh of the pants beginning in 1991 - an exception being in 1994 when teams occasionally wore "throwback" uniforms celebrating the NFL's 75th anniversary.

 

Note the change of the colour green. When asked why the colour changed, owner Jeffrey Lurie stated that “our fans want us to look less like the Jets.”

 

Check out the new logo: the name Eagles on the front, and a new picture of an eagle on the sleeves.

 

The arms now have grey stripes at the edge. Note the changes of the helmet: the mask has changed, as well as the colour, and the eagles wings. If you look closely, you will also see an NFL patch on the back of the helmet.

#11.
2000  Often heard as the team broke the huddle following a late-season practice was the phrase, "Don't lose your personality." Those words were drummed into the players heads by 2nd year head coach Andy Reid, whose Eagles put Philadelphia back on the football map in the year 2000.

 

After finishing the previous season at 5-11, Reid, the NFL's coach of the year by the Maxwell Club, The Sporting News, and Football Digest, led the Eagles to the greatest turnaround in franchise history, finishing 2nd in the NFC East at 11-5 and earning a trip to the NFC Divisional Playoffs.

 

The unique personality of the Eagles was evident early on as an onsides kick by K David Akers was executed to perfection to kickoff the season opener at Dallas, leading them to a 41-14 thrashing of the Cowboys. Although they dropped their next two games, the Eagles rallied to win 10 of their next 13 games and earned the top Wild Card spot in the NFC.

 

A 4-0 record in November that included comeback, overtime wins vs. Dallas and at Pittsburgh and an emotional victory at Washington vaulted them into sole possession of first place in the NFC East for the first time that late in the season since 1988. In the playoffs, the Eagles overwhelmed Tampa Bay, 21-3, before losing to the eventual NFC Champion NY Giants in the Divisional Playoffs.

 

The stars of this team were plentiful, but none shined brighter than 2nd-year QB Donovan McNabb. When RB Duce Staley went down for the season with a foot injury in the fifth game of the year, McNabb became not only the focal point of the offense, but a legitimate Most Valuable Player candidate, while being named the first alternate on the NFC Pro Bowl squad. McNabb accounted for 74.6% of the team's total net yards (3rd in the NFL), including 629 rushing yards (tops among NFL QBs). He broke the club's single season record for most attempts (569) and completions (307) and became the first Eagles QB since 1994 (Randall Cunningham) to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season.

TE Chad Lewis reaped the benefits of McNabb's maturation, leading all NFC tight ends in receptions (69) and earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl as a starter.

 

The defense, orchestrated by coordinator Jim Johnson, ranked in the top ten in many categories, including fewest points allowed (15.9) and sacks (50) - the club's best output in each category since 1992. This unit featured three Pro Bowlers in CB Troy Vincent (5 interceptions), DE Hugh Douglas (15 sacks, plus 2 in playoffs), and MLB Jeremiah Trotter (171 tackles, 100 solo). First round draft choice DT Corey Simon also made an immediate impact, recording a rookie team-record 9.5 sacks.

 

A full-time kicker for the first time in his career, Akers etched his name into the club's record book for most points in a season (121) and most consecutive field goals made (13).

 

If you look closely at this jersey,  you will note a smaller patch  the NFL shield on the jersey’s neckline. Most NFL uniforms added the NFL logo patch to the neck and upper left thigh of the pants beginning in 1991 - an exception being in 1994 when teams occasionally wore "throwback" uniforms celebrating the NFL's 75th anniversary.

 

Note the change of the mask on the helmet. This jersey is still green, although the colour has changed throughout the years. The most recent change of colour happened after the 1005 season. When asked about the colour change, owner Jeffrey Lurie stated that “our fans want us to look less like the Jets.”

 

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