Cowboys vs. Eagles, This One Is For First

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NFL Logos change over the years. We’ve seen our own Cowboys logo go from a plain blue star to a blue star with a white border to the current star with a blue and a white border. Our opponent Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles have a History behind their logo as well. The Eagles’ fist logo was taken from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s National Recovery Act logo. That logo was the inspiration for their mascot, which of course is our National bird. Philadelphia is sometimes called the birthplace of the nation due to the revolutionary ties to our founding. I have no idea where they get off still calling themselves the City of Brotherly Love. That just no longer fits.

The Philadelphia Eagles have been in the NFL since 1933. They were originally called the Frankford Yellow Jackets, but that franchise went bankrupt in 1931. They were out of football in 1932, then in 1933 the franchise was awarded to Bert Bell and Lud Wray. They were college teammates at Pennsylvania. Wray left the Yellow Jackets to become the very first Head Coach of the Boston Braves, who later became the current day Washington Redskins. Bert Bell soldiered on alaone with the Eagles and was a true football man. He is credited with creating the NFL Draft. The first Draft was held in 1935 for the 1936 season. The very first player ever drafted was Jay Berwanger out of Chicago, by the Eagles. If Bert Bell could see the Draft today I bet he would smile. Bert Bell also was the Eagles Head Coach from 1936 to 1940.

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Bell left the Eagles to be co-owner of the Steelers with Art Rooney. In reality Rooney sold the Steelers to a man named Alex Thompson. Then joined Bell with the Eagles and together they traded the Eagles for the Steelers. Not many people realize that the Steelers once were not owned by the Rooney family, but this is true. During World War II the two teams joined together to become the Steagles, and then they separated back into 2 franchises after the War. Bert Bell was the Head Coach of the Steelers or Steagles from 1941 to 1946 when he resigned to assume the office of NFL Commissioner. He replaced Elmer Layden in that role, and became the first true powerful NFL Commissioner, a position that originally was called President. Layden was the first true Commissioner.

Bert Bell died in 1959 while watching a game between the Eagles, whom he co-founded, co-owned, and coached, and the Steelers whom he co-owned and coached until he stepped down to become NFL Commissioner. Legend has it that he died as the Eagles scored the game winning touchdown. He had planned to resign as NFL Commissioner and resume ownership of the Eagles. Due to his passing those plans never happened. He was eventually replaced as NFL Commissioner by Pete Rozelle.

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  • SmartThinking

    I’ve followed the Cowboys-Eagles rivalry since 1960. Dallas has had lots of heated rivalries: Washington; San Fran; New York; Minn. for awhile, etc. but the rivalry I think has been the most heated is Dallas and Philidelphia. Over the decades, these two teams have left more blood on the field than all the others combined. When you think about it, football teams tend to mirror their cities. Dallas’ teams have always been shiny, silvery, fast and well-oiled. Philly, on the other hand, is rusty, blue collar working class, beer and brats. Their fans take a more earthy approach to the sport, hence the booing of everyone including Old St. Nick. They start drinking while they’re getting dressed to leave for the game. And their season is complete if they beat Dallas just once each year. If I had to, I could root for the Redskins if, for no other reason, they’re in such trouble with their name right now. But rooting for the Eagles just leaves a foul rusted metal taste in the back of my mouth. I’d never go out of my way to watch them play … Until a week like this … And against a team I’ve followed and admired for over fifty years. It’d take a bulldozer to get me away from the television set come tomorrow. And I guarantee you, I’m hoping that by game’s end, the only blood on the field will be from an Eagle. A great rivalry for decades is a great motivator and there’s no love lost between these two teams. Go Cowboys, knock the rust off them once again.

  • TopGun

    I actually feel like I lose IQ points from reading Burke’s drivel.

    Post more, seriously.

  • Don’t Delete Me

    I thought from the title this article would be about this game. Instead, it’s filled with anecdotal history trivia with random words capitalized for no reason. Very hard to take this reader seriously when he/she skips all over the map and begins with a misleading title.