Cowboys vs. Eagles, This One Is For First

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Bell was one of the first inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. I believe he was the first member inducted posthumously. The Bert Bell Award is also named after him and is awarded annually to the Player of the Year. It is awarded by the Maxwell Club which Bert Bell also founded. Three Dallas Cowboys have won this award. Don Meredith in 1966, Roger Staubach in 1971, and Emmitt Smith in 1993.

Alex Thompson succeeded Bell as owner of the Eagles. In 1949 Thompson sold the Eagles to a syndicate led by Leonard Tose. Tose was buying the 2 time NFL defending Champions. The first player drafted in the Tose era was Chuck Bednarik. He is quite possibly the greatest Eagle of all time. The very last of the 60 minute men who played both sides of the football. His nickname was Concrete Charlie and he played on both the Offensive and Defensive Lines, a true 2 way player.

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Tose sold the Eagles to Norman Braman in 1985 and Braman sold the Eagles to current owner Jeffrey Lurie. The Eagles won three NFL Championships. The first in 1948, a repeat in 1949, and they were the NFL Champions in Dallas’ inaugural year of 1960, the year Bert Bell was hoping to resume ownership of the team from Tose. The Eagles have also played in 2 Super Bowls, but have lost both. The first was Super Bowl XV which they lost to the Raiders. They also lost Super Bowl XXXIX to the New England Patriots.

The Eagles are the 2nd team ever to play the Cowboys. A 25-27 loss for the Cowboys. The 1960 Cowboys were 0-11-1 on the season. But to lose by only 2 points to the eventual NFL Champion is pretty impressive. More proof of how special Tom Landry really was.

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