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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  • 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.