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#39 - Bill Mackrides
« on: November 16, 2009, 08:39:59 PM »



#39
Bill Mackrides


In an undistinguished field at #39, quarterback Bill Mackrides, who played for the Eagles from 1947 thru 1951, is the choice as Greatest Eagle by the Number.

A native Philadelphian who attended West Philadelphia High School, Bill was selected by the Eagles in the 2nd round of the 1947 draft out of Nevada-Reno. As backup to Tommy Thompson during his first four seasons, when the Eagles won the Eastern Division three times and the league championship twice, Mackrides saw primarily mop-up duty. He passed for his first NFL touchdown in a 41-24 drubbing of the New York Giants in the seventh game of his rookie season, and his second a week later in a 32-0 victory over the Boston Yanks; this would be a typical scenario until his last year with the Birds.

All told, Bill appeared in a total of 39 games as an Eagle and completed 77 of 206 passes (37.4%) for 1077 yards, with 20 interceptions and 13 TDs. Of his first ten touchdown passes, nine came in Eagles wins, none with a margin closer than 17 points (typical scores were 45-0 over the Boston Yanks and 42-21 over Washington in ’48, 38-7 over Pittsburgh and 42-0 over the New York Bulldogs in ’49, and 56-20 against the Rams in ’50). The lone exception was a 17-yard throw to Pete Pihos in a notorious 35-10 season-opening loss to the Cleveland Browns, new to the NFL after winning four consecutive titles in the All-America Football Conference, in 1950.

Tommy Thompson retired following the ‘50 season, a new quarterback (Adrian Burk) arrived, and Mackrides had his most productive season with Philadelphia in 1951, completing 23 of 54 passes for 333 yards (all season highs as an Eagle) with 3 TDs and 5 INTs. The first scoring pass of his career that was crucial to a win was a 22-yarder to Bobby Walston in a 17-14 victory over the Chicago Cardinals in the season-opening game. He threw a 25-yard TD pass to Pihos two weeks later in a 37-24 loss to Green Bay, and a 22-yarder to Walston in a 26-24 loss to the Giants the week after that – his last for the Birds.

Bill’s rushing statistics for the Eagles totaled 97 yards on 56 carries (a 1.7-yard average) with 2 TDs. 82 of those yards, on 21 carries, came in 1950. The two rushing TDs happened on a one-yard quarterback sneak against the Steelers in his rookie season and another one-yard carry against Washington in ’49 – not surprisingly Eagle victories, by 21-0 and 49-14, respectively.

Bill left the Birds for the Canadian Football League in 1952, playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He returned to the NFL in 1953 for one last season, catching on with the New York Giants after being cut in the preseason by the Baltimore Colts, and then finishing the year with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Between the two teams he set career highs for passing attempts (109), completions (54), yards (506) – and interceptions (8 ) as well.

Strictly a backup to the talented Thompson during most of his career with the Eagles, the 5’11”, 182-pound Mackrides provided relief when needed at quarterback during the most successful period in the team’s history.

Bill Mackrides’ career passing statistics with the Eagles:

Year
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
G
8
10
7
8
6
Att.
17
53
36
46
54
Comp.
8
18
14
14
23
Pct.
47.1
34.0
38.9
30.4
42.6
Yds.
58
276
182
228
333
YPA
3.41
5.21
5.06
4.96
6.17
TD
2
2
2
4
3
INT
3
4
2
6
5
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Re: #39 - Bill Mackrides
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2009, 08:55:34 PM »

Other Eagles who wore #39:

Harry Benson (G, 1935)
Bob Pylman (T, 1938-39)
Foster Watkins (QB/DB, 1940)
Pete Emelianchik (TE, 1967)
Kermit Alexander (DB, 1972-73)
Bill Olds (RB, 1976)
Bob Torrey (FB, 1980)
Major Everett (RB, 1983-85)
Victor Bellamy (DB, 1987 - replacement player)
Tony Brooks (RB, 1992-93)
Corey Walker (RB, 1997)
Michael Reed (FB, 1998)
Sheldon Brown (DB, 2002 - should have kept the number!)
Quintin Demps (DB, 2008-09 - his easily if he steps up)
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Re: #39 - Bill Mackrides
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2009, 11:23:49 AM »

Are there any stats on Major Everitt or is Bill easily the "Man" at #39?
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Re: #39 - Bill Mackrides
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2009, 11:38:36 AM »

Here's a link to Major Everett's stats. Not much to speak of....believe me, I checked! ;)

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/E/EverMa00.htm

The next couple of numbers have much better choices available!
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Re: #39 - Bill Mackrides
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2009, 06:47:53 PM »

Are there any stats on Major Everitt or is Bill easily the "Man" at #39?

My god, I completely forgot about Major Everett.  Great job again 64.  I love looking at  the numerical listing over the years.  Lots of memories.
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