History and League Success
The Eagles joined the league in 1933 along with their cross-state rival Pittsburgh Steelers and a now-defunct franchise in Cincinnati with the same name as the baseball team. In 1943 due to lack of available players during World War II the Eagles were temporarily merged with Pittsburgh to form "Phil-Pitt" (more popularly known as the "Steagles").
The original team owner developed the concept of the modern player draft (having teams select college players in the inverse order of their finish the prior year), which increased fan interest by guaranteeing that poor teams would have a chance to obtain high-level talent, and thus improve. The idea was due to the past eight years having (with one exception) the league title won by only three franchises: the northeastern rival New York Giants and the Midwestern powerhouse duopoly of the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers.
The Eagles have won one Super Bowl: in 2018 on the strength of backup quarterback Nick Foles (who, during the offseason, was studying for the ministry via online courses through Liberty University). They also won NFL titles prior to the NFL-AFL merger: 1947, 1948, and 1960 (the 1960 win was notable as it would be the only championship game loss for opposing coach Vince Lombardi).
NFC East Rivals
- Dallas Cowboys
- New York Giants (their rivalry with the Giants is the oldest among NFC East teams, dating back to 1933)
- Washington Football Team