In 1931, Philadelphia’s NFL franchise, the Frankford Yellow Jackets, went bankrupt and ceased operations midway through the season. After a year of searching for replacement, NFL granted an expansion franchise to new owners Lud Wray and Bert Bell. They named the new franchise the Philadelphia Eagles and played their first game on October 15, 1933.
In 1943, World War II made it impossible to fill the Eagles’ roster. The team temporarily merged with the Pittsburgh Steelers to form the “Steagles” and this combined team was dissolved at the end of the season.