Jeffrey Breault | Philadelphia Eagles Bid Bill Mackrides Goodbye

For Philadelphia Eagles fans like Jeffrey Breault, January 22, 2019 will be remembered as the day they said goodbye to one of the team’s best players, former QB William “Bill” Mackrides. He was part of the Eagles championship teams that won the 1948 and 1949 NFL Championship games. Here’s a look back at his life and career as shared by Jeffrey Breault:

Football career

Bill Mackrides played for the University of Nevada in Reno before turning pro in 1946, when he was drafted by the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles (round 3, pick 19) in the 1947 National Football League Draft held at the Commodore Hotel in New York City. Image Source:

He played quarterback for the Eagles in a career (with the team) that spanned almost five years, from 1947 to 1951. It was during his stint with the team that the Eagles won two NFL Championships; one in 1948 (for which he was starting quarterback) and another in 1949, Jeffrey Breault proudly shares. His playing career with the Eagles is summarized below:

  • He played in 39 career games
  • Made 15 touchdowns and 28 interceptions, throwing for a total of 1,583 yards
  • Has a passer rating of 38.5
  • He played backup quarterback to Tommy Thompson during his time with the Eagles
  • The 1948 NFL Championship was the only game he played starting quarterback for the Eagles

After his career with the Eagles, he played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1952, and then for the New York Giants (during the 1953 season). After his brief stint with the Giants, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1953. The Steelers would be the last team he ever played for professionally, Jeffrey Breault sadly notes, and 1953 would be the last year he ever played.

Life after football

When Bill Mackrides hung up his jersey for good, he decided to pursue his studies. He finished his undergraduate course at West Chester College and then later earned his master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania. He then went on to pursue a doctorate degree in psychology at the University of New Mexico.

So yes, says Jeffrey Breault, William “Bill” Mackrides has a Master’s in Education and a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Professionally, Bill Mackrides worked as a guidance counselor at Springfield High School, for which he also served as the football coach. He held these positions from 1957 until he retired in 1983.

In 1959, he established a summer day camp, the Indian Springs Day Camp located in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.

His later years were marked by Alzheimer’s Disease. His obituary requested that donations to the Alzheimer’s Association be made in lieu of flowers.

William “Bill” Mackrides
July 8, 1925 – January 22, 2019
93 years old
Beloved Philadelphia Eagles QB

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