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Earle "Greasy" Neale
Greasy Neale 1922.jpg
Date of birth November 5, 1891(1891-11-05)
Place of birth Parkersburg, WV
Date of death November 2, 1973 (age 81)
Place of death Lake Worth, FL
Position(s) Head Coach
College West Virginia Wesleyan
Honors Philadelphia Eagles Honor Roll
Career record 73–51
1949 NFL Championship
1948 NFL Championship
Playing stats DatabaseFootball
Coaching stats DatabaseFootball
Team(s) as a coach/administrator

Washington and Jefferson College Presidents
Virginia Cavaliers
Ironton Tanks
West Virginia Mountaineers
Philadelphia Eagles
College Football Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1969
Greasy Neale
Born: November 5, 1891(1891-11-05)
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Died: November 2, 1973 (aged 81)
Lake Worth, Florida
Batted: Left Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 12, 1916 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
June 13, 1924 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
Batting average     .259
Home runs     8
Runs batted in     200
Stolen bases     139
Career highlights and awards

Alfred Earle "Greasy" Neale (November 5, 1891 - November 2, 1973) was an American football coach who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969. He was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1941–1950. Neale was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Before he became a head coach in the National Football League, Neale starred as an end on Jim Thorpe's pre-World War I Canton Bulldogs as well as the Dayton Triangles in 1918 and Massillon Tigers in 1919. Greasy coached the semi-professional Ironton Tanks with his legendary style, flair and winning ways. A successful college coach, he also led his Washington and Jefferson College squad to the 1922 Rose Bowl.

Although it took Neale a while to pull together the needed talent to build a winning team, once he had the right ingredients, they stayed among the league's best for nearly a decade.

In three years Greasy had the Eagles in second place and, three years later, he had them winning their first divisional crown. His offense was led by the passing of quarterback Tommy Thompson, the pass catching of future Hall of Fame end Pete Pihos, and the running of another Hall of Famer, Steve Van Buren.

Defensively, Neale developed the Eagle Defense, which was a mainstay around the league for years to come. The defensive set eventually spawned another National Football League favorite, the 4–3 defense, which is still featured by teams today.

From 1944 through 1949, Neale's Eagles finished second three times and in first place three times. The Eagles won the NFL Championship in 1948 and again in 1949, and were the only team to win back-to-back titles by shutting out their opponents. They beat the Chicago Cardinals 7–0 and the Los Angeles Rams 14–0.

Neale was also an outfielder in Major League Baseball from 1916–1924. He spent all but 22 games of his career with the Cincinnati Reds. He had a career batting average of .259 and finished in the top 10 in stolen bases in the National League 4 times. He was the Reds' leading hitter during the infamous 1919 Black Sox World Series.


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Preceded by
David C. Morrow
Washington & Jefferson College Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
John Heisman
Preceded by
Thomas Campbell
University of Virginia Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Earl Abell
Preceded by
Ira Errett "Rodg" Rogers
West Virginia Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Charles C. "Trusty" Tallman
Preceded by
Bert Bell
Philadelphia Eagles Head Coachs
Succeeded by
Bo McMillin


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