TOMMY MCDONALD

TOMMY MCDONALD

Class of 1998
Wide Receiver >>> 5-9, 176
(Oklahoma)
1957-1963 Philadelphia Eagles, 1964 Dallas Cowboys, 1965-1966 Los Angeles Rams, 1967 Atlanta Falcons, 1968 Cleveland Browns

Thomas Franklin McDonald. . .Eagles’ third-round draft pick, 1957. . . Career statistics: 495 receptions, 8,410 yards, 84 touchdowns. . . Selected to six Pro Bowls. . .Scored 56 touchdowns in 63 games, 1958-1962. . .Career ratio of touchdowns to receptions 1 to 5.9. . .Led NFL in reception yardage and touchdowns, 1961. . .Ranked sixth all-time in receptions, fourth in yards receiving and second in touchdown catches at time of retirement. . . Born July 26, 1934, in Roy, New Mexico.

Wide receiver Tommy McDonald was a third-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1957. An All-America choice at Oklahoma, he won the Maxwell Award in 1956 as college football’s player of the year. During his three years of varsity play at Oklahoma, the Sooners never lost a game.

A six-time Pro Bowl selection (1959-1963 and 1966), McDonald played seven seasons with the Eagles (1957-1963), one with the Dallas Cowboys (1964), two with the Los Angeles Rams (1965-1966), and one each with the Atlanta Falcons (1967) and the Cleveland Browns (1968).

Although he was just 5-9 and 176 pounds, McDonald was extremely durable and missed only three games in his first 11 seasons. He had elusive speed and used his running skills brilliantly after making his catches, finishing his career with an average of 17 yards per catch and 84 touchdowns.

A sure-handed receiver, McDonald had few peers when it came to putting the ball in the end zone. In the years 1958-62, he had 56 touchdown receptions in 63 games, including a 35-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Norm Van Brocklin in the 1960 NFL Championship Game in which the Eagles defeated the Green Bay Packers 17-13.

His career ratio of touchdowns-to-receptions is an impressive 1 in 5.9. He also caught at least one pass in 93 consecutive games. Used primarily as a kickoff and punt-return specialist during his rookie season, McDonald ranked sixth all-time in receptions (495), fourth in yards receiving (8,410) and second in touchdown catches (84) when he retired following the 1968 season.

McDonald, who was born in Roy, New Mexico, had an outstanding season in 1961. Not only did he lead the NFL in reception yardage (1,144) and in touchdowns (13), but in a game against the New York Giants he caught seven passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns, which is still an Eagles’ single-game best.

Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1957 Philadelphia
12
9
228
25.3
3
1958 Philadelphia
10
29
603
20.8
9
1959 Philadelphia
12
47
846
18.0
10
1960 Philadelphia
12
39
801
20.5
13
1961 Philadelphia
14
64
1144
17.9
13
1962 Philadelphia
14
58
1146
19.8
10
1963 Philadelphia
14
41
731
17.8
8
1964 Dallas
14
46
612
13.3
2
1965 Los Angeles
14
67
1036
15.5
9
1966 Los Angeles
13
55
714
13.0
2
1967 Atlanta
14
33
436
13.2
4
1968 Cleveland
9
7
113
16.1
1
Career Total
152
495
8410
17.0
84
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 2-2-100, 1 TD; Rushing: 17-22; Punt Returns: 73-404, 1 TD; Kickoff Returns: 51-1055

Championship Games

1960 NFLPhiladelphia Eagles 17, Green Bay Packers 13
McDonald started at right halfback for the Eagles. He caught three passes for a game-high 90 yards and one touchdown. His score, a 35-yard pass play from Norm Van Brocklin in the second quarter, was the Eagles first touchdown of the day.

1968 NFL – Baltimore Colts 34, Cleveland Browns 0
McDonald played for the Browns but did not start. He had no catches.

All-NFL: 1960 (NEA)

All-NFL Second Team: 1959 (AP, UPI) • 1960 (UPI) • 1962 (AP, NEA)

All-Eastern Conference: 1959 (SN) • 1960 (SN)

(6) – 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966

(At time of his retirement following 1968 season)

• [2nd] Most Touchdowns Receiving, Career – 84
• [3rd] Most Consecutive Games with a Reception – 93 (1957-1964)
• [3rd] Most Yards Receiving, Career – 8,410

Eagles' records held by McDonald
(Records through the 1963 season, McDonald's last season with Philadelphia)

• [1st] Most Touchdowns Receiving, Season – 13 (1960, 1961)
• [1st] Most Receptions, Season – 64 (1961)
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Game – 237 (vs. New York Giants, Dec. 10, 1961)
• [1st] Most Yards Receiving, Season – 1,146 (1962)
• [1st] Longest Punt Return – 81 yards (vs. New York Giants, Oct. 4, 1959)
• [Tied for 1st] Most TDs, Game – 4 (vs. New York Giants, Oct. 4, 1959 - 3 rec., 1 punt return)
• [Tied for 2nd] Most Receptions, Game – 11 (vs. St. Louis Cardinals, Oct. 15, 1961)

Rams' records held by McDonald
(Records through the 1966 season, McDonald's last season with Los Angeles)

• [Tied 3rd] Most Touchdown Receptions, Season – 9 (1965)
• [4th] Most Receptions, Season – 67 (1965)

Falcons' records held by McDonald
(Records through the 1967 season, McDonald's last season with Atlanta)

• [1st] Most Touchdown Receptions, Season – 4 (1967)
• [Tied 1st] Most Touchdowns, Game – 2 (vs. Minnesota Vikings, Oct. 29, 1967)
• [Tied 1st] Most Consecutive Games with a Reception – 12 (1967)
• [2nd] Longest Pass Reception – 75 yards (vs. Baltimore Colts, Nov. 12, 1967)

Note: McDonald did not set any team records as a member of the Cowboys or Browns.

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1957 Philadelphia Eagles 4 8 0 (5th)
1958 Philadelphia Eagles 2 9 1 (6th)
1959 Philadelphia Eagles 7 5 0 (2nd T)
1960 Philadelphia Eagles 10 2 0 (1st)
1961 Philadelphia Eagles 10 4 0 (2nd)
1962 Philadelphia Eagles 3 10 1 (7th)
1963 Philadelphia Eagles 2 10 2 (7th)
1964 Dallas Cowboys 5 8 1 (5th)
1965 Los Angeles Rams 4 10 0 (7th)
1966 Los Angeles Rams 8 6 0 (3rd)
1967 Atlanta Falcons 1 12 1 (4th)
1968 Cleveland Browns 10 4 0 (1st)
Full Name: Thomas Franklin McDonald

Birthdate: July 26, 1934

Birthplace:
Roy, New Mexico

High School:
Roy (NM), Highland (Albuquerque, NM)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 24, 1998

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 1, 1998

Presenter: Ray Didinger, Philadelphia sportswriter

Other Members of Class of 1998:
Paul Krause, Anthony Muñoz, Mike Singletary, Dwight Stephenson

Pro Career: 12 seasons, 152 games

Drafted: 3rd round (31st overall) by Philadelphia Eagles

Uniform Number:
25, (29, 8)


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