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Hall of Fame wideout Pete Pihos dies at 87

Former Eagles receiver Pete Pihos, whose nine-year career earned his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 87.

The Eagles have announced that Pihos passed earlier today, after an extended fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

A fifth-round draft choice from Indiana University in 1945, Pihos qualified for six Pro Bowls.  He was a five-time All-Pro.

Pihos caught the game-winning touchdown against the Rams in the 1949 NFL title game, and he led the league in receptions from 1953 through 1955.  In ’53, he won the receiving triple crown with 63 catches for 1049 yards and 10 touchdowns, leading the NFL in all three categories.

He compiled those numbers in a 12-game season.

His 63 career touchdowns put Pihos at No. 120 on the all-time list, tied with Curt Warner and Maurice Jones-Drew.

We extend our condolences to Pihos’ family, friends, and teammates.

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10 Responses to “Hall of Fame wideout Pete Pihos dies at 87”
  1. jw731 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:36 AM

    He was also all -NFL in 1952……As a defensive end……RIP…

  2. dawkphan says: Aug 16, 2011 10:12 AM

    God Bless Him and be with his family and friends R.I.P.

  3. oldbyrd says: Aug 16, 2011 10:14 AM


  4. listenupcupcake says: Aug 16, 2011 10:16 AM

    RIP Pete Pihos. An all-time great from the pre-TV (a/k/a, small-money) years. Those guys played for the love of the game.

  5. DonRSD says: Aug 16, 2011 10:43 AM

    this guy was a monster in APF 2k8.

  6. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 16, 2011 10:46 AM

    ^ I agree. I have his 1951 bowman card. You have to love the old timers. I wish the Eagles would stick to the throwback uniforms. Pay homage to those who came before you. They shaped the game, and got the league to where it is today. Like cupcake says, Love of the game!

  7. joetoronto says: Aug 16, 2011 11:06 AM

    87, salute.

  8. duncanthecat says: Aug 16, 2011 11:12 AM

    I wish more highlight reels existed of these PreTV Heros.

    Frozen fields and all.

  9. trickbunny says: Aug 16, 2011 12:22 PM

    And he did it all while smoking a whole pack of cigarettes each game! Guys were tough back then!

    R.I.P., Mr. Pihos.

  10. ninerfan94954 says: Aug 16, 2011 12:36 PM

    From a long time 49erfan…RIP sir, thanks for making this a great game.

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