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(Indiana)...6'1'', 210...Peter Louis Pihos ... Indiana All-American, 1943 ... Fifth-round draft pick in 1945 even though he couldn't play until 1947 ... 60-minute star on Eagles title teams, 1948-1949 ... Caught winning TD pass in 1949 NFL championship ... All-NFL six times in nine seasons, once at defensive end, 1952 ... Played in six Pro Bowls ... Three-time NFL receiving champ, 1953-1955 ... Career record: 373 catches for 5,619 yards, 378 points ... Born October 22, 1923, in Orlando, Florida ... Died August 16, 2011, at age of 87.
Pete Pihos began his nine-year National Football League career as a two-way end with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1947. When the platoon system was instituted, his coaches decided to have him concentrated on playing offense.
Then in 1952, the Eagles suddenly found themselves in need of a defensive end. Without a second-thought they called on the versatile Pihos, who not only stepped in, he earned All-NFL honors. Then for the remaining three years of his career, he switched back to offense and led the league in receiving all three seasons.
Pihos was the Eagles fifth-round draft choice in 1945, but two years of the military service prevented him from joining the team until 1947. One of the truly great iron men of pro football, during his nine seasons of play, he missed just one game.
Immediately after Pete joined the Eagles, the team marched to its first divisional championship. In the playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the Eastern Division crown, he blocked a punt to set up the first touchdown in the Eagles 21-0 win. Philadelphia won three straight divisional championships and then back-to-back NFL titles by shutout scores. In 1948, the Eagles defeated the Chicago Cardinals 7-0. One year later, Pihos caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in the Eagles 14-0 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Although Pihos lacked great speed, he was a consistently outstanding pass receiver with sure hands, clever moves, and courage. Any defender who battled Pete for a pass was bound to get the worst of it physically. He played it clean, but very hard and, after he caught a pass, he ran like a bulldozing fullback. Pete led the NFL in receiving from 1953 through 1955 and earned first-team All-Pro or All-League honors six times and was named to six Pro Bowls.
1947 NFL – Chicago Cardinals 28, Philadelphia Eagles 21
Pihos started at right end. He recorded three receptions for 27 yards.
1948 NFL – Philadelphia Eagles 7, Chicago Cardinals 0
All-NFL: 1948 (UPI, NY, PF, HA), 1949 (UPI, NY), 1952 (AP), 1954 (AP, UPI, SN), 1955 (AP, SN)
All-NFL Second Team: 1950 (UPI, NY), 1952 (UPI, NY), 1954 (NY), 1955 (UPI, NEA, NY)
All-Pro Second Team: 1948 (AP, SN), 1949 (AP, IN)
(6) – 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956
(at time of his retirement following 1955 season)
• [3rd] Most Receptions, Career – 373
• [1st] Most Receptions, Season – 63 (1953)
• [1st] Most Receiving Yards Gained, Season – 1,049 (1953)
• [1st] Most Receptions, Career – 373
• [1st] Most Receiving Yards Gained, Career – 5,619
• [Tied for 1st] Most Touchdown Receptions, Season – 11 (1948)
• [2nd] Most Receptions, Season – 62 (1955)
• [2nd] Most Touchdowns Scored, Career – 63
• [2nd] Most Points Scored, Career – 378
• [2nd] Most Receptions, Game – 11 (vs. Chicago Bears, Dec. 11, 1955)
• [3rd] Most Receptions, Season – 60 (1954)
League Statistical Championships
Receiving Titles: 1953, 1954, 1955
Team Statistical Championships
Receiving Titles: 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955
Full Name: Peter Louis Pihos
Birthdate: October 22, 1923
Birthplace: Orlando, Florida
Died: August 16, 2011
High School: Austin (Chicago, IL)
Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 12, 1970
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: August 8, 1970
Presenter: Howard Brown, former teammate at Indiana
Other Members of the Class of 1970: Jack Christiansen, Tom Fears, Hugh McElhenny
Pro Career: 9 seasons, 107 games
Drafted: 5th round (41st overall) by Philadelphia Eagles
Uniform Number: #35
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