Fred Biletnikoff To Be Enshrined into Pennsylvania Hall of Fame


It was announced a few days ago that Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Now, another Gold Jacket will be honored by their hometown state. This time it will be former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff.
Biletnikoff will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 22 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa. He played at Tech Memorial high school before starring at Florida State and with the Raiders.
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The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame honors athletes, administrators, coaches, those involved in sports medicine and the sports media who served in Pennsylvania communities. More than 250 people have been enshrined since 1962 including Pro Football Hall of Famers Mel Blount, Mike Munchak, Harold (Red) Grange, Lenny Moore, Tommy McDonald, Wilbur (Pete) Henry, Bill Dudley, Robert (Cal) Hubbard, Charley Trippi, Art Rooney, Clark Hinkle, Bert Bell, Steve Van Buren, Chuck Bednarik and Franco Harris.
Biletnikoff came to the Raiders as their No. 2 draft pick in 1965. He caught four passes for 79 yards to set up three Oakland scores in the Raiders’ 32-14 victory in Super Bowl XI. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Fred was an All-AFL pick in that league's final 1969 season, earned All-Pro honors in 1972, and won All-AFC acclaim in 1970, 1972 and 1973. He played in two AFL All-Star games and four AFC-NFC Pro Bowl games as well as three AFL and five AFC championship games, plus Super Bowls II and XI.

The Gold Jacket will be back at the Hall of Fame this summer as his former teammate, friend and quarterback Kenny Stabler will posthumously be Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. Biletnikoff and Stabler were one of the best wide receiver and quarterback duos of all time in professional football.

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