Pete Pihos, Class of 1970
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 third-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.
Pete Pihos earned his place among pro football's elite in 1970.
Pete Pihos' Hall of Fame mural.
Pete Pihos' Hall of Fame bust.
Pete Pihos was a consistently outstanding pass receiver with sure hands, clever moves, and courage.