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Pete Pihos

Class of 1970

All-NFL selections


Career receptions


Receiving yards




Total TDs


"When I joined the team we started winning, shutting out two teams to win the championship. When you win, everything is great."

Enshrinement Speech

Career Highlights

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 Philadelphia
1948 Philadelphia
1949 Philadelphia
1950 Philadelphia
1951 Philadelphia
1952 Philadelphia
1953 Philadelphia
1954 Philadelphia
1955 Philadelphia
Career Total
Additional Career Statistics: Rushing: 9- -4; Punt Returns: 1-26, 1 TD; Kickoff Returns: 6-66; Interceptions: 2-30; Fumble Recovery for TD: 1

Championship Games

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

(at time of his retirement following 1955 season)


• [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

Year Team W L T Division Finish
1947 Philadelphia Eagles 8 4 0 (1st)
1948 Philadelphia Eagles 9 2 1 (1st)
1949 Philadelphia Eagles 11 1 0 (1st)
1950 Philadelphia Eagles 6 6 0 (3rd)
1951 Philadelphia Eagles 4 8 0 (5th)
1952 Philadelphia Eagles 7 5 0 (3rd)
1953 Philadelphia Eagles 7 4 1 (2nd)
1954 Philadelphia Eagles 7 4 1 (2nd)
1955 Philadelphia Eagles 4 7 1 (5th)

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

Pro Football Hall of Fame
August 8, 1970

Howard Brown (presenter):
Enshrinees, friends, I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation of being called on to make this presentation here today. I consider it the greatest honor in my life. The person we are honoring today started his career in Chicago, played for a very fine high school coach by the name of Bill Island. He distinguished himself there and then continued on to Indiana University where he was an All-American at end and also at fullback under Bo McMillan, the late Bo McMillan. Bo described this individual as the most complete football player he ever coached.

During his playing career he played seven, seven different positions; he played tailback on the single wing, fullback, played quarterback, offensive end, defensive end, defensive linebacker, and defensive halfback . He is truly the last of the two-way football players. Not only distinguished himself on offense he was one of the very few individuals to make all-pro as an offensive man and then as a defensive man. He truly belongs in the Hall of Fame.

He joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1946 played for the great Greasy Neale, who also is enshrined here. He was a 50 minute ball player. Under the great years of the Philadelphia Eagles, '48, '49, and '50, he played practically 50 minutes of football every game. He made all-pro, seven out of nine years. He led the League in pass receiving three of those years.

The great thing about Pete Pihos, the stamina, the durability that he possessed was in that time, in nine years, he missed only one ball game. I think at this time there is no doubt that this individual deserves among, to be placed among the immortals.

This morning he received a telegram in which I am deeply thrilled and pleased to have the opportunity to read to this group. - From: The White House, Washington D.C. - Dear Pete: It is with great pleasure that I extend my congratulations and best wishes to Pete Pihos, the golden great on this occasion of his induction into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. The highly successful sport career of Pete Pihos is an enviable achievement, one which all sport enthusiasts admire. His renowned durability, versatility, and drive are inspirational, world of sports has ever known. He has been enriched by its invaluable contribution. Best wishes on this most memorable occasion -Vice-President of the United States, Spiro T. Agnew.

I would ask at this time that you would please join me in a rousing applause for the Hall of Famer, Pete Pihos.

Pete Pihos:
Thank you Howard - Commissioner, Mayor, fellow enshrinees, and honored guests. This is the fourth quarter and it's the first time in my life I didn't have to worry about a two-minute drill, but we don't have to worry about winning, because we're here, and we're very honored.

I feel just like Hugh did, if you try to prepare for a speech like this and it's really the greatest thrill that a person can receive in his life. Going through that parade today, you people of Canton deserve the Hall of Fame because you showed us the fact that Lou Spadia said, what football redly is and what football and what football fans really are. It was simply the most fantastic thing that has ever happened to me in my lifetime, and I'd like to thank all the owners who are making the Hall of Fame or helping make the Hall of Fame a very memorable thing for Canton. It just, of course, I've played for, with some good, very good football players, and thank God that some of them have already been enshrined here.

Wojciechowicz, Van Buren, Bednarik, and Greasy Neale, my coach, all people who helped me when I played. Again, I can just say that it is the greatest thrill a person can ever receive in his life and it's very great to come here and be honored with three of the greatest football players I ever played against. Thank you very much.