Former IU All-American, NFL Hall of Famer Pete Pihos dies

Pete Pihos, a two-time All-American at Indiana and the only Hoosier to be elected to the NFL Hall of Fame, died Tuesday at the age of 87 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Pihos was an All-American at IU in 1943 and 1945 as an end and as a fullback, and became the second IU player to be elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. He played his entire nine-year NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles and helped them to NFL Championships in 1948 and 1949.

Pihos led the NFL in receptions for three straight seasons from 1953-55. He compiled 373 career receptions for 6,519 yards and 61 touchdowns.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

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  1. The name Pete Pihos for IU football was what Isahiah Thomas, Quinn Buckner, Walt Bellamy or Randy Whittman was for basketball. Hope he got a ball and great teammates when he got upthere. You are remember Pete!

    George Taliaferro, another legend and a great human being who spent his life helping IU kids is from this same period- perhaps the greatest time in Hoosier football lore- still lives in Bloomington as far as I know. We are the winners because these great individuals represented us.

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