June 26, 2017

All-Time Great Receiver Pete Pihos Passes

Pete Pihos, a College and Pro Football Hall of Famer, died early today in a nursing home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 87. It has been a tough year for Pro Football Hall of Famers with the deaths of many all-time greats, including John Henry Johnson, John Mackey, Ollie Matson, Joe Perry and Andy Robustelli. 

Pihos was an All-American at Indiana and a veteran of World War II. He was a 6-time Pro Bowler and 5-time First Team All-Pro in nine professional seasons, all with the Philadelphia Eagles. He led the NFL in receptions for three consecutive seasons (1953-55), receiving yardage twice and once in receiving touchdowns.

Pihos was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

When his career ended after the 1955 season, “The Golden Greek” ranked third all-time in receptions, fourth in receiving yardage, and tied for second in receiving TDs.

Here is a listing of the top ten receivers in history after the 1955 season:

PLAYER           GAMES   REC   YARDS   AVG  TDS  YEARS
DON HUTSON        116    488   7,991  16.4   99  1935-45
TOM FEARS          85    395   5,348  13.5   38  1948-55
PETE PIHOS        107    373   5,619  15.1   61  1947-55
DANTE LAVELLI     112    366   6,144  16.8   61  1946-55
Mac Speedie        86    349   5,602  16.1   33  1946-52
ELROY HIRSCH      103    320   5,949  18.6   48  1946-55
Elbie Nickel      107    292   4,640  15.9   31  1947-55
Jim Benton         91    288   4,801  16.7   45  1938-40,42-47
Hugh Taylor        94    272   5,233  19.2   58  1947-54
Dan Edwards        70    234   2,898  12.4   16  1948-54

 

NOTE: ALL CAPS = Pro Football Hall of Famer
Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com