Three times Pihos, who substituted physicality for speed, led the league in receptions. He was a five-time Eagles MVP, a six-time all-pro, and helped the team win three divisional titles and two world championships. He even was voted all-pro after playing defensive end in 1952.
In nine seasons, "The Golden Greek" missed just one game. He had great hands, a fullback's punishing mentality, and uncanny timing.
"I try to get position on my opponent without him knowing it," Pihos told The Inquirer in 1955. "I always watch my opponent's feet. When he crosses them or makes a definite commitment, that's when I make my move. I'll do whatever maneuvering necessary to reach the spot where the pass is to come."
When he retired, Pihos owned virtually every Eagles receiving record, and his name remains etched in the Eagles' record book. Only Harold Carmichael and Pete Retzlaff caught more passes than Pihos, who finished with 373 receptions for 5,619 yards and 61 TDs in 107 games. Only Chuck Bednarik (eight) and Reggie White (seven) played in more consecutive Pro Bowls than Pihos (six).
Perhaps Pihos's biggest moment was catching the game-winning pass in the 1949 title game, but he ended his career in stellar fashion, too. In his home finale, Pihos broke his single-game record with 10 catches against the Chicago Cardinals. The next game, his last ever, Pihos caught 11 passes.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted Pihos in 1970.- Ashley Fox
Pete Pihos Eagles Honor Roll:
Position: Two-way end
With Eagles: 1947-55
NFL Championships: He made the game-winning catch in the 1949 championship victory over the Rams.
Records: Pihos led the NFL three consecutive seasons in receptions; was a six-time Pro Bowler and six-time all-pro; and had 373 receptions (third in team history) for 5,619 yards and 61 touchdowns during his career.
Hall of Fame: 1970