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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Pete Pihos, American Hall of Fame football player (Philadelphia Eagles), died from Alzheimer's disease at 87.

Peter Louis Pihos  was a professional American football player in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles.[1] He was a high school junior when his mother moved the family to Chicago. His father was a murder victim, and when a suspect was acquitted, Pete decided to become a lawyer. He was just one semester short of a law degree when he became disenchanted with the idea.














(October 22, 1923 – August 16, 2011)

College career

Pihos was an All-American at Indiana University, as a defensive end.

Professional career

Pihos was drafted in the 5th round of the 1945 NFL Draft by the Eagles, but two years of military service prevented him from joining the team until 1947. 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.
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.

Death

Pihos died at age 87 after succumbing to Alzheimer's disease.[1]

Films

The documentary short Dear Dad by his daughter Melissa Pihos [2] explores the effects of Alzheimer’s by juxtaposing photos and footage from his days as a player for the Philadelphia Eagles with images of him as he fights the disease. A feature-length documentary Pihos: A Life in Five Movements is shooting and editing throughout 2011 and 2012.[3] Melissa Pihos also created PIHOS: A Moving Biography in March 2011. Through film and dance, she explores aspects of her father's life and his struggle with Alzheimer's disease through film and dance. She hopes to tour the production to various cities as an Alzheimer's fundraiser while creating awareness to such a devastating disease.

 

 

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