Aug. 16, 2011
Former Hoosier All-American end and fullback Pete Pihos passed away at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday morning in Winston-Salem, N.C., after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 87 years old.
Pihos became the second IU football product to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 1966. After helping Indiana set national records on offense in 1943, he returned from a stint in the Army to lead the Hoosiers in scoring during their Big Ten Championship season of 1945. One year later, Pihos was named the team's Most Valuable Player while shattering previous school records for touchdowns, total points and receptions.
The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Pihos after his Hoosier career. An integral member of the Eagles' 1948 and 1949 championship teams, he played with the team from 1947-55. Pihos enjoyed a career that included six trips to the Pro Bowl and three straight years leading the NFL in receptions. In 1970, he was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
A native of Orlando, Fla., Pihos is survived by his ex-wife, Donna Pihos, who has been his caretaker for the past twelve years, their daughter, Melissa Pihos and children from a previous marriage: son, Peter Pihos, Jr. (wife Terry), daughters Nikki Pihos Walker and Lisa-Anne Pihos Mann, and stepson John Wesley Poole (wife Alexis Poole). He was also a grandfather of eight: Christina Pihos, Heather Watson, John Walter Mann IV, Sean Bater, Taylor Maggie Watson, Travis Watson, Camberleigh Bull and Chris Bull.