Pete Retzlaff, Five-Time Pro Bowl Tight End and Philadelphia Eagles Icon, Dies in Pottstown at 88

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Pete Retzlaff, a five-time Pro Bowl tight end and a Philadelphia Eagles icon who played on the 1960 championship team, died on April 10 in Pottstown at age 88. Image via Philadelphia Eagles.

Pete Retzlaff, a five-time Pro Bowl tight end and a Philadelphia Eagles icon who played on the 1960 championship team, died on April 10 in Pottstown at age 88, writes Bob Grotz for the Daily Times.

Retzlaff died of natural causes.

“Pete was a revolutionary tight end and one of the most productive players in the history of our franchise,” said Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie. “His number 44 was retired after he established numerous receiving records over his 11-year career.”

That made him one of only eight Eagles players to have had their numbers retired.

In the 1953 draft, Detroit Lions took Retzlaff off the board in the 22nd round. After never playing a down for the Lions, Philadelphia Eagles purchased the rights to him, making it one of the best acquisitions the team has ever made.

He led the team in most receiving categories from 1956-66, ending with 453 catches for 7,412 yards and 47 touchdowns. He was also all-pro twice.

“He stayed connected with the team and the city of Philadelphia for many years after his retirement,” said Lurie.

Read more about Pete Retzlaff at the Daily Times by clicking here.

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