Pete Retzlaff--one my early football heroes.
From 1956 to 1966, he played in 132 games. He caught 452 passes for 7,412 yards (16.4 average) and 47 touchdowns.
Retzlaff starred in track and field and football at South Dakota State. In 1952, he rushed for 1,016 yards.
He was selected in the 1953 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League but did not make the team.
After two years in the army, he was sold to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played at running back, wide receiver, and tight end for eleven seasons.
In 1958, despite never having caught a pass in college, he led the NFL with 56 pass receptions. He went to the Pro Bowl five times.
He won NFL player of the year in 1965, when playing as a TE, he caught 66 passes for 1,160 yards and ten touchdowns.
He also served as president of the NFL Players Association.
From 1969 to 1972, he served as the Eagles' vice president and general manager.
In 1973 and 1974, he worked as a color analyst for NFL coverage on CBS television.
Retzlaff's number 44 jersey has been retired by the Eagles.