Eagles Great Pete Pihos Dead at 87

Hall of Fame receiver Pete Pihos, seen here in 1952, played on the Eagles' 1948 and '49 championship teams. (AP File Photo)

BETHLEHEM -- As the Eagles wrapped up training camp at Lehigh, they announced the passing of one of their all-time greats, Hall of Fame receiver Pete Pihos.

Pihos, 87, died early this morning from Alzheimer's complications in Winston-Salem, N.C. He led the NFL in receptions in 1953, '54 and '55, and went to the Pro Bowl six times in his nine-year career, all of it spent with the Eagles.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the Pihos family for the loss of Pete, who was one of the all-time great Philadelphia Eagles," head coach Andy Reid said. "He was a Hall of Famer, unbelievable person, and a great player."

Pihos played on the Eagles' 1948 and '49 NFL championship teams and caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the '49 title game against the Rams. He is survived by his ex-wife and caretaker, Donna Pihos, by four children, one stepson, and eight grandchildren.

Pihos was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970 and the Eagles Honor Roll in 1987.

Here are the funeral arrangements: Visitation is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hayworth Miller Funeral Home on Silas Creek Parkway in Winston Salem, N.C. The funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. at Bethel United Methodist Church, 2390 Bethel Church Road, in Winston Salem. Both are open to the public.