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Pete Retzlaff
Position(s)
RB/WR/TE
Jersey #(s)
44
Born August 21, 1931 (1931-08-21) (age 78)
Career information
Year(s) 19561966
NFL Draft 1953 / Round: 22 / Pick: 265
(By the Detroit Lions)
College South Dakota State
Professional teams
Career stats
Receptions 452
Receiving yards 7,412
Touchdowns 47
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards

Palmer Edward "Pete" Retzlaff (born August 21, 1931 in Ellendale, North Dakota) is a former professional American football player and general manager.

Retzlaff, nicknamed "Pistol Pete" and "The Baron", played football at Ellendale High School in Ellendale, North Dakota and starred in track and field and football at South Dakota State College. 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, and won the Bert Bell Award for NFL player of the year in 1965, when he caught 66 passes including 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.

Retzlaff's number 44 jersey has been retired by the Eagles.

References

Preceded by
Bill Howton
NFLPA President
January 4, 1962–January 5, 1964
Succeeded by
Ordell Braase
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