Pete Retzlaff Biography – Pete Retzlaff Wiki
Pete Retzlaff was a professional American football player and general manager. He played football at Ellendale High School in Ellendale, North Dakota and he starred in track and field and football at South Dakota State College.
He was selected in the 1953 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions but didn’t make the team. After two years in the army, the Lions sold Retzlaff’s contract to the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the 1956 season. At Philadelphia, he played running back, wide receiver and tight end for 11 seasons. He spent his entire 11-year playing career with the Eagles from 1956-66. He earned five Pro Bowl selections and was named to the All-Pro first team in 1958 and 1965.
After his NFL career, he worked as a sports broadcaster with WCAU. He then spent 1969 through 1972 as the Eagles’ general manager. After that he worked in TV production and also operated a cattle ranch in Texas.
The Eagles inducted Retzlaff into their Hall of Fame in 1989. He is one of nine players to have his jersey retired by the franchise:
Pete Retzlaff Age
Pete Retzlaff was born on August 21, 1931. He died on April 10, 2020, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. He was 88 years old.
Pete Retzlaff Wife
Pete Retzlaff was married to his wife Patty Retzlaff for 66 years.
Pete Retzlaff Children
Pete Retzlaff had four children, Kris Schroeder, Daniene Skean, and Carol Moser, and Jim.
Pete Retzlaff Family
Pete Retzlaff is survived by his wife, Patty, four children – daughters Kris Schroeder (husband George), Daniene Skean (husband Samuel), and Carol Moser (husband Dale), and one son, Jim – 10 grandchildren (Rebecca Carr, Laurie Price, Emily Jones, Matt Schroeder, Billy Moser, Kacy Brobst, Erin Moser, Benjamin Skean, Maddy Moser, and Colin Retzlaff), and 12 great-grandchildren.
Pete Retzlaff Death
Pete Retzlaff died in Pottstown, Pennsylvania on Friday, April 10, 2020, at the age of 88, due to natural causes. Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement:
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Eagles Hall of Famer Pete Retzlaff. Pete was a revolutionary tight end and one of the most productive players in the history of our franchise. He was a five-time Pro Bowler, a key contributor on our 1960 Championship team, and of course his number 44 was retired after he established numerous receiving records over his 11-year career. But Pete’s legacy goes far beyond the success he was able to achieve on the field. He gave so much to this organization and to our sport as a player, general manager, broadcaster, and leader of the NFLPA.
“He stayed connected with the team and the city of Philadelphia for many years after his retirement. I had the pleasure of spending time with Pete over the years and I will always remember him as a true gentleman who was kind and genuine and who connected so well with others. On behalf of the organization, our thoughts are with Pete’s family and friends as we mourn the passing of an Eagles legend.”
The Retzlaff family said in a statement: “Pete was proud to have played his entire career in Philadelphia. Our family can’t thank the Eagles and the wonderful fans enough for their support that bolstered his playing years and beyond. Pete set lofty goals for himself. He believed in hard work, honesty, and always giving 100 percent effort. Throughout his life, he believed in giving back to the community as a thank you for what they gave to him. Thank you to all of Philadelphia.”
Retzlaff became the third notable former Eagles player to died in April 2020. Tom Dempsey died on April 4, 2020, at the age of 73 due to coronavirus complications. Eagles Hall of Fame running back and returner Timmy Brown died on April 4, 2020, at the age of 82.
Pete Retzlaff Cause of Death
Pete Retzlaff died of natural causes.