Philadelphia Eagles legend Pete Retzlaff, 88, passed away on Friday, according to an official announcement from the team.
The 1965 season was taxing on Retzlaff. He played most of the entire season hurt, missing many practices and getting as many as three novocain shots in his heel on game days in order to play. All he did was finish with career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns, earning first team All Pro honors and, in the words of Hall of Famer Raymond Berry, “arguably the best season a tight end ever had.” He received the Bert Bell Award as the Maxwell Club’s player of the year. His 66 catches and 1190 yards were at the time team records and his 23 games with 100 receiving yards is still a team record.
Retzlaff is the third notable former Eagles player to pass away within the span of the last week. Tom Dempsey died last weekend at the age of 73 due to coronavirus complications. Eagles Hall of Fame running back and returner Timmy Brown passed away at the age of 82 on Tuesday.
It’s a sad time. Rest in peace.