The Greatest Series: Football Player No. 9

Here is the No. 9 player in Indiana football history as part of The Greatest series from The No. 9 player is one of five IU players who have been inducted into the college football Hall of Fame. He is also enshrined in the pro football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Each day, has a new installment in “The Greatest” series that will chronicle some of the top players, teams and performances in Indiana football and basketball history.

The first two top 10 countdowns were basketball topics: the top 10 performances and the top 10 last second shots of all time. In this countdown, we look at the top 10 IU football players of all-time. James Hardy was No. 10 yesterday and here is No. 9.


Indiana football has five players and one coach who have been inducted into the college football Hall of Fame.

Pete Pihos is in that company.

Pihos was named an first team all American twice – at two different positions.

In 1943, Pihos earned All-American honors at end after he caught 19 passes for 262 yards. His team that season set national records on offense. After a stint in the war, Pihos came back was named an All-American in 1945 as a fullback.

When he was inducted into the college football Hall of Fame in 1966, he became the first IU player to make it there. An IU coach, Bo McMillin, was inducted into the hall of fame in 1951.

In 1945, he returned to lead IU in scoring with eight touchdowns for 48 points in their Big Ten championship season. The following year he repeated that feat, scoring eight more touchdowns for the Hoosiers.

After college, Pihos was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles where he played from 1947-55. He made six trips to the Pro Bowl and three years in a row lead the NFL in receptions.

In 1970, he was inducted into the professional football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Stay tuned for the No. 8 player tomorrow in’s The Greatest Series in IU history.

No. 10 James Hardy

No. 9 Pete Pihos

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