Pete Retzlaff

Pete Retzlaff
No. 44
Position: Halfback / split end / tight end
Personal information
Born: (1931-08-21) August 21, 1931
Career information
High school: Ellendale (ND)
College: South Dakota State
NFL Draft: 1953 / Round: 22 / Pick: 265
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 452
Receiving yards: 7,412
Touchdowns: 47
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Palmer Edward "Pete" Retzlaff, nicknamed "Pistol Pete" and "The Baron", (born August 21, 1931) is a former professional American football player and general manager.

Early life

Retzlaff played football at Ellendale High School in Ellendale, North Dakota and he starred in track and field and football at South Dakota State College. In 1952, he rushed for 1,016 yards.

Pro-football career

He was selected in the 1953 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions of the National Football League but he did not make the team. After two years in the army he was sold to the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played running back, wide receiver and tight end for 11 seasons. In 1958, despite having never caught a pass in college, he led the NFL with 56 pass receptions. He went to the Pro Bowl five times, and he 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. In 2005, he was named to the Professional Football Researchers Association Hall of Very Good in the association's third HOVG class.[1]

From 1969 to 1972, he served as the Eagles' vice president and general manager. In 1973 and 1974, he worked as a color analyst for NFL coverage on CBS television.

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


  1. "Hall of Very Good". Retrieved July 14, 2016.
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