Friday, April 11, 2008

Ex-Eagle Pellegrini passes away

The Philadelphia Eagles today announced that former linebacker Bob Pellegrini passed away today at his home in Marmora, NJ, at the age of 73.

A first round draft choice of the Eagles in 1956, Pellegrini played in 59 games for Philadelphia in 1956 and from 1958-1961 and was a member of their 1960 NFL Championship squad. In 1957, he served in the U.S. Army. Pellegrini was traded to Washington in 1962 and spent four seasons with the Redskins (1962-65). He recorded 13 interceptions in his nine-year NFL career.

Following his playing career, Pellegrini served as a linebackers coach with the Miami Dolphins from 1966-67. A long-time resident of Ocean City, NJ, he recently relocated to Marmora.

A native of Williamsport, PA, Pellegrini attended Shannock Valley High School before enjoying an outstanding career at the University of Maryland, where he was a member of the Terps 1953 championship team. In 1955, he earned All-America honors as a center and was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on November 7th of that year. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.

Pellegrini is survived by his wife, Dolly, three children, Pamela, Michael and Robert, and three grandchildren.

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