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Pennsylvania High School Dedicates its Field to Hall of Fame Receiver Fred Biletnikoff

Erie High School is naming its new football field after one of its most famous alumni — Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff.

The $6 million renovation broke ground last week and will transform Erie High School's football stadium into a modern, multi-sport athletic facility. 

Biletnikoff and his wife Angela participated in the groundbreaking ceremony. Biletnikoff was born in Erie, PA in 1943 and played at Tech Memorial, now called Erie High. In addition to football, he played baseball and basketball, plus was a member of the school’s track team.

After high school, Biletnikoff played at Florida State University, was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, and became one of the most prolific wide receivers of the 1960s and 70s. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection, led the league in receptions in 1971, and was named MVP of Super Bowl XI. 

Biletnikoff is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. The Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the best receiver in college football, is named after him. 

After his playing days, Biletnikoff turned to coaching. From 1988 through 2007, he served as a receivers coach with the Raiders.

Bieltnikoff, now 80 years old, said, "To have my name on this field, to become part of this school and Erie sports history, it means a lot to me."

Photo: AP/D. Ross Cameron


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