Obituary: William Pilconis / Former tight end for Pitt football team

May 3, 1949 - Jan. 11, 2014

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Former University of Pittsburgh tight end Bill Pilconis, best known for catching the winning touchdown in the Panthers' 1970 victory against West Virginia, died Jan. 11.

The body of Mr. Pilconis, 64, of Pottsville was found in the parking lot of a Pennsylvania State Police barracks in West Mahanoy. According to the Scranton Shamrock-Times, the Schuylkill County coroner's office ruled his death a suicide.

Mr. Pilconis was a senior in 1970 when Pitt played the Mountaineers on Oct. 17 at Pitt Stadium. The Panthers trailed 35-8 at halftime, but stormed back in the second half to win 36-35. Mr. Pilconis scored the winning touchdown with 55 seconds left on a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dave Havern.

Mr. Pilconis was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1971 NFL Draft. After football, he went on to a career in the insurance industry.

Mr. Pilconis is survived by his wife, Joanne Flannery; sons Ryan and Steven; and daughter, Lauren.

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