A former college football and NFL star passed away after his battle with cancer. Former Pittsburgh high school and Panthers legend Bill Fralic passed away, the school announced on Friday morning.
Fralic was 56. A standout from Penn Hills, Fralic went to play his college ball for the Pitt Panthers where he was named an All-American during his junior and senior seasons as a star offensive lineman.
Following a tremendous collegiate career, the Atlanta Falcons made Fralic the No. 2 overall pick in the 1985 NFL draft.
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi released a statement about Fralic’s passing.
“Bill Fralic was not only an all-time player at the University of Pittsburgh, but also an all-time human being. His generosity, support and concern for others was unmatched. For as hulking a figure as he was, Billy was even larger in his kindness and passion for others. He leaves a wonderful legacy that goes well beyond football at Pitt, Penn Hills and all of Western Pennsylvania. Our hearts and prayers are with his wife, Susan, and all of his loved ones.”
Fralic earned a laundry list of honors during his illustrious career. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and earned All-Pro twice during his career with the Falcons – along with four Pro Bowl appearances.
Our thoughts are with the Fralic family and Pittsburgh community.