Former Eagles OL George Savitsky passed away on Sept. 4, the team announced Thursday, because of complications stemming from pneumonia. He was 88.
Savitsky spent two seasons as an offensive tackle from 1948-49, playing in 24 games and helping the Eagles win back-to-back NFL titles. He was also part of an offensive line that blocked for Hall of Fame RB Steve Van Buren, who posted career-highs in attempts (263) and yards (1,146) in 1949 with Savitsky playing tackle.
Drafted in the fifth round by Philadelphia in the 1947 draft, Savitsky was an All-American at the University of Pennsylvania.
Following his playing career, Savitsky became a dentist after studying at Penn’s School of Dental Medicine with the money he saved during his playing career. Later, he would become a doctor of dental surgery, and later an oral surgeon.