Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Bill Fralic

Bill Fralic


  • Position: Tackle
  • School: Pittsburgh
  • High School: Pittsburgh, PA (Penn Hills HS)
  • Years: 1981-1984
  • Inducted: 1999
  • Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Date of Birth: Oct 31, 1962
  • Jersey Number: 79
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 285

Member Biography

Bill Fralic was a 4-year starter at tackle on offense for Pittsburgh 1981-84. He was three-time All-America 1982-84, and was a unanimous choice the last two years. He was eighth in the Heisman Trophy vote in 1983 and sixth in 1984. In both years he was the highest ranking interior lineman. Pitt's record was 31-14-2 in his time. By years the team was 11-1, 9-3, 8-3-1, and 3-7-1. In the Associated Press national poll, Pitt ranked second in 1981, ninth in 1982, and twelfth in 1983. The Panthers played in three straight bowls--the Sugar, Cotton, and Fiesta Bowls. Fralic played one year for Jackie Sherrill in 1981 and three years under Foge Fazio. He was co-captain in 1984. Pitt retired his jersey, Number 79. CBS named him Player of the Game in 1983 after the Notre Dame game. The Sporting News in 1984 had Fralic on the cover of its football preseason issue. Fralic stood 6'5" and weighed in at 285 in his playing days. He played pro football with Atlanta and Detroit from 1985 to 1993. Fralic was born October 31, 1962. He attended Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh. Two older brothers, Mike and Joe, played college football. After his football days, Fralic went into the insurance business. He formed the Fralic Foundation, which raises funds for youth groups in Pittsburgh. The centerpiece of the foundation is the annual Fralic Celebrity Golf Classic.
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