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Dave Pivec, former NFL tight end and founder of Pivec Advertising, dies at 80

by | May 16, 2024

Dave Pivec, a Baltimore native renowned for his athletic prowess and entrepreneurial spirit, died on May 11 at age 80.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, he was named an All-American in football during his senior year at Patterson Park High School. Notably, Pivec held the record for scoring 44 points in a single game against Carver, a feat that remained unmatched for years.

Pivec was offered a full scholarship to the University of Notre Dame for football, taking him to Terre Haute, Indiana. He played three years under coach Hugh Devore before leaving for the Canadian Football League to support his growing family. He graduated from Notre Dame during the off-season.

After two years in the CFL, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears. During spring training, he was traded to the LA Rams, where he played for three years. He finished his NFL career with the Denver Broncos after another trade.

Beyond his athletic achievements, Pivec found success in the world of advertising, a field where he demonstrated the same tenacity and skill that defined his sports career. He joined forces with his brother Bob at Pivec Advertising, an automotive advertising agency, where he played a pivotal role in managing the Toyota account. Dave’s dedication and expertise eventually led him to found his own agency, Pivec Advertising, Ltd., specializing in serving the Toyota account for over 30 years.


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Jeffrey Davis

Jeffrey A. Davis, APR has more than 25 years of news media and national public relations experience and heads J. Davis Public Relations, LLC, a PR and social media consultancy. A three-time PRSA Maryland president, he serves as Maryland regional editor for the Capitol Communicator and is co-founder of Podville Media in D.C. where he co-hosted the "Practically Social" podcast. Jeff is the regional representative of the national Public Relations Consultants Group (PRCG). He began his career as a reporter at daily newspapers in Ohio, New Jersey and at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.


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