CANTON, Ohio — The longest-tenured executive director in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s history died at 86.
Pete Elliott served as the museum’s director from 1979-1996 and continued as a member of the Hall’s board of trustees in his retirement. He also was head football coach at Illinois from 1960-66.
Elliott was an All-American quarterback at Michigan in the 1940s before a long coaching career. He also led Illinois to the 1964 Rose Bowl.
“Pete was beloved by the entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family, including the staff, board of trustees and the Hall of Fame members,” said President and Executive Director Steve Perry, according to the Associated Press.
Perry said Elliot was a kind and thoughtful person and an inspiration to everyone.
Elliot was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.