Pete Elliot, former executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame has died at the age of 86, the Associated Press reports.
Elliott was the longest-tenured director in the history of the museum, holding the position from 1979 to 1996, after which he served as a member of the board of trustees.
Current President and Executive Director of the Hall of Fame, Steve Perry, issued the following statement:
“Pete was beloved by the entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family, including the staff, board of trustees and the Hall of Fame members. He was a kind and thoughtful person and an inspiration to us all.”
Prior to his Hall of Fame duties, Elliott coached the Illinois Fighting Illini, leading the team to the Rose Bowl in 1964. He was an All-American quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines in 1948.