Pete Elliot, Football Hall of Fame Director, Dead at 86

The former executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame has passed away at the age of 86. Pete Elliott, who held the executive director position between 1979 and 1996, was the director with the longest tenure on record at the sports museum.

According to reports, following his resignation as executive director, Elliott continued his relationship with the Hall of Fame by serving as a member of the board of directors.

Throughout his tenure as executive director, Elliott upheld the Hall of Fame’s ongoing mission to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of football in addition to helping preserve numerous artifacts and historical documents pertaining to the gridiron sport.

Current Hall of Fame President and Executive Director Steve Perry praised Elliott for inspiring everyone he came into contact with and remembered him as a thoughtful and kind professional.

“Pete was beloved by the entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family, including the staff, board of trustees and the Hall of Fame members,” Perry said. “He was a kind and thoughtful person and an inspiration to us all.”

Elliott was involved in professional sports his entire career, including stints as both player and coach.

According to the Washington Times, he was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.