Pete Rozelle

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George Halas (right) with Pete Rozelle (left)

Alwin Jay "Pete" Rozelle (born March 1, 1926 in South Gate , California , † December 6, 1996 in Rancho Santa Fe , California) was an influential American sports official.

Rozelle took over the office of commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), the professional league in American football , in 1960 . Thanks to his skillful management, football has become by far the most popular sport in the United States. Rozelle recognized the importance of television marketing early on and pushed ahead with the merger with rival AFL . During his tenure, the Super Bowl was introduced. Rozelle is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame .

In 1963, Rozelle was named Athlete of the Year by Sports Illustrated magazine in recognition of the expansion of the NFL .

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