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Pete Hadhazy, 62, ex-Patriots official

NEW YORK -- Pete Hadhazy, a former assistant general manager of the New England Patriots and a longtime league executive, died Monday after a brief illness, the NFL said. He was 62.

Mr. Hadhazy, who began his career with the NFL as a college student in 1961, became assistant general manager of the New England Patriots 10 years later.

In 1976, he was hired as general manager of the Cleveland Browns.

He returned to the NFL office in 1981, then worked as director of operations for the now-defunct USFL.

Mr. Hadhazy also served as a general manager in the World League of American Football until rejoining the NFL in 1994.

At the time of his death, he was the NFL's director of game operations.

Mr. Hadhazy leaves his wife, Rita; two daughters, Andrea and Deana; a son, James; and three brothers, Paul, George, and Bill.

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