CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Pete Elliott, who coached Illinois football from 1960 through 1966, has died. He was 86.
Elliott, a native of Bloomington, was the Big Ten's youngest head coach (33) when he was hired.
He led the Illini to a Big Ten title in 1963 and a Rose Bowl victory in 1964.
While at Illinois, Elliott coached Dick Butkus and Jim Grabowski. He went 31-34-1 with the Illini.
Elliott was the longest-tenured executive director in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's history, serving as the museum’s director from 1979 to 1996, and he continued as a member of the Hall’s board of trustees in his retirement.
“Pete was beloved by the entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family, including the staff, board of trustees and the Hall of Fame members,” president and executive director Steve Perry said. “He was a kind and thoughtful person and an inspiration to us all. We are all better for having had him in our lives.”
Elliott, known for his affable personality, was an All-Americaquarterback at Michigan in the 1940s before a long career in coaching. He was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.