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NFL official Peter Hadhazy dies

NEW YORK (April 3, 2006) -- Peter Hadhazy, a former general manager of the Cleveland Browns and a longtime NFL official, died April 3 after a brief illness, the league said. He was 62.

Hadhazy, who began his career with the NFL as a college student in 1961, left 10 years later to become assistant general manager of the New England Patriots and was hired as general manager of the Browns in 1976.

He returned to the NFL office in 1981, then worked for the USFL from 1982-86. He 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.

He is survived by his wife Rita, two daughters, Andrea and Deana, and a son, James.

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