Alvin Ray " Pete " Rozelle ( / roʊˈzɛl /; March 1, 1926 – December 6, 1996) was an American businessman and executive. Rozelle served as the commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) for nearly thirty years, from January 1960 until his retirement in November 1989. He became the youngest commissioner in NFL history at just the age of 33.
Career Highlights. Learn More. During his 30 years as commissioner of the National Football League, Pete Rozelle was recognized as the premier commissioner of all professional sports. A charismatic leader, he guided the league through a period of unprecedented growth. Rozelle was the 33-year-old general manager of the Los Angeles Rams when he left for the annual NFL meetings in January, 1960.
See all related content →. Pete Rozelle, byname of Alvin Ray Rozelle, (born March 1, 1926, South Gate, California, U.S.—died December 6, 1996, Rancho Santa Fe, California), American sports executive who, as commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) from 1960 to 1989, oversaw a period of enormous growth for professional gridiron football. He negotiated lucrative deals with the television networks, doubled the size of the league, and helped to create the Super Bowl.
Pete asked for a $6,000 salary but settled for $5,500. Three years later, Rozelle left the Rams to join an international public relations firm that had been retained to promote and publicize the 1956 Summer Olympics in Australia. But by 1957, Pete was back with the Rams as general manager and this time for a $25,000 salary.
Nicknamed Pete by an uncle, Rozelle grew up in Lynwood, a suburb of Los Angeles, and played basketball and tennis at Compton High School. After graduating, Rozelle served in the Navy,...
From the day he took over as commissioner at age 33, Alvin Ray Rozelle began crafting what would become the business model for all of professional sports, led by the revolutionary belief that professional sports belonged in the same light as big business. In 1960, the league’s 12 franchises were run as standalone businesses.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame is honoring the late John Facenda, a longtime narrator of NFL highlights whose voice became synonymous with the league, with the 2021 Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.
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Pete Rozelle ranks as the most successful executive in the history of American sports. Under Rozelle's management of commissioner, professional American football overtook baseball as America's past-time and television came to maturity as the prime conduit for sports entertainment. When Rozelle took over the NFL as Commissioner in 1960, the league had only 12 teams and was facing competition from the upstart American Football League.