Peter Hadhazy

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Pete Hadhazy
Peter Hadhazy

(1944-02-09)February 9, 1944
Debrecen, Hungary
DiedApril 3, 2006(2006-04-03) (aged 62)
New York City, United States
OccupationSports team executive
Years active1976-2006, his death
Spouse(s)Rita, ?-2006 (his death)
Children3, daughters Deana and Andrea, son James

Peter Hadhazy (Hungarian: Hadházy Péter; February 9, 1944 – April 3, 2006), was an American football executive, who served as the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns from 1976 to 1981 and also as an executive for the National Football League, the short-lived United States Football League and the World League of American Football.

Born in Debrecen, Hungary, Hadhazy moved to the US with his parents during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.[1] He joined the NFL as a part-time employee in high school,[2] and attended Iona College on a tennis scholarship. He was hired by the league office after graduation and became its Director of Player Personnel in 1969.

In July 1971, Hadhazy became Administrative Assistant to Upton Bell, general manager of the New England Patriots. He was later promoted to Assistant General Manager.[3] The Browns hired him as Executive Vice President before the start of the 1976 season and added the title of General Manager in 1977.[4]

Hadhazy left the Browns to return to the NFL office after the 1980 season ended. He joined the USFL in 1982 and served as its Director of Operations until the league folded in 1986.[5]

After the USFL folded, Hadhazy returned to the NFL, where he served in numerous capacities. He served as a general manager [6] of the Ohio Glory in the World League from 1991–92,[7] as the labor operations director for the league's Management Council [8] and, at the time of his death, the NFL's director of game operations.[9]


Hadhazy died in New York City after a brief illness at the age of 62. He was survived by his wife, Rita, two daughters, Andrea and Deana, and a son, James.[10]


  1. ^ Vecsey, Peter (2009-01-04). "Legendary Journalist Set This Rebel Straight | New York Post". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  2. ^ "Peter Hadhazy" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  3. ^ Robert H. Boyle (1971-10-18). "They are flushed with success—on the field, where they – 10.18.71 – SI Vault". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  4. ^ Tales from the Browns Sideline – Tony Grossi – Google Books. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  5. ^ "Hadhazy, former NFL official and Browns GM, dies – NFL – ESPN". 2006-04-03. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  6. ^ "Little Gets Glory Job In Wlaf – Orlando Sentinel". 1992-01-22. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  7. ^ "One-Year Wonders at Fun While It Lasted". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  8. ^ Gerald Eskenazi (1995-01-08). "PRO FOOTBALL; Jets Say Steinberg and Co. Will Stay On – New York Times". Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  9. ^ "Pete Hadhazy, 62, ex-Patriots official – The Boston Globe". Associated Press. 2006-04-07. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  10. ^ "NFL official Peter Hadhazy dies". 2006-04-12. Retrieved 2014-05-22.

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