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For the Canadian Anglican priest, see Peter Elliott. For the middle distance runner, see Peter Elliott (athlete).

Peter R. "Pete" Elliott was the former college football player and head football coach at several colleges. He was an All American quarterback on the undefeated 1948 Michigan Wolverines football team that won a National Championship. Elliott coached at the University of Nebraska, University of California, University of Illinois and University of Miami. Elliott was also a standout basketball player who was first-team All-Big Ten in 1948 and second-team All-Big Ten in 1949 as well as team MVP in 1948.[1] The 1948 team finished third in the eastern region of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.[1]

Elliott played football at the University of Michigan with his brother Bump, who also became a well known college coach. In 1956, he took the head coaching job at Nebraska, lasting one year with a record of 4-6. The next year, he took over at California, where he remained until 1959 with a compiled record of 10-21. He took CAL to their last Rose Bowl January 1, 1959 losing to Iowa. In 1960, he took over for Ray Eliot at Illinois and was at the school until 1966. With the Illini, his record was 31-34-1. In 1973, Elliott took over at Miami, where he would last two years and compile an 11-11 record. He also served as Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame from 1979-1995 and currently serves on its Board of Trustees.

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Pete Elliott was the only Michigan athlete to have earned 12 letters in varsity sports: football, basketball, and golf.


  1. ^ a b Michigan Basketball 2007-08 (media guide).  

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bill Glassford
Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Coaches
Succeeded by
Bill Jennings
Preceded by
Pappy Waldorf
California Golden Bears Football Coaches
Succeeded by
Marv Levy
Preceded by
Ray Eliot
Illinois Fighting Illini Football Coaches
Succeeded by
Jim Valek
Preceded by
Fran Curci
Miami Hurricanes Football Coaches
Succeeded by
Carl Selmer


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