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|Born:||November 8, 1930|
|Died:||January 24, 2007 76)(aged|
|NFL Draft:||1953 / Round: 6 / Pick: 64|
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Paul William Miller Jr. (November 8, 1930 – January 24, 2007) was an American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). He played for the NFL's Los Angeles Rams (1954–1957) and the AFL's Dallas Texans (1960–1961) and San Diego Chargers (1962). He played college football at Louisiana State University.
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Alvin Ray "Pete" Rozelle 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 is credited with making the NFL into one of the most successful sports leagues in the world.
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