NFL Team Executive Reportedly Died On Tuesday

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Former NFL executive Jerry Vainisi,passed away this week. 

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He was 80 years old.

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He was known for his run with the Chicago Bears.

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Vainisi was the general manager of the Bears when they won the Super Bowl in 1986.

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Eventually, the Bears moved on from Vainisi because he was at odds with chief executive officer Michael McCaskey.

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It didn't take him long to find a new gig though.

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In 1987, the Detroit Lions hired Vainisi as their vice president of player personnel. 

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During his time in Detroit, Vainisi helped create the World League of American Football, now known as NFL Europe.

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Vainisi is survived by friend Doris L. Vainisi, five children and 14 grandchildren. 

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Ted Phillips, the president of the Bears, released a statement on the Vainisi's passing. 

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"My thoughts and prayers are with him and his entire family."

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"I will always appreciate the few years I spent with Jerry

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and am forever grateful for his decision to hire me as the Bears controller in 1983,

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which started my 40-year career with the Bears," Phillips said in a statement. 

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