Long Beach native and longtime sports executive Jack Teele passed away Wednesday night at the age of 87.
Teele was a sportswriter at the Independent Press-Telegram for 10 years and then spent 33 years in the front offices around the National Football League, including 21 years with the Los Angeles Rams, where he rose to the rank of vice president of administration.
Teele was a long-familiar face in Long Beach sports, an influential pro-sports decision-maker and one of a handful of NFL employees who coordinated the first Super Bowl — at the time called simply the NFL-AFL World Championship Game, long before it became the nation’s most important sporting event.
“He was one of the truly good guys,” said longtime Press-Telegram sports editor Jim McCormack. “Jack was a special part of the Independent Press-Telegram before I got there and he was exceptional in his duties in the NFL.”
“My dad was a Long Beach legend,” said Lisa Owen, one of Teele’s two daughters. “He loved everything about Long Beach and had a passion for sports of all kinds, especially football.”
“He always had time for me and my sister, Dana,” she added. “He was the best dad of all time — a genuine, loving person.”
In addition to his duties with the Rams, Teele became a senior front-office member of the Chargers and was CEO of the Barcelona Dragons during the NFL’s European expansion.
Teele was written up in the Press-Telegram for being one of the first students to attend all levels of education in the city, having graduated from Garfield Elementary, Washington Junior High, Long Beach Poly, Long Beach City…
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