Remembering Pete Rodriguez

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Former Seahawks special teams coach Pete Rodriguez has died due to complications following surgery. He was 74. The family said that Rodriguez died on November 30 and will be buried on December 10. His daughter, Marla, said he died of a rare complication after surgery.

Rodriguez served only as a special teams coach in the NFL, though he was also the assistant head coach to Dennis Erickson in 1998 with the Seahawks. Rodriguez’ NFL career included the Los Angeles Raiders (1988-89), Phoenix Cardinals (1990-93), Washington Redskins (1994-97), Seattle Seahawks (1998-2003) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2004-06). He also coached for two USFL teams (Michigan Panthers – 1983-84, Denver Gold – 1985), and one CFL team (Ottawa Rough Riders – 1987).

He was a two-time special teams coach of the year and was selected by the Dallas Morning News as the top special teams coach of the 1990s.

Rodriguez is survived by his wife, Sherry, and his two daughters, Marla and Gina.