Pete Axthelm

Pete Axthelm, 47, a football commentator for ESPN and sports reporter for magazines, died Feb. 2 in Pittsburgh of liver failure. He was awaiting a liver transplant.

Axthelm, who joined ESPN in 1987, provided commentary and predictions on National Football League games on “NFL Game Day” and “NFL Primetime.” He also covered horse racing. He was part of NBC’s NFL coverage team from 1980 until 1985.

Axthelm, a 1965 graduate of Yale. U., worked at Sports Illustrated, at Newsweek from 1968 to 1988 and later at People.

Survived by his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Megan.

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