Pete Abitante is the Vice President and Special Assistant to the Commissioner of the National Football League, where he's been employed since 1978. He moved into his current role in 2006, shortly after Roger Goodell was selected commissioner. Prior to that, Pete held various positions in the league's public relations department, including AFC Director of Information and Senior Director of International Public Affairs. In that latter role, he traveled the world on behalf of the league, overseeing media relations while helping develop an interest in American football and the NFL. In 1987, Pete met Boomer and Cheryl Esiason in Italy, where Boomer was involved in a football camp. They have been friends ever since. Pete joined the BEF Board of Directors in 2000. A graduate of Washington & Lee University, he lives in northern New Jersey with his wife, Debbie, and their children, George and Elle.