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Browns mourn Hampton's passing

Posted Jul 14, 2011

Bill Hampton Jr., former Browns vice president of operations, passed away Wednesday evening in Los Angeles.

The Browns are saddened by the passing of Bill Hampton Jr., former vice president of operations for the team.

Hampton, 51, died unexpectedly Wednesday after attending the ESPY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. He is survived by his son, Jack.

Hampton spent eight years with the Browns, from 1999-2006, and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the training facility in Berea and coordination of training camp. He was also in charge of coordinating schedules and all team-related activities.

After leaving the Browns staff in 2006, he took over as senior director of Pro Leagues for Under Armour.

Hampton grew up in the National Football League and started his career in the business with his father, Bill Sr., who was the New York Jets’ equipment manager for more than 40 years. Bill Jr.’s brother, Clay, works for the Jets and his younger brother, Drew, is the equipment manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hampton left the Jets in 1994 and worked with the NFL as the director of Pro Line Operations with NFL Properties until 1998. In that position, he developed merchandising opportunities for NFL sideline apparel and implementing marketing strategies for the NFL Coaches Club and key player relations.

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