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Pete Mandley
No. 82, 89
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1961-07-29) July 29, 1961 (age 62)
Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
College:Northern Arizona
NFL Draft:1984 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:2,370
Receiving TDs:12
Return yards:2,141
Return TDs:2

William "Pete" H. Mandley (born July 29, 1961 in Mesa, Arizona), is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 2nd round of the 1984 NFL Draft. A 5'10" 191 lbs. wide receiver from Northern Arizona, Mandley played in 7 NFL seasons from 1984–1990. His best year as a pro came during the 1987 season for the Lions when he caught 58 receptions for 720 yards and 7 touchdowns.

On August 16, 1987, Mandley and his family were supposed to be on Northwest Airlines Flight 255 from Detroit to Phoenix when his daughter had taken ill. He cancelled his reservation and decided that he and his family would stay in Detroit an extra day. He later learned that the flight had crashed on takeoff killing all but one on board.[1]


  1. ^ "Football Player's Family Skips Flight". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. 1987-08-18. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-02-22.