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Former longtime CFL executive J.I. Albrecht has died at the age of 77.

He died Tuesday at a Toronto nursing home, according to his son Dean.

"He hasn't been well for a couple of years," said Dean Albrecht. "He didn't have any giddy up so it was difficult for him to do anything and he was so active before."

Albrecht, who suffered a stroke in 2002, had front-office stints with the Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders and expansion Shreveport Pirates.

His 50-year football career also included time in the NFL and NCAA.

Known for his keen eye for talent, Albrecht was responsible for bringing Marv Levy in to coach the Montreal Alouettes in the 1970s and acquiring such star Als players as Heisman Trophy-winning receiver Johnny Rodgers, former CFL commissioner Larry Smith and B.C. Lions coach and GM Wally Buono.

During his second stint with the Argos in 2000, Albrecht named star slotback Mike (Pinball) Clemons as the team's head coach. Clemons made CFL history in '04 when he became the first black head coach to win a Grey Cup.

In addition to his failing health in recent years, Albrecht also endured personal tragedy as his oldest son Rod committed suicide during Christmas in 2006. Two years ago his second wife Kathryn - they were separated - died of cervical cancer.

The funeral is set for Friday.

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