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Michael Wright, a University of Minnesota football star turned lawyer who became CEO of wholesaler Supervalu in 1981, has passed away.  He was 81, and died of complications from pneumonia.

The <i>Star Tribune</i> writes that Wright was CEO of Supervalu "until 2000 and oversaw an acquisition spree that built Supervalu to $20 billion in annual revenue. It was the nation’s largest food distributor at that time and the tenth-largest retail grocer, with Cub Foods as its flagship."