Ex-NFL player chosen to be next Pittsburgh schools head

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Officials say a former professional football player has been tapped to be the next superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools.

City school directors voted Wednesday evening to offer a five-year contract to Anthony Hamlet.

Hamlet had been the director of accountability transformation in the School District of Palm Beach in Florida since June 2014.

His resume states he oversaw 20 low-performing schools and managed budgets totaling more than $128 million.

Hamlet was a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts in the early 1990s. He later played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League.

Hamlet has received five principal of the year awards.

Pittsburgh's teachers union says Hamlet brings a wealth and diversity of experience.

Current Superintendent Linda Lane retires on June 30.