We’ve just completed a four part installment about men who served in assistant coach positions during the 2010 NFL season, but are probably more recognizable from their days playing on the field.
Today, we take a look at players who took it a step further and moved into the front office of professional football teams. These players put their playing days behind them and put on a suit.
Whether they’re big name players, fan favorites, or just solid contributors, everyone wonders what happens to some pro football players after they leave their playing days behind them. Some do into announcing or broadcasting, some go into coaching, and some just fade away into other professions or back into private life.
Some players move on to the business side of football and start holding administrative positions in NFL teams. Sometimes they take on these positions with the same teams they played with and sometimes not. Here is a look at what some might find to be familiar names who are now on the administrative side of the game.
Mike Reinfeldt – Tennessee Titans
Mike Reinfeldt played for eight seasons as part of the great Houston Oilers defense of the late 1970’s. He had front office positions in Green Bay and Seattle before returning to the organization in the role of general manager.
Ozzie Newsome – Baltimore Ravens
Ozzie Newsome was a bonafide star tight end for the Cleveland Browns through the late 1970’s and then the 1980’s. He went on to the front office of the team almost immediately and then followed the team to Baltimore when they became the Ravens. He is now the General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Baltimore Ravens.
Lawrence McCutcheon – St. Louis Rams
Lawrence McCutcheon was a Pro Bowl running back for the Los Angeles Rams during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Today, he is the Director of Player Personnel with the St. Louis Rams.
Reggie McKenzie – Green Bay Packers
Reggie McKenzie had a good career with both the Los Angeles Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers. Today he is an executive for one of the most storied franchises in the NFL, the Green Bay Packers, who he serves as the Director of Football Operations.
Louis Riddick – Philadelphia Eagles
Louis Riddick played the bulk of his football career with the Cleveland Browns, although he also saw time with the 49ers, Falcons, Falcons, and Raiders, as well as in the XFL and Canadian Football League. His position in pro football was Safety. He is now the Director of Pro Personnel for the philadelphia Eagles.
Martin Mayhew – Detroit Lions
Martin Mayhew had a very good career as a cornerback in the NFL. He is probably best remembered for his time with the Washington Redskins, though he also played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is now the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Detroit Lions.
Mike Holmgren – Cleveland Browns
Mike Holmgren served as an assistant coach under the great Bill Walsh, but would become famous as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers and later the Seattle Seahawks. After a couple of years out of football, Holmgren would return in the role of the President of the Cleveland Browns.
Judd Garrett – Dallas Cowboys
One of the many football playing Garrett brothers, Judd Garrett played running back in the NFL for the Cowboys and Eagles. He also would see time in the World League of American Football and the Canadian Football League. Today he is the Director of Pro Scouting for the Dallas Cowboys.
Charlie Sanders – Detroit Lions
Charlie Sanders was a great tight end for the Detroit Lions during the 1970’s. He is now the Assistant Director of Pro Personnel for the same team he played for, the Detroit Lions.