Former NFL player PATRICK KERNEY has been named NFL Vice President of Player Benefits and NFL Legends Operations, the National Football League announced today.
Kerney is a Pro Bowl defensive end for both the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks with a career spanning 11 years. He was drafted by the Falcons as a first-round pick in 1999 and later signed with the Seahawks in 2007.
Kerney retired in 2010 and earned his MBA in Finance from Columbia University in 2012. He then founded his own consulting firm focused on providing financial advice to current and former NFL players.
In his role with NFL Player Engagement, Kerney will oversee Player Benefits and the operations of the Legends Program, which launched July 2013 to connect former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the NFL. He will assist current and former players in leveraging their NFL playing experience into long-term opportunities.
“Patrick’s passion, knowledge and experience serve as a strategic addition to our team as we further strengthen our commitment to preserving our game, protecting our brand and developing our future,” says TROY VINCENT, NFL senior vice president of Player Engagement. “Patrick is an example of how NFL players can successfully transition from the game to the workplace as he brings his on-field leadership and advanced studies to serve our Legends community.”
“I am excited about the challenge to add value to the NFL and, in particular, Player Engagement. Player Engagement is aligned with my professional goals, which made the decision to join the team an easy one,” says Kerney. “I look forward to pursuing new and creative ways to help aspiring, current and former players leverage football and their NFL careers into long-term positive experiences in all facets of their lives.”
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