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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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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Roger Goodell: We are making significant progress on player health and safety matters and that is reflected in the work that is being done.
As you know, a couple of years ago I asked Dr. York to chair our committee on all of our medical efforts. We have close to 15 committees or subcommittees throughout the league that are focusing on various medical initiatives. That needs to be coordinated. It is a difficult and very broad and important job. Dr. York has a committee that is actually meeting shortly, in a few minutes, to continue that work. It has been incredibly effective for us as a league to make sure all of those dots are connected and we are working cohesively across those different committees. I am thankful for his time, effort and expertise because he is our only physician in the NFL on the ownership level. He has done a terrific job.
Jeff Miller is our senior vice president of health and safety policy. Health and safety is his sole focus. He reports to me. He is working on all of our various initiatives, whether it is NIH, or the GE initiative. He is focused on that work. He is also focused on working with our partners on youth football. All of that effort is very important to us and Jeff is doing a terrific job.
Rich [McKay] is the chair of our Competition Committee, dealing with rules and how we are conducting our games. Rich has been instrumental in that, not just through the Competition Committee but also as president of a club.
This is something that we are happy to take questions on to make sure you all understand everything that is in this annual NFL Health and Safety report. It is another effort for us to be transparent in our work to continually make this game safer. We do believe that this game is better and safer than it has ever been.