January 6, 2012

Reggie McKenzie..... The Man At The Top.....

Well, if you have not yet heard, the Raiders, who have not yet confirmed the hiring, are set to hire the first GM to the Raiders since Al Davis lost his mind and tool complete control of Player Personell. The report of the agreement was  reported by ESPN Thursday night by Adam Schefter, and subsequantly McKenzie confirmed the hiring through text message through ESPN Milwaukee.

So, who is McKenzie you ask..... Well here are some of his details:


With the Raiders: 
  • Chosen by Ron Wolf as a 10th-round pick from Tennessee in 1985, he enjoyed a seven-year playing career as a linebacker, suiting up for the then-Los Angeles Raiders
  • Became an immediate starter and won all-rookie honors.
  • Unfortunately, all records were not really kept as far as tackles were concerned, but he had 3 career sacks and 2 interception which he returned for 35 yards.

Inbetween Raiders/Packers:
  • Spent two injury-plagued seasons (1989-90) with the then-Phoenix Cardinals and one year (1992) with the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Prior to signing with the 49ers, he played with the World League’s Montreal Machine in the spring of 1992. While out of football in 1991, McKenzie spent a season as a defensive coach for Dorsey High School in south central Los Angeles.
  • In 1993, McKenzie returned to Tennessee and served as an assistant under head coach Philip Fulmer. That year, the Volunteers appeared in the Florida Citrus Bowl and landed one of the nation’s top recruiting classes, highlighted by QB Peyton Manning. While back in Knoxville, McKenzie also pursued a master’s degree in education administration

With The Packers:
  • First joined Packers in 1994 as a pro personnel assistant; promoted to director of pro personnel in 1997.
  • Finishing his 25th year in the NFL and had 18th season as a member of the Packers’ personnel department. Since he joined the team’s front office in 1994, Green Bay’s 170 regular-season wins over that period rank tied for third most with Indianapolis, trailing only Pittsburgh (172) and New England (180).
  • Oversees Green Bay’s scouting efforts of all professional football leagues, including the NFL, CFL and Arena Football League, as well as all other pro leagues and international players.
  • Played an integral role in judging the Packers’ current players and evaluating potential free agents across the league.
  • Was heavily involved in all of the team’s moves on a daily basis, including all tryouts and transactions. Provided advance scouting reports on upcoming opponents, working closely with Head Coach Mike McCarthy and his staff.
  • He also contributed to the scouting of college prospects, made school visits in both the fall and spring, and worked in conjunction with the General Manager of the Packers, Ted Thompson, in preparation for the annual draft.
  • Named director – football operations May 27, 2008.
  • During McKenzie’s tenure, the Packers have captured seven division titles, three conference championships and Super Bowls XXXI and XLV

The Personal Side:
  • President of the ‘McKenzie Foundation,’ a non-profit youth foundation in Knoxville.
  • A two-way star as a prep at Austin East High School in Knoxville, was valedictorian of his 1981 graduating class.
  • Born in Knoxville, Tenn., on Feb. 8, 1963, McKenzie earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in personnel management at Tennessee. 
  • McKenzie and his wife, June, a Green Bay attorney, have two daughters, Jasmin, 19, who attends Wheaton College in Illinois and Mahkayla, 17, who will enroll at Duke University in the fall. He also has two sons, Reginald Kahlil, 14, and Jalen Elijah, 12.
It is not yet clear whether McKenzie will take over immediately as he is still under contract with Green Bay. Because they are still in the playoffs, they will need to decide whether or not he is able to leave and at what time.
By the way, his Super Bowl ring was stolen on May 3, 2009. Sucks for him, but maybe with him at the helm for the Raiders, we can bring him a shiny new one for his finger.

What do you think of the hire? Leave me your comments.

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  1. Excellent hire! I can't wait to see what kind of maneuvering he does this offseason.

  2. It is the dawn of a new day in Raider Nation. WELCOME REGGIE McKENZIE

  3. "RaidingTexas said...
    Excellent hire! I can't wait to see what kind of maneuvering he does this offseason."

    Free Agency is where you should watch. Thats really the only opportunity we have. I think we are young enough at most skill positions to not worry about the draft this year. If he can land some key big names for good pricing and rebuild around a solid core, we should have a good chance of making some big noise next year.

  4. "Sonic Raider said...
    It is the dawn of a new day in Raider Nation. WELCOME REGGIE McKENZIE "