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NFL Exec VP Joe Browne Switching Roles, Will Remain As Adviser

Joe Browne, The NFL's Longest-Serving
Executive Ever, Is Stepping Down As Exec VP

NFL Exec VP/Communications & Public Affairs JOE BROWNE, the longest-serving executive ever at the NFL, is stepping down, though he will remain with the league in an advisory capacity. He and NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL agreed to the change over the weekend, and he formally notified the commissioner yesterday, according to an internal league memo sent out yesterday. Browne has been a close adviser to three commissioners. A 45-year veteran of the league office, he started in the mail room, with his career now spanning half of the 90-year life of the NFL. “I have been extremely fortunate to have had mentors such as the late PETE ROZELLE and PAUL TAGLIABUE during my career,” he wrote yesterday in an e-mail to Goodell, a copy of which was attached to the memo. “I am also pleased to have seen you succeed them as commissioner.” The Goodell memo said he would make the transition this spring. “He and I agreed that he will remain on staff full time as senior adviser to me after his EVP successor is named,” the memo from Goodell to league staff said. “He will remain involved with our Congressional and other political issues in Washington as well as local legislative matters in NFL markets. Joe will keep NFL Charities, USA Football and the Youth Football Fund among his responsibilities.” Browne said, “I think it’s important in one’s career that every 45 years or so you change your role. Roger was great about it. Now I have the opportunity to re-load and re-focus on issues that are both important to the league and of special interest to me -- ranging from legislative matters in Washington to youth football development. I am staying on full-time and not going anywhere, except maybe to dinner around 9 PM. I look forward to continuing to try to make a positive difference for the NFL.” The top internal candidate to replace Browne will likely be NFL Senior VP/PR GREG AIELLO.

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