John Dorsey (American football)
John Michael Dorsey (born August 30, 1960) is a former American football player and the current general manager of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). His previous job was the same position with the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League from the 2013 season through the 2016 season. He is a former National Football League player for the Green Bay Packers, and later served in the Packers' Scouting Department for more than two decades, including Director of College Scouting from 2000 to 2011. He served as the Seattle Seahawks' Director of Player Personnel in 1999, between two stints in Green Bay's front office.
John Dorsey in 2019
|Born:||August 30, 1960|
Leonardtown, Maryland, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||240 lb (109 kg)|
|NFL Draft:||1984 / Round: 4 / Pick: 99|
|Career NFL statistics|
Dorsey was a four-year starter at linebacker for the University of Connecticut Huskies, being twice named Yankee Conference Defensive Player of the Year as well as an NCAA Division I-AA All-American honors.
Dorsey was a 4th round pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 1984 NFL Draft. He was also 7th round draft pick by the USFL's Philadelphia Stars 1984 USFL Draft. He played five seasons for Green Bay at linebacker and on special teams. His thirty-five special teams tackles for the Packers in 1984 is still a team record.
Dorsey spent the 1989 season on the injured reserve list after suffering a knee injury during pre-game warmups of the Packers regular season opener, effectively ending his playing days. He totaled 130 tackles and two fumble recoveries during his five-year career.
Green Bay PackersEdit
After his playing career ended, Dorsey chose to remain in football, taking a job as a college scout for the Packers in May 1991. He was later promoted to Director of College Scouting for the team in February 1997.
Second stint with the PackersEdit
In 2000, Dorsey returned to the Packers, taking over again as Director of College Scouting. He remained in that position through 2011, and winning a Super Bowl ring. In 2012, he was named Director of Football Operations. He is credited with making the Packers one of the best drafting teams in the NFL, helping choose star players like Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and Greg Jennings.
Kansas City ChiefsEdit
On January 13, 2013, Dorsey became the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. The move reunited Dorsey with new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. The pair served on the Green Bay Packers coaching staff together from 1992 to 1997. It had previously been announced that Reid would have the final say in football matters when he came over from Philadelphia, but the Chiefs then announced that Dorsey would have the same authority over personnel as other NFL general managers. However, Dorsey and Reid reported on an equal basis to chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, unlike past years in which the coach reported to the general manager. On June 22, 2017, the Chiefs organization and Dorsey agreed to part ways, after posting a 43–21 record and three trips to the postseason in his four seasons as GM for the Chiefs. Shortly before leaving the Chiefs, former Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said that Dorsey informed him of his release on a voicemail, which drew criticism from Maclin himself and the media. After he was fired, it was reported he was fired due to his management style, communication, as well as the Chiefs salary cap issues. His management of the salary cap led to several long term and fan favorite Chiefs players being released or traded, including Jamaal Charles, Derrick Johnson.
On December 7, 2017, Dorsey became the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, hours after Sashi Brown was relieved of his duties; a press conference announcing Dorsey's hiring was held the following day with team owner Jimmy Haslam. Dorsey went on to draft quarterback Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) 1st overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, pairing him with #4 overall pick cornerback Denzel Ward (Ohio State), running back Nick Chubb (Georgia) in the Second Round, wide receiver Antonio Callaway (Florida), among others. Dorsey also traded for star wide receiver Jarvis Landry, previously a member of the Miami Dolphins. After finishing 7-8-1 in the 2018 season and missing the playoffs, Dorsey went on to trade for star wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. (previously a teammate of Landry's at LSU), as well as acquiring other assets via trade and the draft (cornerback Greedy Williams, running back Kareem Hunt, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, and defensive end Olivier Vernon).
Dorsey attended and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Annapolis. He earned bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Connecticut.
Dorsey has two adult sons from his first marriage and has a son and daughter with his current wife, Patricia. The couple first met in Kansas City while Dorsey was on a scouting trip for the Packers. After several years of dating, they were married in 2005.
Dorsey has competed in multiple marathon races and is an avid water skier.
- 1987 – Green Bay Packers "Man of the Year" for civic contributions
- 1998 – Selected to the University of Connecticut 100th Anniversary All-Time Football Team
- 2002 – Inducted into the Anne Arundel County, Maryland Sports Hall of Fame
- 2016 – Inducted into Fork Union Military Academy Sports Hall of Fame
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