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Samuel Lester "Les" Snead (born January 19, 1971) is the general manager of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL).

Les Snead
Los Angeles Rams
Position:General manager
Personal information
Born: (1971-01-19) January 19, 1971 (age 48)
Eufaula, Alabama
Career information
High school:Eufaula High School (Alabama)
Career history
As executive:


Early yearsEdit

Snead was born and grew up in Eufaula, Alabama and was an all-state offensive guard at Eufaula High School, and switched to tight end at Troy State before attending the University of Alabama at Birmingham and earning a varsity letter for playing on the first NCAA sanctioned Division 3 team UAB Blazers football; before transferring to Auburn. After college, Snead considered attending medical school, but after serving as a graduate assistant at Auburn, became a scout.[1]

Professional careerEdit

In 1995, Snead was hired by the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars as a pro scout, where he worked until 1997, when he was hired by the Atlanta Falcons to the same position, but also served as the director of pro/player personnel.[2]

St Louis RamsEdit

On February 10, 2012, the Rams announced that they had hired Snead to become the team's new general manager.[3] On March 12, 2012, the Rams agreed to a trade with the Washington Redskins that would exchange their #2 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft for the Redskins 6th and 39th overall selections. The Rams also received their 1st round selections for the 2013 and 2014 drafts. In the draft the Rams traded the 6th pick for the Dallas Cowboys' 14th pick, and selected defensive tackle Michael Brockers. They used the 39th pick to select cornerback Janoris Jenkins.[4][5]

Michael Sam draftEdit

On May 10, 2014, Snead and the Rams drafted Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to enter the draft.[6]


Snead's need for a running back came when he drafted Todd Gurley, who was the top rated running back in the 2015 draft class.

Los Angeles RamsEdit


Snead's most recent notable selection was trading up in the draft to select top-rated quarterback Jared Goff, who was the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Personal lifeEdit

Snead married sports media personality Kara Henderson in the fall of 2012 and the couple currently reside in Malibu, California. Snead has two children, Cannon and Logan, from a previous marriage.


  1. ^ Thomas, Jim (September 9, 2012). "More for Les: Rams' Snead takes aggressive stance". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  2. ^ "Les Snead at a glance". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. September 9, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  3. ^ Yasinskas, Pat (February 12, 2012). "Source: Rams to hire Les Snead as GM". ESPN. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  4. ^ Sargent, Jordan (April 29, 2012). "2012 NFL Draft Grades: Rams Earn A From SB Nation". SB Nation. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Czarnecki, Joe (May 1, 2012). "Czar's team-by-team NFL Draft grades". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 23, 2013.
  6. ^ Babb, Kent (May 10, 2014). "St. Louis Rams draft Michael Sam, who could become first openly gay active NFL player". Washington Post. Retrieved May 11, 2014.

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