John Schneider wins Lee Remmel Distinguished Service Award

Posted May 17, 2014

Born and raised in De Pere, and a former director of football operations with the Packers, Seahawks GM John Schneider is going home next month to receive the Lee Remmel Distinguished Service Award.

Who says you can’t go home again? Seahawks general manager John Schneider will not only return to his hometown of De Pere, Wis., next month, he’ll pick up a prestigious award while there.

Schneider has been named the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award at the 17th annual Lee Remmel Sports Award Banquet and will be honored on June 25 at the Swan Club in De Pere. Remmel, 89, was associated with the Green Bay Packers for 62 years as a sportswriter and team employee before he retired in 2007. He is a member of the Packers Hall of Fame and the press box at Lambeau Field has been named in his honor.

“I thought one of my friends back in Green Bay was messing around with me at first,” said Schneider, who will turn 43 next Sunday. “But I think it’s really neat.”

Schneider is familiar with the event, and the venue. He attended the Remmel Banquet during his time with the Packers (1993-96 and 2002-09). And the Swan Club is where the sports banquets were held while he was growing up in De Pere and attending Abbot Pennings High School.

Since coming to the Seattle from the Packers in 2010, Schneider’s efforts have been paramount in acquiring the talent that helped the Seahawks win the franchise’s first Super Bowl in February.

Past winners of the Distinguished Service Award include former chairman of the board and Packers CEO Bob Harlan (1998) and Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig (1999); the Pro Football Hall of Fame trio of quarterback Bart Starr (2001), defensive end Willie Davis (2006) and linebacker Dave Robinson (2013); and former Packers GM Ron Wolf (2002), who hired Schneider as an intern with the Packers in 1992.

“You look through the names,” Schneider said with a smile, “and I’m not sure they want to have my name included with that group. But I’m very honored. It’s a really cool event.”