Patrick Kerney named NFL vice president of player benefits

Posted Oct 28, 2013

Patrick Kerney was a sack-collecting defensive end during his three-season stay with the Seahawks. But Monday he bagged a new role as a vice president with the National Football League.

Patrick Kerney has added a new title to his resume: NFL Vice President of Player Benefits and NFL Legends Operations.

The league announced Kerney’s new role on Monday.

Kerney was a Pro Bowl defensive end who played for the Seahawks from 2007-09 after being signed in free agency following an eight-season stint with the Atlanta Falcons. He led the NFC in sacks in 2007, when Kerney also was voted to the Pro Bowl. Kerney had a team-high five sacks in 2009 before injuries ended his career.

After retiring, Kerney earned his MBA in Finance from Columbia University in 2012.

“I am excited about the challenge to add value to the NFL and, in particular, player engagement,” Kerney said in the release announcing his new position. “Player engagement is aligned with my professional goals, which made the decision to join the team an easy one. I look forward to pursuing new and creative ways to help aspiring, current and former players leverage football and their NFL careers into long-term positive experiences in all facets of their lives.”

Kerney will oversee player benefits and the operations of the Legends program, which launched July 2013 to connect former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the NFL. He will assist current and former players in leveraging their NFL playing experience into long-term opportunities.

"Patrick's passion, knowledge and experience serve as a strategic addition to our team as we further strengthen our commitment to preserving our game, protecting our brand and developing our future," said Troy Vincent, NFL senior vice president of Player Engagement. "Patrick is an example of how NFL players can successfully transition from the game to the workplace as he brings his on-field leadership and advanced studies to serve our Legends community."