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George Koonce
No. 53     
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-10-15) October 15, 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth: New Bern, North Carolina
Career information
College: East Carolina
Debuted in 1992 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 2000 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
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Tackles     653
Sacks     9
Interceptions     5
Stats at NFL.com

George Koonce (born October 15, 1968 in New Bern, North Carolina) is a former linebacker in the NFL and also served as the Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee between 2009 and 2010.

Playing careerEdit

Atlanta FalconsEdit

Koonce was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons out of the East Carolina University, but was waived during the preseason.

WLF Ohio GloryEdit

Koonce started at linebacker for the World League's Ohio Glory in 1992.

Green Bay PackersEdit

He was then signed by the Green Bay Packers before the 1992 season. He played for the Packers from 1992-1999. He was an eight-year starter as the Packers returned to dominance, starting 102 of 112 games. He played all three linebacker positions with the Packers.

Seattle SeahawksEdit

He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent before the 2000 season, and started all 16 games. After the 2000 season he retired with 720 tackles, 9 sacks, and 5 interceptions in 128 games (118 starts).

Post Playing CareerEdit

He was inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame in 2000 and also the hall of fame at East Carolina University. In 1999, he founded the George Koonce Sr. Foundation to provide underprivileged children with educational, athletic, artistic and social opportunities which assist their development.

East Carolina UniversityEdit

He spent of two years as a Assistant Athletic Director for Development, assisting with fundraising and marketing of the department. He also earned his Master's Degree in Sport Management in 2006 from ECU.

Green Bay PackersEdit

He served in the Packers front office as the Director of Player Development for the Green Bay Packers for the 2006 season.

Marquette UniversityEdit

He served as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was responsible for fundraising, major gifts, community relations, and student welfare. He joined the Golden Eagles in 2007. He also pursued his Ph.D. in Sport Administration while at Marquette.

University of Wisconsin–MilwaukeeEdit

He was introduced as the new Director of Athletics on March 17, 2009, and began his duties on April 1. Placed on administrative leave in April 2010 for undisclosed reasons. Announced resignation from position on June 2, 2010.

ReferencesEdit

Coach Profile at Green Bay Packers Official Site


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