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American Football Database
John Dorsey
No. 99     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-08-30) August 30, 1960 (age 60)
Place of birth: Leonardtown, Maryland
Career information
College: University of Connecticut
NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 4 / Pick: 99
Debuted in 1984 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1989 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
* Green Bay Packers (1984-1988)
Career highlights and awards
Games played-started     76-15
Tackles     130
Fumble recoveries     4
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John Michael Dorsey (born August 30, 1960) is an American football executive and former National Football League player for the Green Bay Packers. The former Director of College Scouting for the Packers,[1] Dorsey is the current General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.[2]

College career

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.[3]

Professional career

Green Bay Packers

John Dorsey was a 4th round pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 1984 NFL Draft. He played five seasons for Green Bay at linebacker and on special teams.[3] His thirty-five special teams tackles for the Packers in 1984 is still a team record.[4] 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.[4] Dorsey totaled 130 tackles and two fumble recoveries during his five-year career.[3]

Scouting and management

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.[3] In January of 1999, Dorsey followed former Packers coach Mike Holmgren to the Seattle Seahawks, assuming the role of the team's Director of Player Personnel.[3] After just over a year in the Pacific Northwest, Dorsey resigned and returned to the Packers, taking over again as Director of College Scouting. He remained in that position through 2011, when he was named Director of Football Operations for Green Bay.[3] Dorsey 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.[4]

Kansas City Chiefs

On January 13, 2013, news broke that Dorsey had agreed to become the new general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.[5] 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.[2] It had previously been announced that Reid would have the final say in football matters when he came over from Philadelphia, but the Chiefs have since announced that Dorsey will have the same authority over personnel as other NFL general managers.[5]

Personal life

Dorsey earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Connecticut. He and wife Patricia are the parents of three sons and a daughter.[3] Patricia Sexton-Dorsey already had ties to the Kansas City area prior to her husband's hiring as the Chiefs General Manager. An attorney and partner in a large Kansas City-based law firm (previously) working from her Wisconsin home, she is a native of Abilene, Kansas and attended both the University of Kansas and Washburn University in Topeka, earning her law degree from the latter.[4] 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.[6] As hobbies, Dorsey has competed in multiple marathon races in addition to being an avid water skiier.[7]


  • 1987 - Green Bay Packers "Man of the Year" for civic contributions.[7]
  • 1998 - Selected to the University of Connecticut 100th Anniversary All-Time Football Team.[7]
  • 2002 - Inducted into the Anne Arundel County, Maryland Sports Hall of Fame.[7]