John Schneider
Current position
Title General Manager
Team Seattle Seahawks
Personal information
Date of birth 1971
Place of birth Wisconsin
Career information
College University of St. Thomas
Career highlights
Awards See Below
Team(s) as a coach/administrator





Green Bay Packers
Seattle Seahawks
(Mystery Position)
Washington Redskins
(VP of Player Personnel)
Green Bay Packers
(Top Personnel Aide to Packer's GM)
Green Bay Packers
(Director of Football Operations)
Seattle Seahawks
(General Manager)

John Schneider (born 1971 in Wisconsin) is a professional American Football executive, currently serving as the general manager for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL).[1] Schneider was previously a front office executive for the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers, and the Seattle Seahawks in 2000. Schneider served as the Director of Football Operations for the Green Bay Packers from 2008 to 2009. He helped architect the roster that eventually went on to win Super Bowl XLV.

Early years[edit | edit source]

Schneider grew up in Wisconsin and attended high school where he played football. He studied history and secondary education at University of St. Thomas and was on the football team his Freshman year until injuries caused him to retire. During his Junior year he wrote a letter to Ron Wolf asking if he could work as a scout. His internship that summer was the beginning of his relationship with the Green Bay Packers.[2]

Professional executive career[edit | edit source]

Green Bay Packers[edit | edit source]

He started working in the Scouting Department for the Green Bay Packers in 1993.

Seattle Seahawks[edit | edit source]

He worked for the Seahawks in 2000 under Ted Thompson.

Washington Redskins[edit | edit source]

In 2001, Schneider became the Vice President of Player Personnel.

Green Bay Packers[edit | edit source]

Schneider went back to the Green Bay Packers as the top personnel aide to the Packers' GM. He then elevated to Director of Football Operations.

Seattle Seahawks[edit | edit source]

In January 2010, the Seahawks made a splash with the hiring of Pete Carroll as its head coach. Schneider came on board one week later. It was a rare case in which Pete Carroll had hiring control over the General Manager. The Seahawks Front Office has been a collaboration from the beginning. John Schneider has control over salary cap and contract issues and works closely with Carroll on personnel matters. Generally, John Schneider will scout the players and report to Pete who has final decision over roster moves. The relationship has been described as Schneider setting the menu and Carroll picking specific players off of it.

The first three years of the Carroll/Schneider regime has impressed in Seattle. Schneider orchestrated a complete overhaul of Seattle's roster. In 2010, Schneider completed 284 roster transactions.[3] Schneider's philosophy focuses on improving his team through every possible avenue. Examples follow:[4]

High Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Position Name Round Overall Pick Year
LT Russell Okung First Round (No. 6 overall) 2010
S Earl Thomas First Round (No. 14 overall) 2010
WR Golden Tate Second Round (No. 60 overall) 2010
LB Bobby Wagner Second Round (No. 47 overall) 2012
QB Russell Wilson Third Round (No. 75 overall) 2012

Low Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

Position Name Round Overall Pick Year
CB Richard Sherman Fifth Round (No. 154 overall) 2011
S Kam Chancellor Fifth Round (No. 133 overall) 2010
LB K. J. Wright Fourth Round (No. 99 overall) 2011
RG J.R. Sweezy Seventh Round (No. 225 overall) 2012

Under the Radar Signings[edit | edit source]

Position Name Signed From Year
CB Brandon Browner Signed after playing in Canada 2011
RT Breno Giacomini Signed off Packers' Practice Squad 2010
FB Michael Robinson Signed after being released by the 49ers 2010
RG Paul McQuistan Signed 3 months after being waived by the Cleveland Browns 2011

Major Free Agent Signings[edit | edit source]

Position Name Contract Details Year
WR Sidney Rice Signed a five-year, $41 million contract 2011
TE Zach Miller Signed a five-year, $34 million contract 2011
DE Cliff Avril Signed a two-year, $13 million contract 2013
DT Michael Bennett Signed a one-year, $5 million contract 2013

Trades[edit | edit source]

Position Name Trade Details Year
RB Marshawn Lynch Traded from Bills for a fourth-round pick in 2011 and a fifth-round pick in 2012 2010
DE Chris Clemons Traded from Eagles with a 4th round pick for Darryl Tapp 2010
WR Percy Harvin Traded from Vikings for a first and seventh-round pick in 2013 and a third-round pick in 2014 2013

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

2012 season[edit | edit source]

  • ESPN – NFL Executive of the Year Award[5]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

John Schneider has a wife, Traci, and two sons, Ben (age 8) and Jack (6). Ben suffers from autism, and the Schneider family has created the Ben's Fund[6] foundation to help families suffering from the disease.

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

  • Seahawks bio
  • Pitman, Matt. Seahawks Blog [Seahawks Introductory Press Conference] (January 20, 2009)
  • Couillard, Tom. [1][Hail Marys, Hard Work Fuel Alum’s NFL Rise (and the Seattle Seahawks)] (September 28, 2012)
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