Tim Ruskell (born 1956) was a former director of player personnel most recently for the Chicago Bears in the National Football League.

Ruskell was born in Sagamiono, Japan where his father was stationed in the United States Army but spent his high school and college years in the Tampa Bay, Florida area and graduated with a degree in communications from the University of South Florida in 1978.

Ruskell has spent more than 20 years in professional football. He started his career as a scout for the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1983, moving to the USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits in 1985 before landing in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987. In 1992 he was promoted to Director of College Scouting, and in 2001 to Director of Player Personnel. While in Tampa Bay Ruskell was a protégé of Rich McKay. When McKay left to become the President and General Manager of the Atlanta Falcons in 2004 Ruskell went with him as the Assistant General Manager. In 2005 Paul Allen tapped Ruskell to replace the fired Bob Whitsitt at the top of the organizational chart in Seattle.

In his first season in Seattle, Ruskell made a few roster changes that helped the Seahawks, bringing in free agents and drafting college players that played pivotal roles in the Seahawks run to Super Bowl XL. However, the team's record gradually declined over the next four seasons. Ruskell eventually was forced to resign from his position as the Seahawks President of Football Operations on December 2, 2009. At the time, the Seahawks were 4-7 and finished with a 4-12 record the year before.[1]

In 2012, general manager Jerry Angelo was fired after 11 seasons with the Chicago Bears. Ruskell was among the possible candidates for the job, but the job was ultimately given to Phil Emery.[2][3]

Ruskell joined the staff of the Tennessee Titans as a college scout in 2012.[4]

Tim and his wife, Linda, have a daughter, Samantha, and a son, Jack. Tim has a nephew, Michael, who is currently studying at the University of Georgia. He also has a younger, more athletic nephew, Mark, who is an American college football offensive lineman for the Georgia State University Panthers.


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