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John Schneider (American football executive)

John Schneider
John Schneider in 2014.
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
Kansas City Chiefs
(Director of Pro Personnel)
Seattle Seahawks
(Director of player personnel)
Washington Redskins
(VP of Player Personnel)
Green Bay Packers
(Personnel Analyst to the GM)
Green Bay Packers
(Director of Football Operations)
Seattle Seahawks
(General Manager)

John Schneider (born 1971) 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 XLVIII.

Early years

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

Green Bay Packers

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

Kansas City Chiefs

He was the Director of Pro Personnel for the Chiefs from 1997 - 2000.

Seattle Seahawks

He worked for the Seahawks in 2000 under Ted Thompson.

Washington Redskins

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

Green Bay Packers

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

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 the head coach had hiring control over the general manager. The Seahawks Front Office has been a collaboration from the beginning. Schneider has control over salary cap and contract issues and works closely with Carroll on personnel matters. Generally, Schneider will scout the players and report to Carroll 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] On February 2, 2014, the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII, their first championship in their existence. The championship roster contained only Max Unger, Red Bryant, Jon Ryan and Brandon Mebane who had been a Seahawk previous to Schneider's arrival in Seattle. Schneider's philosophy focuses on improving his team through every possible avenue. Examples follow:[4]

High draft picks

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

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

Minor free agent signings

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 three months after being waived by the Cleveland Browns 2011

Major free agent signings

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
CB Richard Sherman Signed a four-year, $56 million contract 2014


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

While Schneider did not win NFL Executive of the Year for the 2012 season, he is highly regarded around the league for his work as the GM of the Seahawks. John came in 3rd in the award voting for the 2012 NFL Executive of the year.[5]

Personal life

John Schneider has a wife, Traci, and two sons, Ben and Jack. Ben was diagnosed with autism, and the Schneider family has created the Ben's Fund[6] foundation to help families suffering from the disorder.


  1. ^ "Introductory Press Conference". 710 ESPN Seattle. Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Hail Marys, Hard Work Fuel Alum’s NFL Rise (and the Seattle Seahawks)". St. Thomas Newspaper. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Brick by brick: How Pete Carroll built the Seahawks".  
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Ben's Fund".  

External links

  • Seattle Seahawk profile
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