The NFL Alumni Board of
Directors unanimously selected former New Mexico State, Giants and Eagles
quarterback, Joe Pisarcik as its new Executive Director, Friday, Feb. 24.
After working for 17
years on Wall Street, Pisarcik recently resigned his position as the Vice
President of Mortgage-Backed Securities at ICAP Securities in order to take on
the responsibility of directing the NFL Alumni.
Under the supervision of
the NFL Alumni Joint Board, Pisarcik has been acting as the unpaid interim
Executive Director since George Martin resigned last May. He has been an active
member of the NFL Alumni since his retirement from the Philadelphia Eagles in
1985 and has served as the President of the local NFL Alumni Chapter in
Philadelphia, Chairman of the Board of NFL Alumni Chapter Presidents and for
the past three years he has been the President of the NFL Alumni Joint Board.
“I have known Joe Pisarcik for over 30 years
and I applaud the NFL Alumni for selecting him to lead our organization,” NFL Alumni Board member
Ron Jaworski said. “There are many challenges ahead, and after numerous meetings with
Joe, it is crystal clear to me that he has a rock solid vision for the future
of the Alumni. I look forward to working with Joe and the entire board in
developing programs to help all our former players.”
Pisarcik will be
overseeing the operations of the NFL Alumni Association
and NFL Alumni Foundation. The NFL Alumni
Association is the advocacy arm of the organization that serves the retired
player members and their families and the NFL Alumni Foundation supports youth
and community charities through the work of local Chapters located in cities
throughout the United States.
Pisarcik said his number
one priority will be to make the NFL Alumni more accountable to its membership
and more relevant to the retired player community.
“First and foremost, our organization needs to
do a better job of serving, informing and assisting our fellow alumni,”
Pisarcik said. “I will also work to strengthen our Caring for Kids program.
Helping our local NFL Alumni Chapters and members with the work they do in
their communities is what makes our organization shine.”
Pisarcik continued by
want to make sure that retired players and their families are fully aware of
the programs, services and benefits that are currently available to them and
work to increase the number of former players that are receiving those
benefits. I also want to work with the League and the NFLPA to urge them
to create new benefits that would cover some of the medical problems most often
encountered by retirees after they leave the game.”
Pisarcik and a small
Alumni Association staff are working in the national office in Newark,
N.J. He hopes to better coordinate the activities of the local Alumni
chapters and create new chapters in areas such as Birmingham, Ala. and West
Texas, where there are no NFL teams, but where many retired NFL players live.
“Joe understands the lifeblood of our
organization - our members - and the charitable work being done at the grass
roots level to positively shape the lives of children and families,” Chairman of the NFL
Alumni Association Board Randy Minniear said. “He has always kept that in the forefront of
his mind in all his acts and deeds.”
“I look forward to leading the NFL Alumni,” Pisarcik
will be a “team effort” and I am calling on former players to help us achieve
all the goals we are setting for the NFL Alumni.”