The National Football League announced this week that former NFL tackle and United States Congressman Jon Runyan has been named Vice President of Policy and Rules Administration.

Runyan, drafted by the Houston Oilers in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Michigan, played 207 games in his 14-year NFL career (1996-2009) with Houston/Tennessee, Philadelphia and San Diego and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2002. After his playing career, Runyan was elected to the United States House of Representatives for New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district, serving from 2011-2015.

In NFL Football Operations, Runyan will oversee club and game-related initiatives related to players. He will serve as Commissioner Goodell’s designee for on-field discipline as agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA in Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and also supervise the Uniform and Protective Equipment Inspection Program.

“Jon’s breadth of experience from the gridiron to the halls of Congress to the NFL offices brings a unique perspective shaped by leadership as a player and in public service,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent. “He is a welcome addition to our team as we work to advance and grow the game and develop all football personnel and players.”

Runyan will work closely with various groups across the league, including the Competition Committee, Player Safety Advisory Panel, head coaches and team equipment managers.

“It was my life’s dream to play in the NFL and I am incredibly grateful for the experience those 14 seasons gave me,” Runyan said. “I am thrilled to once again be a part of the NFL family and give back to the game that gave me so much. I am looking forward to sharing the experiences and lessons I’ve learned on and off the field with fellow NFL personnel and I am excited for this great opportunity.”

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