NFL Media announced this week that Analytics expert Cynthia Frelund has joined NFL Media.

In her role with the NFL Media group, Cynthia will appear across several studio shows and platforms to provide statistical and advanced analytics insight, bringing a unique perspective to educate and inform fans about the NFL’s players and league trends on a deeper level than ever before. Cynthia will appear regularly on such NFL Network shows as NFL GameDay Morning and NFL Fantasy Live, as well as NFL Network’s coverage of the Super Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine and NFL Draft.

“Cynthia will break down complicated data and statistics, recognize patterns and trends, and then translate it in a way that is easy for fans to digest and understand,” Michael Mandt, NFL Media’s Executive Producer of Original Content told USA Today. “She is a great addition and makes fans smarter, fantasy owners better and does so in a way that no other football analyst does.”

Cynthia (@cfrelund) joins NFL Media from ESPN, where she served as a Predictive Analytics Analyst on SportsCenter for the past two years.

Prior to joining ESPN, Cynthia was manager of Business Development for Disney/ABC in Los Angeles, analyst for the NFL’s CFO, and senior analyst for Fusion Finance.

A native of Okemos, Michigan, Cynthia graduated from Boston College in 2005 with a B.S. in Biology. Cynthia then received her MBA in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and continued at Northwestern in the MS of Predictive Analytics program.

Outside of her career, Cynthia has completed 20 marathons in 20 different states; almost halfway to her goal of completing a marathon in each state. Cynthia has also taught Pilates and group fitness at several locations since 2001, an avocation that led to her first algorithm-based business, a recommendation engine for group fitness classes. She is also involved with Bright Pink (, the only national non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.

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In other NFL News…

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday that veteran law enforcement official Cathy Lanier has been named the NFL’s new Senior Vice President of Security.

Lanier has served since 2007 as the Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Police Department for the District of Columbia under three mayors. She will be based in the league’s New York office and begin work next month.

In a release from the league’s New York City office, as the league’s chief security officer, Lanier will supervise all operations and activities of the NFL security department. She will oversee coordination with the league office and the 32 clubs and also will work with federal, state and local law entities to ensure the security of the NFL’s venues, fans, players, staff and infrastructure. She will be the primary supervisor of investigative programs, event security including the Super Bowl and international games, game integrity programs and department administration.

“We are excited to welcome to our team an individual of Cathy’s talent and extensive record of accomplishments,” Goodell told USA Today and the Associated Press. “Cathy joins us with a well-deserved reputation of being a tremendous communicator, innovator and relationship builder.”

Lanier has spent her 26-year law enforcement career with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, beginning in 1990. Lanier was named to the top spot in 2007. Much of her career has been in uniformed patrol, where she served as Commander of the Fourth District, one of the largest and most diverse residential patrol districts in the city. She also served as the Commanding Officer of the Department’s Major Narcotics Branch, Vehicular Homicide Units and Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism strategies.

Lanier has extensive experience in all areas of law enforcement as she consistently rose through the ranks of the department, including a diverse list of professional development activities and certifications. As chief of the department, Lanier’s innovative strategies are credited with reducing violent crime in Washington 21 percent from 2007 to 2015 while the D.C. population grew by 15 percent. She has extensive experience in managing security for major events such as Presidential Inaugurations.

Lanier is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.