The NFL announced on Wednesday that they have named former New York Giants fullback Charles Way, who had spent the past 14 years as the team’s Director of Player Programs, to head of the NFL’s Player Engagement department.
Way will replace Troy Vincent, who had previously been promoted to Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
“Charles’ passion, knowledge and experience, both on and off the field, serve as a strategic addition to the NFL as we evolve our programs and services for players and their families at all levels of the game,” says Robert Gulliver, NFL chief human resources officer. “By joining the league office, Charles will expand his impact by overseeing the programs and services that are provided to all NFL teams and players.”
A sixth-round pick of the Giants in the 1995 NFL Draft, Way spent five years with Big Blue before retiring in 2000 as a result of a chronic knee injury. During that time, Way served as the Giants' player representative to the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).
“This is a tremendous opportunity to continue to advance the initiatives of the Player Engagement department,” says Way. “I am thankful to Ernie Accorsi for envisioning the importance and significance of the role I have had with the Giants and grateful for the support of John Mara, Steve Tisch, Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin in implementing and developing the programs we have instituted. We will continue to build on the foundation of NFL Player Engagement that has been established over the past 25 years.”
Earlier this year, both Mark Herzlich and Zak DeOssie were also named to the NFLPA's brand new Executive Committee, joining former Giants kicker Jay Feely and a number of other players from around the league.
There has been no word on who will replace Way as the Giants' Director of Player Programs.
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