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NFL Names Former New York Giants FB Charles Way Head of Player Engagement

July 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

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.


Tags: Charles Way, Ernie Accorsi, Football, Jay Feely, Jerry Reese, John Mara, Mark Herzlich, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Steve Tisch, Tom Coughlin, Zak DeOssie

6 Responses to “NFL Names Former New York Giants FB Charles Way Head of Player Engagement”

  1.  Krow says:

    So what happened to that homeless guy Warren Sapp hired to kill Strahan?

  2.  rlhjr says:

    If Charles Way was a young running back in Giants camp there would be no questions about the Giants full back options. Talk about the perfect all around running back? Charles Way….end of story.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    Charles Way going to the NFL offices is a real loss for the Giants. I’m sure he was great at keeping most of the knuckleheads out of harm’s way. Really solid guy who is probably going to go far in the league at some point.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    You know, if David Wilson is declared healthy the Giants are actually going to have a real logjam of very good running backs. I am SURE that Williams is going to be a stud. Anyone who watched him at BC should have no doubt at all that the kid is special. And I think Jennings is a prototypical #1 running back on a good NFL team, a guy who can do pretty well at everything and gets better with each year of experience. Thankfully, he still has a lot of tread on his tires. You don’t need Adrian Peterson to have a top running game. I think if the Giants can figure out how to use Jennings and Williams while also maximizing Wilson’s contributions they should have as good a group of backs as there is in the league. And that doesn’t even count Hillis, who while not pretty, is a very effective power back who has proved what he can accomplish in this league.

    With or without Wilson, this should be a strength in 2014, and Coughlin is going to wisely demand it be used both to control possession, rest the defense, give Eli plenty of play action options, and allow the Giants to win the fourth quarters that they have not dominated over the past two seasons. Add Wilson and I think we could be absolutely loaded at the position. I still maintain that Williams was one of the great steals in the draft of recent years. He’ll start proving it pretty quickly.

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