NFL Players Association hires search firm

After interviewing search firms in Washington, D.C. last week, the NFL Players Association hired one Wednesday.

The NFLPA announced it had chosen Reilly Partners of Chicago to act as the outside search firm to find a successor for former executive director Gene Upshaw.

“The committee was impressed with all of the presentations,” said NFLPA acting executive director Richard Berthlesen. “But they unanimously selected Reilly Partners for several reasons, including the fact that they had handled the Executive Director search last year for the NHL Players Association.”

That search resulted in the selection of Paul Kelly as the new NHLPA Executive Director. The NHLPA search was handled by Reilly Partners CEO Bob Reilly and former NHL player Dave Poulin. Reilly and Poulin will also handle the search for the NFLPA.

In a related move, the NFLPA search committee also retained former NFL player Pat Richter as a consultant in the search. Richter was an NFLPA Executive Committee member during his playing days with the Washington Redskins in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and he served for many years as the athletic director at the University of Wisconsin, his alma mater. Richter, now retired, will be acting as an independent contractor for the NFLPA.

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