The NFL is adding another former member of the Philadelphia Eagles to the league office. Former offensive lineman and former congressman Jon Runyan has been hired as vice president of football operations. Here's a description of Runyan's new job responsibilities via Mark Maske of the Washington Post.
In the league office, Runyan is to serve as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s designee for imposing fines and suspensions for on-field infractions. He will work with Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations. Former NFL defensive back Merton Hanks recently left the league’s football operations department.
Runyan will be in charge of the league’s inspection program for uniforms and safety equipment and is to work in collaboration with the NFL’s rule-making competition committee, its player safety advisory panel and representatives of teams.
So now any time you're unhappy with an Eagles player getting fined ... you know who to blame!
This position is a bit ironic for Runyan. He had a reputation as a dirty player. Now it's his job to help enforce the rules instead of bending them.
Runyan is the second prominent former Eagles player to join the NFL's league office in recent years. The NFL hired former cornerback Troy Vincent as their executive vice president of football operations back in 2014.
Runyan played in Philadelphia for nine years. He retired after the 2009 NFL season.