The NFL Alumni Board of Directors unanimously selected former New Mexico State, Giants and Eagles quarterback, Joe Pisarcik as its new Executive Director, Friday, Feb. 24.
After working for 17 years on Wall Street, Pisarcik recently resigned his position as the Vice President of Mortgage-Backed Securities at ICAP Securities in order to take on the responsibility of directing the NFL Alumni.
Under the supervision of the NFL Alumni Joint Board, Pisarcik has been acting as the unpaid interim Executive Director since George Martin resigned last May. He has been an active member of the NFL Alumni since his retirement from the Philadelphia Eagles in 1985 and has served as the President of the local NFL Alumni Chapter in Philadelphia, Chairman of the Board of NFL Alumni Chapter Presidents and for the past three years he has been the President of the NFL Alumni Joint Board.
“I have known Joe Pisarcik for over 30 years and I applaud the NFL Alumni for selecting him to lead our organization,” NFL Alumni Board member Ron Jaworski said. “There are many challenges ahead, and after numerous meetings with Joe, it is crystal clear to me that he has a rock solid vision for the future of the Alumni. I look forward to working with Joe and the entire board in developing programs to help all our former players.”
Pisarcik will be overseeing the operations of the NFL Alumni Association and NFL Alumni Foundation. The NFL Alumni Association is the advocacy arm of the organization that serves the retired player members and their families and the NFL Alumni Foundation supports youth and community charities through the work of local Chapters located in cities throughout the United States.
Pisarcik said his number one priority will be to make the NFL Alumni more accountable to its membership and more relevant to the retired player community.
“First and foremost, our organization needs to do a better job of serving, informing and assisting our fellow alumni,” Pisarcik said. “I will also work to strengthen our Caring for Kids program. Helping our local NFL Alumni Chapters and members with the work they do in their communities is what makes our organization shine.”
Pisarcik continued by saying, “I want to make sure that retired players and their families are fully aware of the programs, services and benefits that are currently available to them and work to increase the number of former players that are receiving those benefits. I also want to work with the League and the NFLPA to urge them to create new benefits that would cover some of the medical problems most often encountered by retirees after they leave the game.”
Pisarcik and a small Alumni Association staff are working in the national office in Newark, N.J. He hopes to better coordinate the activities of the local Alumni chapters and create new chapters in areas such as Birmingham, Ala. and West Texas, where there are no NFL teams, but where many retired NFL players live.
“Joe understands the lifeblood of our organization - our members - and the charitable work being done at the grass roots level to positively shape the lives of children and families,” Chairman of the NFL Alumni Association Board Randy Minniear said. “He has always kept that in the forefront of his mind in all his acts and deeds.”
“I look forward to leading the NFL Alumni,” Pisarcik said. “This will be a “team effort” and I am calling on former players to help us achieve all the goals we are setting for the NFL Alumni.”