Howie Roseman: The GM Who Built the Eagles

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Howie Roseman, Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Philadelphia Eagles, looks on prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Lincoln Financial Field on November 5, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Philadelphia Eagles have won a Super Bowl, and their GM, Howie Roseman, deserves a good deal of the credit in many people’s minds.

The Eagles were in a rebuilding stage when they fired Chip Kelly. That’s being described as the pivotal moment that paved the pathway to Super Bowl LII and victory. Sports Illustrated called Roseman part of the Eagles’ brain trust. Most people say that Roseman deserves some credit for the team’s monumental successes in 2018.

It’s been a long time coming. Howie Roseman has spent his entire career with the Eagles. He started as an intern, at the lowest level of the food chain.

In 2014, The Bleacher Report noted that Howie Roseman was the only GM in the National Football League under the age of 40. His ascendancy was remarkable for its rapidity. “…less than 15 years ago, he was working as an unpaid intern at the bottom of the Philadelphia Eagles’ corporate ladder,” wrote Bleacher Report. “Less than 20 years ago, he and current Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch were dreaming of their wildly unrealistic NFL futures as football fanatical roommates at the University of Florida.” The site notes that Roseman once “sent over 1,000 letters to NFL teams before finally landing an internship with the Eagles.”

Now, Roseman can join the Eagles in bringing home a Super Bowl trophy.

Roseman has explained why he thinks it’s important for football teams to take risks. “I don’t know if it’s conscious that we’re just trying to be out of the box just to be out of the box, although maybe at times it seems that way,” Roseman said, according to The New York Post. “I think it’s hard to be really good in the National Football League. Sometimes you got to take risks, especially … when you’re middle of the pack and you’re not picking in the top five, it’s hard.”