John Dorsey (American football)

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John Dorsey
Cleveland Browns
Position: General manager
Personal information
Born: (1960-08-30) August 30, 1960 (age 58)
Leonardtown, Maryland, U.S.
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Connecticut
NFL Draft: 1984 / Round: 4 / Pick: 99
Career history

As player:

As administrator:

Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

John Michael Dorsey (born August 30, 1960) is a former American football player and the current general manager of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL).[1] His previous job was the same position with the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League from the 2013 season through the 2016 season.[2] He is a former National Football League player for the Green Bay Packers, and later served, for two decades, in the Packers' Scouting Department, including Director of College Scouting from 2000 to 2012.[3] He served as the Seattle Seahawks' Director of Player Personnel in 1999, between two stints in Green Bay's front office.

College career

Dorsey was a four-year starter at linebacker for the University of Connecticut Huskies, being twice named Yankee Conference Defensive Player of the Year as well as an NCAA Division I-AA All-American honors.[4]

Professional career

Dorsey was a 4th round pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 1984 NFL Draft. He was also 7th round draft pick by the USFL's Philadelphia Stars 1984 USFL Draft. He played five seasons for Green Bay at linebacker and on special teams.[4] His thirty-five special teams tackles for the Packers in 1984 is still a team record.[5]

Dorsey spent the 1989 season on the injured reserve list after suffering a knee injury during pre-game warmups of the Packers regular season opener, effectively ending his playing days.[5] He totaled 130 tackles and two fumble recoveries during his five-year career.[4]

Administrative career

Green Bay Packers

After his playing career ended, Dorsey chose to remain in football, taking a job as a college scout for the Packers in May 1991. He was later promoted to Director of College Scouting for the team in February 1997.[4]

Seattle Seahawks

In January 1999, Dorsey followed former Packers coach Mike Holmgren to the Seattle Seahawks, assuming the role of the team's Director of Player Personnel.[4] Dorsey resigned in 2000.

Second stint with the Packers

In 2000, Dorsey returned to the Packers, taking over again as Director of College Scouting. He remained in that position through 2011, and winning a Super Bowl ring. In 2012, he was named Director of Football Operations.[4] He is credited with making the Packers one of the best drafting teams in the NFL, helping choose star players like Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews and Greg Jennings.[5]

Kansas City Chiefs

On January 13, 2013, Dorsey became the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.[6] The move reunited Dorsey with new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. The pair served on the Green Bay Packers coaching staff together from 1992 to 1997.[2] It had previously been announced that Reid would have the final say in football matters when he came over from Philadelphia, but the Chiefs then announced that Dorsey would have the same authority over personnel as other NFL general managers.[6] On June 22, 2017, the Chiefs organization and Dorsey agreed to part ways, [7] this after posting a 43–21 record and three trips to the postseason in his four seasons as GM for the Chiefs.[8] Shortly before being leaving the Chiefs, former Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said that Dorsey informed him of his release on a voicemail, which drew criticism from Maclin himself and the media.[9] After he was fired, it was reported he was fired due to his management style, communication, as well as the Chiefs salary cap issues. His mismanagement of the salary cap led to several long term and fan favorite Chiefs players being released or traded, including Jamaal Charles, Alex Smith, Derrick Johnson, and Tamba Hali.[10]

Cleveland Browns

On December 7, 2017, Dorsey became the general manager of the Cleveland Browns, hours after Sashi Brown was relieved of his duties; a press conference of the hiring of Dorsey was made on December 8, 2017, with team owner Jimmy Haslam.[8]

Personal life

Dorsey attended and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Annapolis. He earned bachelor's degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Connecticut.

He and wife Patricia are the parents of three sons and a daughter.[4] The couple first met in Kansas City while Dorsey was on a scouting trip for the Packers. After several years of dating they were married in 2005.[11]

Dorsey has competed in multiple marathon races in addition to being an avid water skier.[12]



  1. ^ "Browns name John Dorsey General Manager". Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Chiefs name John Dorsey new General Manager". KSHB-TV website. January 12, 2013. Retrieved January 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "John Dorsey Director of College Scouting". Archived from the original on 2009-04-01. Retrieved April 16, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Husky Great John Dorsey Named Kansas City Chiefs G.M." University of Connecticut Sports Information Office. January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Teicher, Adam (January 12, 2013). "Chiefs to introduce John Dorsey as new GM today". The Kansas City Star website. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Chiefs hire John Dorsey as GM". ESPN. Retrieved January 13, 2013.
  7. ^ "Chiefs, Dorsey Agree to Part Ways".
  8. ^ a b Cabot, Mary Kay (December 8, 2017). "Browns' John Dorsey: "Let's reawaken this sleeping giant"". Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Jeremy Maclin was upset, shocked that he learned of his Chiefs release by voicemail".
  10. ^ "Sources: Communication, management style were factors in Chiefs' firing of Dorsey".
  11. ^ Mellingerfirst=Sam (January 14, 2013). "New Chiefs GM John Dorsey has a real KC love story". The Kansas City Star website. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  12. ^ a b c d "John Dorsey bio". Green Bay Packers team website. 2010. Retrieved January 17, 2013.
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