George Koonce

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George Koonce
No. 53
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1968-10-15) October 15, 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth: New Bern, North Carolina
Career information
College: East Carolina
Debuted in 1992
Last played in 2000
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Tackles 652
Sacks 9
Interceptions 5
Touchdowns 2
Stats at NFL.com

George Koonce (born October 15, 1968) is an American athlete and athletic director. A former linebacker in the National Football League (NFL), he served as the Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee between 2009 and 2010.

Playing career[edit]

Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Koonce was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons out of the East Carolina University, but was waived during the preseason.

WLF Ohio Glory[edit]

Koonce started at linebacker for the World League's Ohio Glory in 1992.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

He was then signed by the Green Bay Packers before the 1992 season. He played for the Packers from 1992-1999. He was an eight-year starter as the Packers returned to dominance, starting 102 of 112 games. He played all three linebacker positions with the Packers.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an unrestricted free agent before the 2000 season, and started all 16 games. After the 2000 season he retired with 720 tackles, 9 sacks, and 5 interceptions in 128 games (118 starts).

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team POS G GS SK INT YDS TD LNG FMB FR YRDS TKL AST AV
1992 GNB LOLB 16 10 1.5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 55 0 5
1993 GNB LILB 15 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 108 0 8
1994 GNB RLB 16 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 76 27 9
1995 GNB RLB 16 16 1 1 12 0 12 0 0 0 49 25 7
1996 GNB MLB 16 16 0 3 84 1 750 0 1 0 69 28 12
1997 GNB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 0
1998 GNB LLB 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 42 16 7
1999 GNB LLB 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 21 6
2000 SEA MLB 16 16 1.5 1 27 1 27 0 1 0 74 23 6
Total 128 118 9 5 123 2 75 0 7 4 507 145 60

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Post-playing career[edit]

He was inducted into the National Junior College Hall of Fame in 2000 and also the hall of fame at East Carolina University. In 1999, he founded the George Koonce Sr. Foundation to provide underprivileged children with educational, athletic, artistic and social opportunities which assist their development.

East Carolina University[edit]

He spent of two years as an Assistant Athletic Director for Development, assisting with fundraising and marketing of the department. He also earned his Master's Degree in Sport Management in 2006 from ECU.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

He served in the Packers front office as the Director of Player Development for the Green Bay Packers for the 2006 season.

Marquette University[edit]

He served as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was responsible for fundraising, major gifts, community relations, and student welfare. He joined the Golden Eagles in 2007. He also pursued his Ph.D. in Sport Administration while at Marquette.

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee[edit]

He was introduced as the new University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Director of Athletics on March 17, 2009, and began his duties on April 1. He was placed on administrative leave in April 2010 for undisclosed reasons, and his resignation was announced on June 2, 2010.

Marian University[edit]

In 2014, Koonce was hired as the Vice-President of Advancement at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.[2] The university described his job duties as "growing awareness and increasing philanthropic support" within the region.

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