John Spagnola

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John Spagnola
No. 88, 89
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1957-08-01) August 1, 1957 (age 56)
Place of birth: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Yale
NFL Draft: 1979 / Round: 9 / Pick: 245
(By the New England Patriots)
Debuted in 1979 for the Philadelphia Eagles
Last played in 1989 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

John Stephen Spagnola (born August 1, 1957 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, and the Green Bay Packers.

Early life[edit]

Spagnola played receiver and linebacker at Bethlehem Catholic High School (Class of 1975) in Pennsylvania and went to Yale University (Class of 1979).

As a Boy Scout at Notre Dame Elementary School, he was awarded the Eagle Scout rank and was inducted into the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame. He was a grade school and high school classmate of running back Mike Guman (BECAHI '76), who later starred at Penn State, and played 10 years professionally for the Los Angeles Rams. His High School football team at BECAHI went 11-0-0 in his senior year with "Spags" as one of the team captains.

He left Yale University as the all-time leading receiver in receptions (88) and yards (1554). He was an honorable mention All-American tight end at Yale in '79.

Professional career[edit]

Spagnola was drafted in the ninth round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.

He played in eleven NFL seasons from 1979 to 1987 for the Philadelphia Eagles, 1988 for the Seattle Seahawks, and in 1989 for the Green Bay Packers.

Spagnola was voted the Eagles' MVP (offensive) in 1984.

His best year in the NFL came during the 1985 season for the Philadelphia Eagles when he caught 65 receptions for 701 yards and five touchdowns.

In 1985, Spagnola and Mike Quick combined to set two club records; most receptions by two players (135) and most combined receiving yards (2,019), breaking a record previously shared by Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald and Timmy Brown.

He was a pro-bowl alternative in 1985 and 1984.

He caught the most passes (129) than any other tight end in the National Football Conference in 1985 and 1984.

He also appeared in Super Bowl XV for the Eagles versus the Oakland Raiders, catching one reception for 22 yards.

Spagnola ranks 14th on the Eagle's all-time reception list with 256 catches for 2,833 yards. His 12 catches in one game against New Orleans in 1985 were just two short of the club record shared by Brian Westbrook and Don Looney (1940).

Spagnola served as a player representative of the National Football League Players Association. During the labor strike in 1987, Spagnola's Philadelphia Eagles were the only team in the NFL whose players did not cross the picket line.

Spagnola was the first executive vice president of the National Football League Players Association.

In 2008-2009 Spagnola was sought by the National Football League Players Association's executive search firm, Reilly Partners (Chicago, IL), to succeed Gene Upshaw as executive director. Spagnola remained in the running after the union paired its list of finalists to five.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Spagnola began broadcasting for ABC Sports television in 1992. He covered college football for the network as a color analyst, sideline reporter, and studio analyst through the 1998 season.

Financial services career[edit]

In 1984 he began his career in the financial services industry working for the First Boston Corporation in New York and Philadelphia. During this time, Mr. Spagnola worked in institutional sales and trading where he developed an in-depth knowledge of the capital markets, proprietary trading and corporate underwriting.

In 1992, with Michael Cosack, he co-founded Spagnola-Cosack, Inc., an independent investment consulting firm that serviced Public, Taft-Hartley, Corporate, Hospital, Endowment, and Foundation Funds. Over a ten-year period the assets under advisement grew to over $3.5 billion. In 2003 Spagnola-Cosack, Inc. was acquired by Public Financial Management, a financial advisory firm located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He brings over twenty-three years of investment experience to PFM Advisors.

As the Managing Director of PFM Advisors, Spagnola's duties include serving on the investment committee, overseeing marketing and client service and consulting with Public, Hospital, Endowment, and Taft-Hartley Fund clients who use the investment consulting and discretionary management services of PFM Advisors.

Academia career[edit]

Spagnola has taught a course on managing public funds for the Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania.

Personal[edit]

Spagnola currently resides in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania with his wife, Kathleen. He has three daughters: Nicole Spagnola (New York), Megan Spagnola (Bryn Mawr) and Kelly Spagnola (Bryn Mawr).

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