Dave Gettleman

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Dave Gettleman
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Gettleman in 2022
Personal information
Born: (1951-02-21) February 21, 1951 (age 71)
Boston, Massachusetts
Career information
High school:Boston Latin
Career history
As an executive:
Career highlights and awards
As executive
Executive profile at PFR

David Alan Gettleman (born February 21, 1951) is a former American football executive in the National Football League (NFL) who was the senior vice president and general manager for the New York Giants from 2018 to 2021 and the Carolina Panthers from 2013 to 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Gettleman grew up in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Boston Latin School, where he played varsity football. He then attended Springfield College, where he earned a degree in education and played offensive tackle on the freshman football team. Gettleman has two master's degrees: one in physical education from Southern Connecticut State in 1978, and another in sports administration from St. Thomas University in 1986.

Football career[edit]


He began his football career as a teacher-coach at Spackenkill High School in Poughkeepsie, New York. As the head coach from 1973–78 and 1980–81, Gettleman led his teams to two league titles, competing against schools twice the size as Spackenkill. He spent a season as a volunteer assistant at Cal State Long Beach in 1979. Gettleman joined the faculty of Kingston High School in 1982 and became the head coach in 1984, leading his team to a Section I Bowl berth.

Front office[edit]

Early career (1986–97)[edit]

Gettleman was hired by Bill Polian in 1986 as a scouting intern for the Buffalo Bills.[1] He spent the next seven years working in their scouting department before leaving to accept a scouting job with the Denver Broncos after the 1993 season. Gettleman was responsible for scouting players from the East and Southeast regions during his four-year tenure in Denver.[2]

New York Giants (1998–2012)[edit]

In 1998, he was hired as a scout by the New York Giants, who promoted him to Pro Personnel Director the next year. In 2012, he was given the title of Senior Pro Personnel Analyst. During his first tenure with the Giants, he focused on improving the team's offensive line, and also acquired Mike Barrow, who led the team in tackles in 2000. He signed Plaxico Burress prior to the 2005 season, who became one of the team's best wide receivers and a star on the Super Bowl XLII team, and Antonio Pierce, who went on to have over 100 tackles each year from 2005 to 2007, as well as kicker Lawrence Tynes.[3] Many of these players also contributed to the Super Bowl XLVI team, along with new additions Antrel Rolle, linebacker Michael Boley (the team's top two tacklers), defensive tackles Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard, and punter Steve Weatherford.[4]

Carolina Panthers (2013–17)[edit]

In January 2013, he was chosen to become the general manager of the Carolina Panthers.[5] In the 2015 season, the Panthers started 14–0, before falling to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16.[6]

The team defeated the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals in the playoffs, en route to Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016. The Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[7] On July 17, 2017, the Panthers relieved him of his duties as general manager.[8]

During Gettleman's tenure as general manager the Panthers compiled a regular-season record of 51–28–1. In that 5-year timeframe the Panthers advanced to the playoffs 3 seasons and won 3 NFC South titles.

Return to the Giants (2018–2021)[edit]

On December 28, 2017, Gettleman was named as the new general manager of the New York Giants, returning to the team after six years.[9]

Gettleman's second tenure began by hiring a new head coach in Pat Shurmur,[10] and with drafting running back Saquon Barkley second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft,[11] ahead of notable quarterbacks Sam Darnold (third), Josh Allen (seventh), Josh Rosen (tenth), and Lamar Jackson (32nd).[12] In his first season, the team finished 5–11, last place in the NFC East. The following year, Gettleman traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, which caused controversy among fans and the media.[13] Gettleman also drafted Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick, ahead of Dwayne Haskins,[14] who many observers felt was a better choice. This, however, turned out to not be the case, as Haskins lasted just two seasons in Washington before being released. [15] With Jones at the helm starting in game three, the team finished 4–12. Shurmur was fired after the season in favor of Joe Judge.

The 2020 season was a small improvement for the team, as they finished 6–10, but missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year in Week 17.[16]

In 2021, the Giants started the season 1–5, and by Week 14 were guaranteed a losing record for the fifth consecutive year and missing the playoffs again.[17] By 2020 and into 2021, Gettleman had been repeatedly criticized by former Giants players as well as fans[18] for his perceived poor draft record, failing to fix the offensive line,[19] including passing on several quarterbacks in the 2018 draft, and lackluster free agent signings, which incudes Golden Tate, who was promptly suspended,[20] and signing Kenny Golladay to a $72-million dollar contract over four years, who struggled.[21]

Gettleman retired following the 2021 season finishing his tenure with the Giants with a 19–46 (.292) record in four seasons.[22] At no point during Gettleman's tenure the Giants have had a winning record or sat over .500.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Gettleman is a Messianic Jew.[24] On June 5, 2018 it was announced Gettleman would undergo treatment for lymphoma,[25] which was described as being "in complete remission" that July.[26] He and his wife Joanne have three children, Aaron, Sam, and Ana.


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  5. ^ "Bio: Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman". The Charlotte Observer. January 9, 2013. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "2015 Carolina Panthers Statistics & Players". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
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  8. ^ "Dave Gettleman Relieved of GM Duties by Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson". Bleacher Report. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
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  10. ^ "Giants Hire Vikings Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur As Next Head Coach". si.com. ABG-SI LLC. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
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  13. ^ Daniels, Tim. "Odell Beckham Jr. Traded to Browns from Giants for Draft Picks, Jabrill Peppers". Bleacher Report. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  14. ^ "2019 NFL Draft Listing". pro-football-reference.com. Sports-Reference, LLC. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
  15. ^ "Will New York Giants regret picking Daniel Jones over Dwayne Haskins?". nfl.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved November 14, 2021.
  16. ^ Traina, Patricia. "New York Giants Eliminated from Playoffs as Washington Tops Philadelphia, 20–14". Sports Illustrated New York Giants News, Analysis and More. Retrieved November 23, 2021.
  17. ^ Katz, Josh; Quealy, Kevin; Taylor, Rumsey (October 7, 2021). "How the New York Giants Can Make the 2021 N.F.L. Playoffs". The New York Times. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  18. ^ Leonard, Pat. "Ex-Giant Scott Simonson blasts Dave Gettleman: 'atrocious GM and not a good person'". nydailynews.com. Tribune Media Company. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  19. ^ Valentine, Ed (December 23, 2021). "4 major mistakes of the Dave Gettleman era as Giants GM". Big Blue View. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  20. ^ Dunleavy, Ryan (January 4, 2022). "Hog Follies: The many missteps of Dave Gettleman's Giants tenure". nypost.com. NYP Holdings, Inc. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  21. ^ "Giants WR Kenny Golladay confused by lack of playing time: 'I should be playing ... that's a fact'". NFL.com. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  22. ^ "Dave Gettleman announces retirement; Giants to begin search for next GM". Giants.com. January 10, 2022.
  23. ^ "Giants haven't had a winning record at any point in the last five years". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved September 27, 2022.
  24. ^ "Carolina Panthers' General Manager Finds Peace in Christ". Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  25. ^ "Giants GM Dave Gettleman diagnosed with lymphoma". NFL.com.
  26. ^ Sessler, Marc. "Dave Gettleman's cancer in 'complete remission'". nfl.com. NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved December 22, 2021.

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