Tom Donahoe

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Not to be confused with Tom Donahue.

Tom Donahoe is a former general manager of the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. Since 2012, he has acted as a senior advisor for the Philadelphia Eagles.


Donahoe was born and raised in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon. He is a grandson of longtime Pittsburgh mayor and Pennsylvania Governor David L. Lawrence. He was "director of football operations" (GM) for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1991 to 1999.[1] In what was largely seen as a power struggle between himself and head coach Bill Cowher, Donahoe left the team following the 1999 season.[2]

In 2000, Donahoe took on a job at for the following year.[3]

Before the 2001 season, Donahoe was selected to replace John Butler as general manager of the Buffalo Bills, as well as take over the position of team president from a retiring Ralph Wilson.[3] Wilson, while still maintaining ownership of the team, wanted to step aside from the day-to-day operations of the franchise, and chose Donahoe to take his place.[citation needed]

After the 2005 season, Donahoe was fired. The team had been 31–48 during his tenure with the team from 2001 to 2005, and he drafted only three players[4] who would go on to make the Pro Bowl with the team.

Ralph Wilson re-assumed the role of president,[5] and the general manager position was filled by former Bills head coach Marv Levy.[6]

Since 2012 he has been a senior advisor to the Philadelphia Eagles.[7]


  1. ^ "Steelers' architect resigns". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Associated Press. 2000-01-15. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  2. ^ Cook, Ron (2001-01-12). "It's Cowher vs. Donahoe again". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  3. ^ a b "N.F.L.: Roundup; Bills Name Donahoe G.M. and President". The New York Times. 2001-01-11. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  4. ^ All in 2001
  5. ^ "Buffalo Bills fire Donahoe". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 2006-01-05. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  6. ^ Staba, David (2006-01-06). "Pro Football; With Levy, Bills Begin Anti-Youth Movement". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
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