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Dave Gettleman announces retirement; Giants to begin search for next GM

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East Rutherford, N.J. – Dave Gettleman announced his retirement as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the New York Giants.

Gettleman informed Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch of his intentions within the past few days and announced it Monday morning to the players and coaches in their final team meeting of the 2021 season.

"It was a privilege to serve as the general manager of the New York Giants the last four years and to have spent so many years of my career with this franchise," said Gettleman. "We obviously have not had the on-the-field success I expected, and that is disappointing. However, I have many fond memories here, including two Super Bowl victories, and I wish the team and organization only the best moving forward. There are many good people here who pour their souls into this organization. I am proud to have worked alongside them."

"We would like to thank Dave for his commitment to this franchise," Mara and Tisch said in a joint statement. "He has had a highly accomplished 35-year career in the National Football League. Dave was integral in building three of our Super Bowl teams, including two championship teams, and we wish Dave, his wife Joanne and their entire family all the best in his retirement."

Gettleman re-joined the Giants in 2018 after spending 2013-16 as general manager of the Carolina Panthers. In his four seasons, Carolina was 40-23-1 and won three consecutive NFC South titles. In 2015, Carolina finished an NFL-best 15-1 and advanced to Super Bowl 50. Gettleman has been a part of seven Super Bowl teams, including three winners – the Denver Broncos in 1997, and the Giants in 2007 and 2011.

Gettleman originally joined the Giants in the spring of 1998 as then-pro personnel director Tim Rooney's assistant. He was promoted to pro personnel director in the spring of 1999 upon Rooney's retirement. Gettleman stayed in the position 13 years. In 2012, Gettleman was the team's senior pro personnel analyst.

Gettleman entered the NFL in 1986 with the Buffalo Bills. He became an area scout for the Bills in 1987, and after a year was assigned as the BLESTO scout, a position he held until 1992. From 1992-93, he was a regional scout for BLESTO. In 1994, Gettleman joined the scouting department of the Denver Broncos, where he spent four years as an area scout.

Mara and Tisch said the search for a general manager will begin immediately and will consist of a diverse pool of qualified candidates. Candidates will be announced after each interview is completed.

"This will be a comprehensive search for our next general manager," said Mara. "We are looking for a person who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication abilities, somebody who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player personnel, college scouting and coaching."

Added Tisch, "It is an understatement to say John and I are disappointed by the lack of success we have had on the field. We are united in our commitment to find a general manager who will provide the direction necessary for us to achieve the on-field performance and results we all expect."