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John Spanos
Executive Vice President of Football Operations

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John Spanos enjoyed quite a first season as the Chargers Executive Vice President of Football Operations. The Bolts returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and won an AFC Wild Card Playoff game in Cincinnati to advance to the Divisional Round where they faced eventual AFC Champion Denver in the first-ever playoff meeting between the two teams.

Spanos was elevated to his current post in 2013 and he immediately put his fingerprints on the organization as he was a key member of the selection committee that was responsible for the hiring of both General Manager Tom Telesco and Head Coach Mike McCoy.

As executive vice president of football operations, Spanos works closely with team President Dean Spanos in overseeing the football operations of the Chargers. He represents the team at all league and management council meetings, while continuing to play a role in player personnel, evaluation of pro and college players, as well as assisting in player contract negotiations and managing the salary cap.

With Spanos helping guide the direction of the football team, the Chargers have strived to build through the draft, while selectively bringing in some top-tier free agents, most notably running backs Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown, outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, left tackle King Dunlap and most recently, former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers.

Spanos has risen through the ranks of football operations for the Chargers and the 2014 season will mark his 19th year in the NFL and his 16th with the team. Prior to ascending into his current role as executive vice president of football operations, Spanos worked his way up as a pro and college scout (2003-05), assistant director of college scouting (2006-07) and director of college scouting (2008-12), and he currently serves on the board of directors for National Football Scouting. During Spanos’ tenure as director of college scouting, the Chargers added a number of players through the draft who have played key roles in the Bolts’ return to prominence. They include running back Ryan Mathews, linebacker Donald Butler, safety and special teams ace Darrell Stuckey, defensive ends Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes, outside linebacker Melvin Ingram and tight end Ladarius Green.

In his current role as executive vice president of football operations, Spanos is still one of the key decision makers when it comes to the draft and he’s one of a select few in the team’s “war room” on draft day. With Spanos’ input, the 2013 NFL Draft brought another outstanding group of players to San Diego that included D.J. Fluker, Manti Te’o and two-time NFL Rookie of the Year recipient Keenan Allen.

Spanos first started working for the Chargers in 1995. While in high school, he worked summers as an assistant in the team’s football operations office. From 1998-00 he worked under the direction of Ed McGuire, who schooled him in contract negotiations and managing the salary cap.

Spanos has continued to work closely with McGuire and they have done a tremendous job managing the salary cap while retaining some of the team’s top players. This includes negotiating lengthy contract extensions for several All-Pro players, including quarterback Philip Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates, center Nick Hardwick and running back LaDainian Tomlinson. This offseason, the Chargers again made headlines by re-signing both Donald Butler and Darrell Stuckey to multi-year contracts, supporting the team’s philosophy of retaining its own key players.

In addition to his work with McGuire, Spanos served two stints in the NFL’s Management Council office from 2001-03. It is the department in New York that is responsible for drafting, negotiating and enforcing the League’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. There he learned a wide range of League procedures, including reviewing new player contracts and assisting in the League’s salary cap reconciliation process.

In 2008, Spanos further expanded his business acumen when he was among a select list of NFL executives invited to participate in the NFL’s Executive Education Program at the Stanford Business School in Palo Alto, California.

Locally, Spanos serves on the Athletics Board at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), where the Chargers held training camp for 27 seasons from 1976-02.

Spanos’ achievements have been recognized beyond the reach of the National Football League. In June 2010, he was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” Greek-Americans by Greek America Magazine. The acknowledgment came in recognition of his achievements in both business and community leadership.

Spanos was born in Stockton, California. He attended The Bishop’s School in La Jolla where he lettered in football as a wide receiver and defensive back. He also lettered in golf and basketball, and was a member of three CIF championship teams. After Bishop’s, Spanos attended Wake Forest University, graduating with a degree in business.

John and his wife, Jodie, reside in La Jolla.              

John Spanos enjoyed quite a first season as the Chargers Executive Vice President of Football Operations. The Bolts returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 and won an AFC Wild Card Playoff game in Cincinnati to advance to the Divisional Round where they faced eventual AFC Champion Denver in the first-ever playoff meeting between the two teams.

Spanos was elevated to his current post in 2013 and he immediately put his fingerprints on the organization as he was a key member of the selection committee that was responsible for the hiring of both General Manager Tom Telesco and Head Coach Mike McCoy.

As executive vice president of football operations, Spanos works closely with team President Dean Spanos in overseeing the football operations of the Chargers. He represents the team at all league and management council meetings, while continuing to play a role in player personnel, evaluation of pro and college players, as well as assisting in player contract negotiations and managing the salary cap.

With Spanos helping guide the direction of the football team, the Chargers have strived to build through the draft, while selectively bringing in some top-tier free agents, most notably running backs Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown, outside linebacker Dwight Freeney, left tackle King Dunlap and most recently, former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers.

Spanos has risen through the ranks of football operations for the Chargers and the 2014 season will mark his 19th year in the NFL and his 16th with the team. Prior to ascending into his current role as executive vice president of football operations, Spanos worked his way up as a pro and college scout (2003-05), assistant director of college scouting (2006-07) and director of college scouting (2008-12), and he currently serves on the board of directors for National Football Scouting. During Spanos’ tenure as director of college scouting, the Chargers added a number of players through the draft who have played key roles in the Bolts’ return to prominence. They include running back Ryan Mathews, linebacker Donald Butler, safety and special teams ace Darrell Stuckey, defensive ends Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes, outside linebacker Melvin Ingram and tight end Ladarius Green.

In his current role as executive vice president of football operations, Spanos is still one of the key decision makers when it comes to the draft and he’s one of a select few in the team’s “war room” on draft day. With Spanos’ input, the 2013 NFL Draft brought another outstanding group of players to San Diego that included D.J. Fluker, Manti Te’o and two-time NFL Rookie of the Year recipient Keenan Allen.

Spanos first started working for the Chargers in 1995. While in high school, he worked summers as an assistant in the team’s football operations office. From 1998-00 he worked under the direction of Ed McGuire, who schooled him in contract negotiations and managing the salary cap.

Spanos has continued to work closely with McGuire and they have done a tremendous job managing the salary cap while retaining some of the team’s top players. This includes negotiating lengthy contract extensions for several All-Pro players, including quarterback Philip Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates, center Nick Hardwick and running back LaDainian Tomlinson. This offseason, the Chargers again made headlines by re-signing both Donald Butler and Darrell Stuckey to multi-year contracts, supporting the team’s philosophy of retaining its own key players.

In addition to his work with McGuire, Spanos served two stints in the NFL’s Management Council office from 2001-03. It is the department in New York that is responsible for drafting, negotiating and enforcing the League’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. There he learned a wide range of League procedures, including reviewing new player contracts and assisting in the League’s salary cap reconciliation process.

In 2008, Spanos further expanded his business acumen when he was among a select list of NFL executives invited to participate in the NFL’s Executive Education Program at the Stanford Business School in Palo Alto, California.

Locally, Spanos serves on the Athletics Board at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), where the Chargers held training camp for 27 seasons from 1976-02.

Spanos’ achievements have been recognized beyond the reach of the National Football League. In June 2010, he was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40” Greek-Americans by Greek America Magazine. The acknowledgment came in recognition of his achievements in both business and community leadership.

Spanos was born in Stockton, California. He attended The Bishop’s School in La Jolla where he lettered in football as a wide receiver and defensive back. He also lettered in golf and basketball, and was a member of three CIF championship teams. After Bishop’s, Spanos attended Wake Forest University, graduating with a degree in business.

John and his wife, Jodie, reside in La Jolla.              

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