EX-EAGLE JON RUNYON GOES BACK TO THE FUTURE: VP OF NFL RULES!

By Harry Allison

When former Eagles lineman Jon Runyan gave up his seat in the U. S. Congress from south Jersey, many wondered what his next career move would be.

Wonder no more.

Runyan has been named the NFL’s vice president of policy and rules administration.

That’s a fancy title for a discipline officer governing on-field violations, such as illegal hits.

Runyan, drafted by the Houston Oilers in the fourth round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Michigan, played 207 games in his 14-year NFL career (1996-2009) with Houston/Tennessee, Philly and San Diego.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2002.

After his playing career, Runyan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district, serving from 2011-2015.

Runyan also will oversee the NFL’s inspection of uniforms and protective equipment — you know, those often ridiculous fines for wearing socks too low, among other NFL nitpicks.

“It was my life’s dream to play in the NFL and I am incredibly grateful for the experience those 14 seasons gave me,” Runyan said in a statement. “I am thrilled to once again be a part of the NFL family and give back to the game that gave me so much. I am looking forward to sharing the experiences and lessons I’ve learned on and off the field with fellow NFL personnel, and I am excited for this great opportunity.”

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