It is quite possible to work without results, but rest assured, never will there be results without work.
Rod Graves is entering his first season with the Fritz Pollard Alliance as Executive Director. He joined the FPA after spending 37 years with the National Football League. His experience includes serving in a number of executive positions in the NFL including Senior Vice President, Football Administration at the National Football League and General Manager of the Arizona Cardinals.
Graves’ primary duties as Executive Director will be to set organizational and policy initiatives, to oversee the development of programs that support the mission of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, to guide fundraising and sponsorship efforts, to govern day-to-day operations, set strategic objectives, to ensure the viability of the FPA, and to promote the brand and good-will of the Fritz Pollard Alliance.
Graves, 60, began his career in professional football in 1982 as an area scout for the Philadelphia Stars of the United States Football League. He joined the National Football League in 1984 as a regional scout for the Chicago Bears, a position he held until promoted to director of college scouting in 1993. In 1994, he was promoted to director of player personnel.
In 1997, Graves joined the Arizona Cardinals as Assistant to the President. He was promoted to Vice President, Football Operations in 2003 and was named General Manager in 2007 with departmental responsibility for operations, strategic planning, budgeting, player acquisitions, contract negotiations, and scouting. During his tenure as GM, he served as one of the longest-tenured personnel decision makers in the NFL. In February of 2010, he was rewarded for his role in shaping the team into back-to-back division champions when he received a contract extension.
In February of 2011, Graves received the Paul “Tank” Younger Award from the Fritz Pollard Alliance. The annual honor is given to an individual who displays outstanding work, on and off the field, in leveling the playing field for minorities in the NFL.
In 2013, Graves joined the New York Jets as Senior Director of Football Administration. He was later asked to join the National Football League in 2015 as Senior Vice President of Football Administration and Club Services.
Consistent with his commitment to service, Rod and his wife Dreama, devote their time and resources to supporting charitable organizations such as The United Way and The American Diabetes Association.
Rod is a graduate of Pace University. He is also the son of the late Jackie Graves, former player personnel executive of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rod and Dreama reside in Bethesda, MD. They have three children: daughters, Brittany & Taylor, and son, Joshua.