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In their news release announcing Tom Telesco as their new GM, the San Diego Chargers included comments from Bill Polian and Tony Dungy who worked with the Colts.
“I’m thrilled that Tom has been named the general manager of the Chargers,” said Polian, now an ESPN analyst. “He is a first-rate executive, a first-rate football man and a first-rate person. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for over 20 years. I can assure you and assure all Chargers fans that he will do a great job for them.”
“I had the privilege of working with Tom for seven years in Indianapolis,” said Dungy, who works for NBC. "He is a great football man, but also a great person. He understands the game. He knows what good players look like. He is just very adept at identifying them and finding them. More than that, I think he understands what makes a good organization. I think he is going to be fantastic for the Chargers. I’m excited for Tom and excited for the Chargers organization.”
It's not yet clear what Colts general manager Ryan Grigson will do to replace Telesco, who was promoted to vice president of football operations last year.
The four highest-ranking men under Grigson now are director of football administration Mike Bluem, director of college scouting T.J. McCreight, associate director of pro personnel Kevin Rogers and pro scouting coordinator Andrew Berry.
In a news release from the Colts, Grigson was also effusive in his praise of Telesco.
“I cannot say enough about Tom Telesco and I speak for everyone in this building," Grigson said. "Despite him being here for 14 seasons prior to our new regime, Tom bought in from Day 1, and the professionalism he showed on a daily basis never wavered. We developed a strong bond during this special season and I will forever be grateful for having him at my side since Jan. 11th. He was instrumental in our success this year, and I couldn’t have asked for a better right-hand man.
"He helped lay our foundation of a new era, and was a living example in every area of his duties of the mantra Coach (Chuck) Pagano preached from Day 1 in terms of 'Trust, Loyalty & Respect.' I don’t know a finer football man/person than Tom Telesco. He is very deserving of this privilege, and the San Diego Chargers are in great hands. On behalf of the entire Colts organization we wish Tom, Larah and his children nothing but the best as they begin this new journey together.”