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Friday, January 17, 2014
Starter Pack: Former Packers scout honored

By Rob Demovsky

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- In his first season as the Kanas City Chiefs general manager, former Packers personnel man John Dorsey was named the NFL's executive of the year by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Dorsey, 53, was hired a year ago to help revitalize the Chiefs, who were coming off a 2-14 season, and to work with newly-hired coach Andy Reid on the personnel end of things. The Chiefs went 11-5 and made the playoffs this past season. Dorsey ran the Chiefs' draft and helped engineer the trade that brought quarterback Alex Smith over from the 49ers.

He spent more than 20 years with the Packers and was director of football operations, one of the top positions under general manager Ted Thompson, before leaving for the Chiefs.

This past season was Dorsey's first as an NFL general manager.

“I learned that Ted Thompson was right when he told me, 'There are a lot of people who want that job, but when you sit in that seat, you'll realize how hot it is,'” Dorsey said according to the Kansas City Star. “Every day is a new challenge ... but it's not a job. It's what you live and dream for and the ultimate goal is to restore the pride of the Kansas City Chiefs. Allow those fans who so passionately wanted something ... that's what's neat about it. If you can make the fans proud, that's ultimately the bottom line.”

Dorsey isn't the only former Packers' personnel executive in the spotlight this week. John Schneider, who left Green Bay in 2010 to become the Seattle Seahawks general manager, has his team in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

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