Ray Anderson to leave NFL post

NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson announced Wednesday that he was stepping down from his post at the end of the 2013 season.

"I have been involved in many different aspects of the NFL -- as an agent, club executive, and league executive," Anderson said in a statement. "I have always enjoyed new challenges and the time is right for me to evolve into the next phase of my career. I appreciate the opportunity commissioner [Roger] Goodell gave me and the support I have enjoyed from a great staff."

Anderson joined the NFL's football operations department in 2006 from the Atlanta Falcons, where he was an executive vice president and chief administrative officer for four seasons.

He has been a driving force in enforcing Goodell's safety initiative to eliminate helmet-to-helmet hits from the NFL.

"Ray's wide-ranging experience in football has played an important role in our football operations," Goodell said in the statement. "Ray has been a strong contributor, always focusing on our key priorities. His engaging personality helped smooth the edges of many a difficult issue. We appreciate Ray's contributions and know he will be successful in his next venture."

Before joining NFL management, both at the team and league level, Anderson started his own sports agency, AR Sports, in 1987, representing coaches and players. AR Sports merged with Octagon in 2001.