David Gettleman did not see it coming. Amidst contract negotiations, and after a four-year tour of duty with the Carolina football organization, Gettleman was fired by then-owner Jerry Richardson. Gettleman was not out of work for long. He was hired by the Giants to help rebuild the franchise. David Gettleman was instrumental in orchestrating Odell Beckham Jr.’s contract extension as well as selecting Saquon Barkley as the 2nd pick in the 1st round of the NFL draft. Both decisions were focused on helping develop an offense that has b07een more than lacking in luster.
Mr. Gettleman is not new to New York. In the 1970’s and early ’80’s Gettleman was the head coach of the Spackenkill High School Football team in Poughkeepsie, New York where he was also a teacher. He took Spackenkill High to two league titles. Years later, he was hired by the New York Giants in 1998 and was promoted to Pro Personnel Director the next year.
In June, Gettleman announced that he was diagnosed with lymphoma and has been undergoing treatment. As a result, Mr. Gettleman has not traveled to the team’s away games, but he is making the trip to his old stomping grounds in Carolina where we hope he will be greeted with a warm welcome. However, there is speculation that an on field or former locker-room visit may not be received as well as he hopes by players and fans. This would be the result of a man who approached contract negotiations with a business-like mentality and fiscal responsibility; qualities that can tune out the personal relationships with the players involved. Not everyone appreciates the role of a man who is charged with running the business of a professional football team. But at the end of the day, that is what this is: a business. And Mr. Gettleman seems to be good at it.
We wish you a quick recovery, Sir.