Pro Football Hall Of Fame Hires Anthony Muñoz As First Chief Football Relationship Officer

CANTON, OHIO ANTHONY MUÑOZ, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame since being enshrined in his first year of eligibility in 1998, was announced as a Hall of Fame today Chief Football Relationship Officera new staff position.

In this role, Muñoz will be primarily responsible for liaising with current and potential business partners and sponsors, engaging in philanthropic efforts for the Hall of Fame, and joining others within the organization in promoting its mission and initiatives through the media support financially.

He will report directly to the President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Jim Porter.

“I look forward to taking on this role and I do so with great humility,” Muñoz said. “The Hall is about the game of football, about people. … Everything that’s included in the Hall of Fame is why I’m excited to be part of this team.”

Porter said Muñoz will help open doors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as she seeks to build relationships and expand her reach nationally.

“Anthony’s personality and footballing credibility are perfectly suited to this new position,” said Porter. “He’s widely regarded as one of the best offensive tackle players in the NFL. He understands the demands of the game and what it takes to become a Hall of Famer. As the founder of the Anthony Muñoz Foundation, he also understands the nonprofit world and what it takes to achieve and sustain excellence in this environment. He will be a great addition to his newest team – and his Canton teammates look forward to working with him.”

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A first-round pick for the Cincinnati Bengals and the third player overall to be selected in the 1980 NFL draft after an All-American career at the University of Southern California, Muñoz turned pro immediately. He demonstrated a combination of agility, speed, and strength that few had demonstrated or matched decades later.
His steadfast tackle game helped the Bengals win three AFC Central Division titles and two AFC Championships (1981, 1988) during his 13-year career (1980-1992).

Elected to 11 consecutive Pro Bowls, Muñoz was named NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1981, 1987 and 1988. He is a member of the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1980s and the NFL 100 All-Time Team. In 1991 he was named NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Upon learning of Muñoz’s hiring ahead of the news release, members of the Hall of Famer Advisory Committee responded with unanimous praise.

STEVE BIG said the hall “couldn’t have picked a better one” based on Muñoz’s position in the game. “He has the spirit and the demeanor” to succeed in the new role, he said.

“Anthony Muñoz is an excellent choice for Chief Football Relationship Officer,” he said WARREN MOON. “Anthony is held in high esteem and respect in the Hall of Famers. He is intimately familiar with Hall’s interactions, having served on the board and many other committees over the past decade. Leadership skills are his greatest asset.”

Added BRUCE MATTHEWS: “There is no man who is generally better received than Anthony Muñoz.”

Muñoz’s first official day in the new position is June 6th.

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