38 year old John Schneider is an NFL General Manager. The De Pere native is leaving the Packers to take the GM job with the Seattle Seahawks. Schneider has been in NFL personel for 17 years, most of that time over two stints with the Packers. He was first hired as a summer intern in 1992 and after several years, moved to front office jobs in Kansas City, Washington and one year in Seattle working under current Packers GM Ted Thompson and former coach Mike Holmgren in 2000. Schneider returned to the Packers and was promoted from personel assistant to director of football operations in 2008. He's been a valuable member of Thompson's staff in Green Bay, offering a keen eye and savvy opinion on both college and pro talent. In Seattle, he'll be on an even tier with newly hired head coach Pete Carroll. In a statement issued by the Packers, Thompson thanked Schneider for his service to the organization and wished him well with the Seahawks.
Both Green Bay first round draft choices made quite an impact their rookie season. B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews were named to the Pro Football Writers and Pro Football Weekly NFL All-Rookie Team. After shaking off a lingering ankle sprain, Raji demonstrated some burst in helping the Packers to the number one rushing defense and Matthews turned in an All-Pro effort his first year. He led the team in sacks with 10, recovered three fumbles and made a memorable big play splash at the Metrodome, stripping Adrian Peterson of the ball and racing in for a touchdown. Raji is just the 4th Green Bay defensive lineman named to the PFWA/PFW All Rookie team and the first since Vonnie Holliday in 1998. Matthews joins quite a list of first year linebackers to make the All Rookie squad, past honorees include John Anderson in 1978, Brian Noble in '85, Wayne Simmons in '93, Na'il Diggs in 2000, Nick Barnett in '03 and A.J. Hawk in 2006.