Green Bay Packers President and CEO, Mark Murphy, will be the main speaker at the 48th Annual Red Smith Sports Award Banquet, according to Banquet Chairman, Mike Reese. He will address a crowd of over 1300 youth sports backers on Tuesday, January 15,2013, at 6:30pm, inside the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in downtown Appleton, Wisconsin.Murphy is in his fifth year leading one of the NFL’s most successful organizations both on the field and off. During this time the team has a 54-28 record, made three straight trips to the playoffs and was victorious in Super Bowl XLV. He continues to grow the clubs bottom line and enhance the fan experience at Lambeau Field, which is continually ranked among the best in sports.Murphy, who holds a law degree and an MBA in finance, enjoyed an eight-year playing career (1977-84)’with the Washington Redskins, where he was an All-Pro safety. Under these Joe Gibbs led years the Redskins made two Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XVll. Murphy was a co-captain on tho se teams. His finest season came in 1983 where he led the NFL with nine interceptions and All-Pro honors. He was named one of the Redskins “70 Greatest Players” and is also a member of the clubs 50th Anniversary Team.After his playing career Murphy, worked for 16 years as Athletic Director at Colgate University and later Northwestern University. He was also an assistant executive director of the NFL Players Association and a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He was also a part of the Commissioner’s Player Advisory Committee and still sits on the NFL Youth Football Committee.
On December 3, 20O7, Murphy became the Green Bay Packers 10th Chief Executive Officer. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the time said “Mark’s rare blend of experiences make him integral to the future of the Packers and the NFL, his accomplishments as an NFL player, his work with the NFLPA, and now his leadership of the Packers, provide a unique perspective to the league and also to the players.”