NFL Analyst and Former NFL Executive
With over 20 years of NFL executive experience, Scott Pioli is regarded as one of the league’s top executives with a proven history in player personnel evaluation, salary cap management and contract negotiating. Pioli currently provides a unique perspective in front of the camera, offering his audience insider knowledge of the makings of a championship team. In 2013, Pioli joined Football Night in America, NBC’s NFL studio program as a regular contributor as well as Pro Football Talk, NBC Sports Network’s daily NFL program.
Pioli was most recently the General Manager for the Kansas City Chiefs. In only his second season with the Chiefs, the club orchestrated the franchise’s greatest single-season turnaround and won the AFC West with a 10-6 record. It was Kansas City’s first division title and home playoff appearance since 2003.
Pioli joined the Chiefs after serving as the Vice President of Player Personnel with the New England Patriots. During his nine-year tenure in New England (2000-08), the Patriots compiled an NFL-best 102-42 (.708) regular season record, won Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX, claimed the Lamar Hunt Trophy four times as AFC champions, and won six AFC East titles.
Pioli is a five-time winner of ‘NFL Executive of the Year’ honors from national media outlets. In addition, he was named the George Young ‘NFL Executive of the Year’ by The Sporting News following the 2003 and 2004 seasons, an award voted on by other NFL executives. To date, Pioli is the youngest individual ever to win that accolade and is just the third person to win that honor in consecutive seasons. Pioli was named the ‘Executive/ Personnel Man of the Decade’ by both ESPN and The Sporting News. Sports Illustrated also named him the ‘#1 GM/Pro Sports Executive of the Decade’ beginning in 2000.
Prior to his seven-year stint as New England’s Vice President of Player Personnel (2002-08), he held the titles of Director of Player Personnel (2001) and Assistant Director of Player Personnel (2000) for the Patriots.
Pioli played defensive tackle at Central Connecticut State (1983-87), where he was a three-time Division II All-New England selection and graduated with a degree in Communications. From 1988-89, he served as a Graduate Assistant at Syracuse University, where he also earned a Master’s Degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Pioli then took a full-time coaching opportunity at Murray State, where he spent one season as the offensive line coach (1990) and one season as the defensive line coach (1991). He left the coaching ranks to join the Browns personnel department in 1992.
He currently resides in Kansas City, MO, with his family.