Vikings Exec Retires in Shake-Up
Apr. 25, 2002
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) _ Frank Gilliam, a top personnel man for most of his 31 years as an executive with the Minnesota Vikings, is retiring amid a reorganization of the team's front office.
Rob Brzezinski will become vice president of football operations, the Vikings announced Thursday. The position was held by former head coach Dennis Green until his firing in January.
Scott Studwell was promoted to director of college scouting. Gilliam, 68, will retire when his contract expires May 31, but will continue working with the team for the next two years as senior consultant for player personnel _ primarily as an evaluator of college talent.
``This is a mutual agreement between the club and me,'' Gilliam said in a news release provided by the team. ``The Vikings have offered me the opportunity to stay on as a consultant and I look forward to remaining active in that role.''
Gilliam joined the Vikings in 1971 and became vice president of player personnel in 1994. He gained a league-wide reputation as an astute talent evaluator and was instrumental in selecting several of the Vikings' key players over the past few years, including receiver Randy Moss and tackles Korey Stringer and Todd Steussie.