The Browns made some announcements in the past couple of days, most notably Paul Warfield's retirement from the team's front office.
Here are the releases from the team:
Browns make changes in personnel department
The Cleveland Browns today announced several changes in their personnel department. John Spytek, who joined the Browns in January 2010, was named Director of College Scouting. Pat Roberts, the team’s director of college scouting last year, will serve as senior national scout, a position similar to the one he held his first four years with the Browns, from 2005-08. The team added Johnathon Stigall as an area scout after he served in a similar role with the Philadelphia Eagles the last four years. In addition, Paul Warfield, who had served as the Browns’ senior advisor to the general manager since 2004, has decided to retire from the Browns’ front office.
Before joining the Browns, Spytek spent his previous five seasons in the Eagles’ personnel department, including the last three as a college/pro scout. He spent the 2006 season as Philadelphia’s college scouting assistant and 2005 as an intern in the pro personnel department. He also spent the 2004 season as an intern in the Detroit Lions’ football operations department. Spytek attended the University of Michigan, where he lettered four seasons at linebacker. He is a native of Pewaukee, Wis.
Stigall served as the Eagles’ Midwest scout after joining the club in 2006. He spent the 2000-05 seasons in a similar role with the Miami Dolphins. Stigall got his start in the NFL as an intern in the player personnel department of the Chicago Bears in 1999. A four-year letterman as a running back at DePauw University in Greencastle Indiana (1995-98), Stigall earned his degree in sports science with a minor in education. He is the school’s fourth all-time leading rusher with 2,415 yards on 532 carries. He also is tied for second all-time with 41 touchdowns.
Browns host seat selection event June 12
The Browns will open the gates to Cleveland Browns Stadium on Saturday, June 12, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., for a unique Select-A-Seat event. Fans can personally select their seat for season tickets or partial season tickets for the 2010 season. The best available seats will be tagged for purchase. Ticket plans start at just $99 and flexible payment options are available. Admission and parking are free. Fans should enter through BrownsTown located on the north side of the Stadium and park in the North Port Authority lot. For more information contact (440) 824-3434 or www.ClevelandBrowns.com.
Browns LB Fujita supports restoration of Louisiana's eroding coastline
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and the America’s WETLAND Foundation (AWF) have teamed up to heighten awareness and build support for restoring Louisiana’s eroding coastline. AWF is launching a text-messaging drive to support volunteer planting and restoration projects in Louisiana’s marshes after the oil spill.
Fujita, formerly with the New Orleans Saints, donated $12,500 to AWF for plantings in April and is a strong supporter of coastal restoration. He recently taped a public service announcement that urges supporters to “Give Now” by texting “Isupport wetlands” to 20222, then replying “yes” when asked for confirmation of their $10 donation (note no space between “I” and “support”). A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Messaging and data rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the America’s WETLAND Foundation by the Mobile Giving Foundation. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to short code 20222; Reply HELP to 20222 for help. Donations can also be made online at www.americaswetland.com and click on the “Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund” link.
All donations will go directly to support the work of the America’s WETLAND Conservation Corps (AWCC), an LSU Ag Center-based AmeriCorps program that will manage volunteers and plantings in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill.
“These wetlands, already endangered due to coastal erosion, need all of us to pitch in to save this internationally important habitat,” Fujita said. “Please join me to save this threatened area. Now, more than ever, it is critical to protect America’s WETLAND.”
Updates can also be found at www.scottfujita.com.