- Full Name Ryan Pace
- Occupation Former football player, General manager
- Nationality American
- Birthplace Flower Mound, Texas, USA
- Birth Date Feb 17, 1977
- Age 46 Years, 3 Months
Ryan Pace | BiographyAt 37 years, Pace became the youngest general manager in the NFL
On 8 January 2015, he was hired as the general manager of the Chicago Bears on a five-year contract. Three years later, on 2 January 2018, the Bears extended his contract through the 2021 season because of his remarkable performance.
Ryan Pace is the general manager of the NFL team, Chicago Bears. He joined the Bears in 2015. He previously spent 14 seasons in the front office of the New Orleans Saints.
Who is Ryan Pace?
Ryan Pace (born 17 February 1977) began his professional career in 2001 as a coaching intern at the New Orleans Saints. There, he supported the coordination of game day, training camp, and stadium operations. Pace then served as a scouting assistant in the New Orleans personnel department between 2002 and 2003.
After that, he worked as a pro scout from 2004 to 2006, when he evaluated free agents and collegiate players entering the NFL Draft. He also scouted upcoming opponents during that time.
In 2007, Pace was appointed as the director of pro scouting, the role he served for six seasons. During that time, he recommended player acquisition, monitored all transactions, assessed player talent from other professional leagues, and directed advance scouting of future opponents, among other duties.
In 2013, he became a director of player personnel with the Saints. Pace spent his final two seasons with the team, managing its college and pro scouting operations. The Saints compiled a 115-93 (.553) record during Pace’s 13 seasons in the New Orleans personnel department from 2002 to 2014.
On 8 January 2015, he was hired as the general manager of the Chicago Bears on a five-year contract. At 37 years, Pace became the youngest general manager in the NFL and the sixth general manager in franchise history when he joined the Bears. Three years later, on 2 January 2018, the Bears extended his contract through the 2021 season because of his remarkable performance.
Pace hired Matt Nagy as the 16th head coach of the Chicago Bears on 8 January 2018. Some of Pace’s notable Bears’ NFL draft picks included Eddie Goldman (second round 2015), Cody Whitehair (second round 2016), Eddie Jackson (fourth round, 2017), and Roquan Smith (first round, 2018).
In 2019, Pace was honored as the Executive of the Year by the Sporting News, becoming the third Bears general manager to earn the title. Before him, George Halas in 1956 and Michael McCaskey in 1985 won the award.
Education and Collegiate Career
Pace graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Eastern Illinois University in 1999. During his college years, he played college football as a defensive end from 1995 to 1999 and worked as a team captain in his senior season.
He is married to his wife, Stephanie. They have one daughter named Cardyn. His wife is an Illinois native, and his father-in-law and brother-in-law are Bears supporters.
Pace’s salary and net worth have not been disclosed. However, his primary source of income is through his career as a football coach and manager.