Interesting look at another “typical” operations career path.
STARKVILLE — Andrew Warsaw landed an attractive gig in December 2016.
He had anticipated that he may soon be in need of one, because Purdue was undergoing a staff turnover. But before he formally accepted the job as one of only two directors of game operations for the NFL, Warsaw made a phone call.
That was to Joe Moorhead. At the time, Moorhead was in his first season as Penn State’s offensive coordinator and was a popular name on the hot boards of some media outlets covering searches for new head football coaches.
Warsaw asked Moorhead during the call if Moorhead was going to take a job.
“Because if you are, I’m not going (to take the NFL job),” Warsaw said. “If you’re not this year, then I’m going.”
As Warsaw recalled the exchange, Moorhead responded by telling Warsaw he wasn’t leaving State College and that they’d possibly revisit this conversation the following year.
Warsaw, 32, trusted Moorhead’s word, accepted the NFL job and moved to Connecticut. He was a liaison of the league for teams, spent six weeks in London while planning for the NFL’s international games there and helped coordinate team logistics for last year’s Super Bowl. And when it comes to the behind-the-scenes stuff that few people ever think about — picking out teams’ hotels, selecting teams’ practice sites and securing airplanes, buses and rental cars — Warsaw is linked to Sunday’s Super Bowl in Minnesota as well.
He won’t be there though, because he is now in Starkville. Warsaw was one of the first hires Moorhead made and, as Mississippi State’s director of football operations, was the only new staffer to be involved with the TaxSlayer Bowl (Warsaw is actually still working with former interim coach Greg Knox on ring designs).
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