Bears' statement to the STH

In a letter to Bears' season ticket holders and the 4th Phase:

We are excited to announce that an agreement has been reached with Phil Emery today to become the team’s fifth general manager in franchise history. Phil joins the Bears after spending 14 seasons in the NFL, including the last three as the Kansas City Chiefs Director of College Scouting.

This will be Phil’s second stint with the Bears after working as an area scout from 1998-2004. During that time the Bears drafted Pro Bowler’s Marty Booker, Jerry Azumah, Brian Urlacher, Mike Brown, Charles Tillman, Lance Briggs, Tommie Harris, and Nathan Vasher. From 2004-08, Emery served as the Director of College Scouting for the Atlanta Falcons where two of the three Falcons first round draft picks developed into Pro Bowlers.

The Michigan native is a 31-year football veteran, starting his career serving as a student assistant at his alma mater, Wayne State, before joining Central Michigan as a graduate assistant (1981-82). He went on to become the offensive line/strength and conditioning coach at Western New Mexico for three seasons (1982-84) before becoming a defensive line coach at Georgetown College from 1984-85. Phil served as the defensive line and strength and conditioning coach at Saginaw Valley State from 1985-87 before joining Tennessee as the Volunteers assistant strength and conditioning coach from 1987-91. He made his last collegiate stop as the Director of Strength and Conditioning Services and as an Associate Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy (1991-98).

A press conference will be held on Monday, January 30 at 2:00 pm CT at Halas Hall. The press conference will be carried live on

Exclusively for Season Ticket Holders: Phil will be participating in a Bears Interactive Fan Conference Call in March. We encourage you to take part in this special event where you will be able to ask questions directly to Phil and listen to him discuss the upcoming season live on the phone. Details regarding this live conference call will be provided in the coming weeks.

Please join us in welcoming Phil back to Chicago!

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