Tom Modrak, former Eagles GM and Steelers scout, dies at 74
Tom Modrak, a longtime NFL executive who served as the Philadelphia Eagles’ general manager from 1998 to 2001, died from a neurological disease Tuesday night. He was 74.
Modrak spent more than 20 years in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ scouting department before the Eagles hired him away. During Modrak’s time as Philadelphia’s general manager, the team drafted quarterback Donovan McNabb No. 2 overall in 1999 and hired head coach Andy Reid the same season.
McNabb and Reid guided the Birds to five NFC championship game appearances in the 2000s.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Tom Modrak,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “Tom was a well-respected executive throughout the league and we are thankful not only for the contributions he made to this organization, but also the impact he had on the entire football and scouting community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
After the Eagles fired him in 2001, Modrak spent 10 years in the Bills’ scouting department from 2001 to 2011. He served as the executive director of the BLESTO scouting service from 2012 to the time of his death.
“Tom Modrak was an integral part of our personnel team for more than 20 years,” Steelers owner Art Rooney II said in a statement. “He then came back to BLESTO in recent years and continued to make important contributions. He helped the Steelers organization in many different ways throughout his career, all of which are greatly appreciated.”
Modrak is survived by his wife, Sandy, and his two daughters, Stephanie and Erin, according to the Eagles.
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