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Friday, May 19, 2006

Seahawks Add Webster as VP of Player Personnel

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have hired Ruston Webster to serve as Vice President of Player Personnel, the club announced Friday afternoon.

In this role, Webster will work directly with President of Football Operations Tim Ruskell and oversee the day-to-day management of the pro personnel and college scouting departments.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to add Ruston to our scouting operation,” said Ruskell. “I’ve known Ruston for close to 20 years and he is as hard-working and talented a personnel man as there is in the business. He will make our organization better.”

Webster joins the Seahawks after serving all 19 of his years in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he worked with Ruskell from 1988-2003. Prior to his promotion to director of player personnel last season, he served the previous four seasons (2001-04) as the Buccaneers’ director of college scouting where he proved to be instrumental in helping piece together a team that won the franchise’s first Super Bowl title, a 48-21 victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Webster joined the Buccaneers in 1988 as the team’s scout for the northeastern United States. From 1989-91, he served as the clubs director of pro personnel. In 1992, he returned to the field as Tampa Bay’s scout for the Southern states and shifted to the Midwest region in 1993 and the Southwest region from 1995-2000.

Before joining the Buccaneers, Webster was the tight ends/safeties coach at Tulsa University in 1987. In 1986, he was a graduate assistant at Alabama under former Buccaneer head coach Ray Perkins. Webster also served as a graduate assistant at Southwestern Louisiana in 1985.

Webster earned his bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from the University of Mississippi. A native of Madison, Mississippi, he and his wife, Gayle, have a daughter Hannah and sons Jacob and Drew.


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