News | Feb. 27, 2019

Former NFL executive speaks during Black History Month program on DSCR

By Leon Moore DLA Aviation Public Affairs

National Football League executive and former player Reginald McKenzie was the guest speaker for Defense Logistics Agency Aviation’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity’s Black History Month program held in the Frank Lotts Conference Center on Defense Supply Center Richmond, Virginia, Feb. 20.


McKenzie expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to address the workforce.


“To be in this type of environment is truly an honor,” he said.


He then went on to share his life’s journey, from earning a football scholarship to playing at a big time college program, to being drafted into the NFL, to rising to be one of only a handful of African-American executives in the league.


“Without football, I don’t know how quickly or if I would’ve ever gotten to this place in my life,” McKenzie said.


He was recently hired by the Miami Dolphins as their senior personnel executive. Before this, he served as general manager of the Oakland Raiders and director of player personnel for the Green Bay Packers. McKenzie played linebacker for the Raiders during his playing days.


This year’s BHM theme is “Black Migrations.” The program was held in conjunction with the Planning Process Directorate.