Gutekunst lands 'dream job' as Packers general manager
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The Green Bay Packers have found its tenth general manager in team history.
But on Brian Gutekunst's first day everyone, including his boss, is still trying to get his name down.
"I've got to practice your name. I'm going to do it more," a smiling Mark Murphy said. "Gutey, Gutekunst."
"Gutey is fine, Gutey is absolutely fine," said Gutekunst with a laugh.
Gutekunst spent 19 years with the Packers as a scout and director of player personnel. Now in his 20th year, he's given complete control over the Packers roster.
"When you get into situations like I am now, I think I look back and that's what gives me confidence is that I've been in so many different spots and I've had to grind it out and that won't stop, that's what this job is," said Gutekunst. "I'm really, really excited about this opportunity. This is an amazing place, there's a standard of excellence here that has been here for a long, long time and I'm really excited to get after this and get back to that level."
It's been a busy few days for Gutekunst. Friday he interviewed for the Packers general manager job, Saturday he was on his way to Houston to interview for the Texans GM vacancy, but before he could get to that interview, at dinner Saturday night, his phone was ringing off the hook. It was Mark Murphy on the other line ready to offer Gutekunst his dream job.
"I tried to ruin his dinner," joked Murphy.
"I tried to be respectful and keep it in my pocket,' said Gutekunst about his cellphone. "I let Mark know on Friday that this was my dream job, that I absolutely love this place. I'm really glad that it came to where we are now."
"I think he's a natural leader, you can see that how people interact with him," said Murphy. "He has a nice calming presence about him. I'm really excited for what he's going to do for this organization."