The Los Angeles Chargers on Friday parted ways with Brandon Staley and Tom Telesco.
JoJo Wooden will serve as the Chargers Interim General Manager.
Here are five things to know about Wooden:
1. Time with the Bolts
Wooden has been with the Chargers as the Director of Player Personnel since 2013, overseeing both the team’s college and pro scouting departments.
His job included helping run the draft as well as the NFL’s free agency period.
2. Previous NFL experience
Before joining the Bolts, Wooden spent 16 seasons with the New York Jets, beginning in 1997 as a pro personnel assistant. He served in that position until 1999, when he became a pro scout.
Wooden would work his way up to senior AFC pro scout in 2001 and eventually to assistant director of pro scouting in 2003, before eventually become the director of pro scouting for the Jets from 2004-2006.
And in his final six seasons with the Jets, he held the position of New York’s Assistant Director of Player Personnel before ultimately coming to the Chargers.
3. NFL’s Accelerator Program
Wooden was recently present at the NFL’s Front Office & General Manager Accelerator Program as the Chargers representative at the League Meeting in Dallas.
It was his third time attending the program’s event since its launch in 2022, as he was nominated by the club and then vetted by an NFL selection committee with people from across player personnel, football operations and assistant general manager disciplines for the opportunity to build relationships with club owners and executives ahead of the hiring cycle.
4. College playing career
Prior to starting his NFL front office career, Wooden was an outside linebacker at Syracuse from 1989-1992. He redshirted his first year and played 46 games during his career with the Orangemen.
Syracuse would go on to play in five bowl games during his time with the team, and Wooden started his final two years at Syracuse in which the school posted back-to-back 10-2 seasons and finished ranked in the Top 10.
After graduating from Syracuse, Wooden would spend training camp with the Cardinals in 1993.
5. Family in NFL
During Wooden’s time at Syracuse, he got to play with his older brother, Terry, who would go on to be a second-round pick in the 1990 NFL Draft.
Terry would play nine seasons in the NFL and now has been with the Saints since 2007, currently holding the position of a National Scout in New Orleans.