(1938 - )
Ron Wolf is the former American football general manager (GM) of the NFL's Green Bay Packers, and played a significant role in personnel operations with the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders from 1966–1975, and again from 1978–1990. He joined Green Bay's front office in November 1991 from a personnel director's job with the New York Jets.
He was responsible for assembling the 1996 Green Bay Packers, a team that would defeat the Bill Parcells' coached New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI, giving Green Bay its first World Championshp since the 1960s. He first took part in building the successful Raider teams of the 1970s and early 1980s.
With the Raiders, he took part in drafting such notable players as Art Shell, Gene Upshaw, Ken Stabler, and Jack Tatum, all of whom would play for the Super Bowl XI Championship team in 1976, and later such players as Howie Long, Marcus Allen, and Matt Millen, all of the Super Bowl XVIII Championship team, the then-Los Angeles Raiders.
With the Green Bay Packers, he hired head coach Mike Holmgren and traded for then Atlanta Falcons backup quarterback Brett Favre. Wolf also signed free-agent Reggie White, bringing in a team leader and defensive superstar. This signing, in NFL free agency's first year, also made Green Bay a more desirable destination for future potential free agents.
Over his nine-year term as GM, the Packers compiled a 92-52 record, good for a .639 winning percentage, second in the NFL over that span to the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers won Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots, lost in Super Bowl XXXII to the Denver Broncos, and made the playoffs six straight times. Wolf announced he would retire as Packers GM in February 2001. He stayed on through the April NFL draft and officially retired as Packers GM in June 2001. Afterwards the Packers head coach at that time, Mike Sherman, assumed his duties as GM.