Catherine Raiche: Minnesota Vikings make NFL history with first request to interview a woman for general manager position

The Vikings are looking for a new CEO after the team on Monday fired longtime CEO Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer; Minnesota missed the playoffs for the second year in a row, ending the 2021 regular season with a score of 8-9.

The Minnesota Vikings have requested an interview from the Philadelphia Eagles Vice President of Football Operations, Catherine Reich, for their vacant general manager position.

Susan Toes Spencer, who also served as vice president and legal counsel at the Eagles, took over as CEO of the franchise from 1983 to 1985, but after being promoted by her father and former owner Leonard Toes.

Garafolo added that the Vikings also requested an interview from Eagles HR director Brandon Brown.

The Vikings are looking for a new CEO after the team on Monday fired longtime CEO Rick Spielman, who completed his 16 years on the team, and head coach Mike Zimmer. Minnesota missed the playoffs for the second year in a row, ending the 2021 regular season with a score of 8-9.

Reisch was named to her current position as Vice President of Football Operations at the Eagles in May 2021. The current Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry previously held the same position in Philadelphia.

Reisch’s growth in the NFL has been rapid following previous appearances in the Canadian Football League and the XFL. Originally from Montreal, Reisch served as football administration coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes from 2015 to 2017, and in 2017 became the team’s assistant general manager.

Reisch spent 2018 with the Toronto Argonauts as director of football administration. She then briefly served as Director of Football Operations for the Tampa Bay Vipers at the XFL before joining the Eagles in 2019 first as Football Operations Coordinator / Player Personnel.

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