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Tom Telesco second St. Francis grad to land NFL GM job this week

By Jay Skurski

The road to the NFL goes through ... Athol Springs?

At least it does for the two newest general managers in the NFL.

Earlier today, Tom Telesco was named general manager of the San Diego Chargers. Telesco, 40, was most recently the vice president of football operations with the Indianapolis Colts, an organization he had been with since 1995.

"We set out to find the right person to bring about positive change for the San Diego Chargers," said Charers President Dean Spanos, via the team's official website. "It was a tough decision, but in the end, all signs pointed to Tom. He is highly respected among his NFL peers. His work ethic is extraordinary. He is honest, humble, engaging and an excellent communicator. And, most important, he knows how to build a winning football team."

On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Jaguars named St. Francis graduate David Caldwell as their GM. Caldwell, 38, was at the school at the same time as Telesco, and they both went on to attend John Carroll University in Ohio. Caldwell most recently had served as the Atlanta Falcons' director of player personnel.

"We got our man," Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement on the team's website. "I have a lot of faith in David Caldwell and I can assure our fans that the best days for the Jacksonville Jaguars are in front of us."

Caldwell might be bringing in another St. Francis product to his staff, too. Florida Times-Union reporter Ryan O'Halloran tweeted Tuesday that Caldwell may hire Chris Polian as his pro personnel director.

Caldwell, Polian and Telesco all served together with the Colts under former Bills General Manager Bill Polian.

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