Philadelphia Eagles VP of Football Operations Catherine Raîche

Catherine Raîche: Remember the Name

Courtesy of the Minnesota Vikings, the Eagles’ VP of Football Operations is reportedly the first woman to be requested for an NFL GM interview.

Philadelphia Eagles Vice President of Football Operations Catherine Raîche is reportedly due to make history with the Minnesota Vikings.

And all they have to do is talk.

The Vikings have requested permission to interview Raîche for their vacant general manager position, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and others. It is believed that Raîche would be the first woman to ever interview for such a job in the history of the NFL.

The move comes after an 8-9 season for the Vikings, who cleaned house earlier this week by firing both head coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman. The Vikings are one of three teams searching for a new general manager, along with the New York Giants and Chicago Bears. 

After being promoted last May, Raîche is the highest-ranking woman in any current NFL front office. She joined the Eagles in 2019 as a football operations and player personnel coordinator, but her roots trace back to her native Montreal, where she was a member of the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes organization from 2015-17. There, she went from coordinator of football administration to assistant general manager.

She also spent two years with the Toronto Argonauts as their director of football administration. 

If Raîche were to be hired, she’d instantly become the youngest active NFL general manager at just 33 years old. Currently the Browns’ Andrew Berry (34) — another alum of the Eagles’ front office — currently holds that title.

Raîche would also become the second woman to hold a general manager position in NFL history. Susan Tose Spencer, daughter of former Eagles owner Leonard Tose, served as Philadelphia’s interim GM from 1982 through 1985. 

This weekend, Raîche’s Eagles face off against the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Currently, Philly is a +8.5 underdog heading into the weekend.

Who is Catherine Raîche?

Home town: Montreal, Quebec
Alma mater: Université de Sherbrooke
: Vice President of Football Operations
Franchise: Philadelphia Eagles

Previous employers:

  • Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts, Tampa Bay Vipers

Football milestones:

  • 2015: Became first woman to be hired as a CFL personnel executive since 1988
  • 2021: After being named Eagles VP of Football Ops, became highest-ranking woman in NFL personnel history

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