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Steve Keim
General Manager

Biography

NOTE CARDS:

• After 15 seasons working within the Cardinals personnel department, was elevated to GM on January 8, 2013

• In Keim’s first season as GM, the Cardinals doubled their win total from the previous season (5-11 to 10-6) and the five-game improvement matched the team’s best ever (4-12 in ’97 to 9-7 in ’98).

• Was selected as the 2013 NFL Executive of the Year by both the readers and staff of Pro Football Talk.

• In the period between Keim’s hiring and the end of the 2013 season, the Cards made 193 roster moves and turned over more than half the roster. Of the 53 players on the team’s final 2013 roster, 28 (52.8%) were not with the team in ‘12.

• Of the NFL’s eight first-year GMs in 2013, Keim was one of just three whose team posted a 10+ win season. The others: Carolina’s Dave Gettleman (12-4) & Kansas City’s John Dorsey (11-5). Only four of the eight had winning records in year one.

NOTE CARDS:

• After 15 seasons working within the Cardinals personnel department, was elevated to GM on January 8, 2013

• In Keim’s first season as GM, the Cardinals doubled their win total from the previous season (5-11 to 10-6) and the five-game improvement matched the team’s best ever (4-12 in ’97 to 9-7 in ’98).

• Was selected as the 2013 NFL Executive of the Year by both the readers and staff of Pro Football Talk.

• In the period between Keim’s hiring and the end of the 2013 season, the Cards made 193 roster moves and turned over more than half the roster. Of the 53 players on the team’s final 2013 roster, 28 (52.8%) were not with the team in ‘12.

• Of the NFL’s eight first-year GMs in 2013, Keim was one of just three whose team posted a 10+ win season. The others: Carolina’s Dave Gettleman (12-4) & Kansas City’s John Dorsey (11-5). Only four of the eight had winning records in year one.

Steve Keim was promoted to General Manager on January 8, 2013 after 15 seasons in the Cardinals organization.

Keim’s first year on the job was a particularly busy one as the team executed 193 roster moves between the time he took over and the end of the season. Of the 53 players on the Cardinals’ final 2013 roster, 28 (52.8%) were not with the team in 2012.

It was also a very successful year for Keim, who was selected as NFL Executive of the Year by both the readers and staff of Pro Football Talk after helping lead one of the greatest one-year turnarounds in franchise history.

Following a 5-11 season in 2012, the Cardinals finished with a 10-6 record in 2013. That five-win improvement equaled the best one-year turnaround in franchise history in a 16-game season (4-12 in ’97 to 9-7 in ’98).

The 41-year old Keim originally joined Arizona in May, 1999 as a college scout in the east. He was promoted to Director of College Scouting in 2006, Director of Player Personnel in 2008, and then was promoted to Vice President, Player Personnel in May, 2012.

In his time with the team, Keim and the Cardinals have been commended for their successful draft classes, especially in recent years. Pro Bowlers Patrick Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Darnell Dockett and Justin Bethel were acquired through those drafts, as were standouts such as Calais Campbell, Michael Floyd, Tyrann Mathieu and Andre Ellington. Of the 33 different players who started a game for Arizona in 2013, 17 were either drafted by the Cardinals or signed as undrafted rookie free agents. Arizona enters the 2014 season with 27 of the team’s draft picks on the roster, with Fitzgerald and Dockett the longest tenured going back to the 2004 NFL Draft. The Cardinals will enter ’14 training camp with 45 players who joined the team either as draft picks or undrafted rookie free agents.

Keim attended Red Land High School near Harrisburg, PA and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from North Carolina State 1995. A two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection as a guard at N.C. State, Keim started 36 consecutive games at left guard for the Wolfpack. He was named the offensive freshman of the year in 1991 and was the ACC Player of the Week following the team’s victory over Maryland in November, 1994. During a standout senior season where he was also a captain, Keim was named the N.C. State offensive line MVP and won the Jim Ritcher Award for the highest graded offensive lineman in addition to being named third team All-American from Gameplan magazine.

Keim had a brief stint in pro football as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins (1996) and Edmonton Eskimos (1997) of the Canadian Football League before returning to coach at N.C. State.

He served as assistant strength and conditioning coach at his alma mater for two years, assisted the recruiting coordinator with evaluations, and served as a liaison to NFL personnel wishing to scout Wolfpack football players.

Keim resides in Chandler, AZ with his wife, Kimberly, daughter Sloane, and sons Carson, Brady and Warner.

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