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Kevin Byrne
Senior VP, Public and Community Relations

Biography

Kevin Byrne, an integral part of the franchise for 36 years, oversees the Ravens’ public and community relations departments. Over the course of his NFL career, he has started team marketing, TV and website departments. His duties have also included contract negotiations, directing the team’s marketing department and serving on committees to interview and select Ravens head coaches. The league’s longest-tenured PR chief, Byrne has also provided media relations assistance at 25 Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls at the NFL’s request.

— Highlights —

1996-2016: (with Baltimore) 2016: Invited by the NFL to present at the League’s GM Workshop (June), with a focus on developing a communication strategy as a general manager – both with the media and within a franchise. 2014: Invited by the NFL to present to front office executives and assistant coaches at the league’s annual Career Development Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. 2013: On Feb. 3, the Ravens defeated San Francisco, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII, capturing the franchise’s second-ever Lombardi Trophy. 2012 & 2010: Led by Byrne, the Ravens’ PR staff was honored with the annual Pete Rozelle Award by the Professional Football Writers of America...The national award is given to the NFL PR team that consistently strives for excellence in its service for and relationships with the media. 2008: Joined a committee of eight to interview and help select head coach John Harbaugh. 2007: Invited by The Baltimore Sun to be the keynote speaker at the annual High School Athletes of the Year banquet. 2006: Was invited by the NFL for the second time (2004) to speak to NFL coaches about media relations. 2005: Gave a second presentation (2003) to front office executives at the NFL’s career-enhancement seminar at Stanford. 2004: Was promoted to senior vice president of public & community relations. 2001: Along with Francine Lubera, co-wrote “Super Journey: Diary of the Ravens World Championship Season” following the Super Bowl XXXV victory on Jan. 28, 2001. 1998: Served on a committee to select Brian Billick as head coach.

1981-95: (with Cleveland) The Browns were the first NFL team to produce their own preseason games and weekly TV shows (1984).

1979-81: (with Trans World Airlines) Was director of public affairs.

1977-78: (with St. Louis Cardinals) Joined the NFL as the then-youngest PR director in the league.

1974-77: (with Marquette) Was the sports information director for his alma mater...Worked with the legendary Al McGuire and the Warriors’ 1977 NCAA basketball National Championship team.

1971-74: (with U. of Missouri-St. Louis) His first job was as the SID for the Rivermen.

— College —

Byrne earned his degree in journalism from Marquette University (1971), where he was selected to Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society...He was a four-year member of Marquette’s wrestling team...In April 2012, Byrne accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquette’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the university’s annual alumni awards ceremony...The honor acknowledged Byrne’s excellence, faith, leadership and service throughout his distinguished career

 

— Personal —

Attended St. Edward (Lakewood, OH) HS, where he is a board member and former chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees...Named the St. Edward Alumnus of the Year (2000)...Byrne is on the board and is former chair of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake and has hosted the annual Gridiron Halloween party for 17 years...Kevin and his wife, Sally, have four children: daughter, Shannon (Kenyon College, master’s from Loyola College and doctorate from Fairleigh Dickinson), and sons, Sean (Boston College and master’s in writing from Southern Cal), Tim (Maryland Institute College of Art) and Conor (Boston College)...Tim and his wife, Jen, have a son (Wyatt, 6).

Kevin Byrne, an integral part of the franchise for 36 years, oversees the Ravens’ public and community relations departments. Over the course of his NFL career, he has started team marketing, TV and website departments. His duties have also included contract negotiations, directing the team’s marketing department and serving on committees to interview and select Ravens head coaches. The league’s longest-tenured PR chief, Byrne has also provided media relations assistance at 25 Super Bowls and two Pro Bowls at the NFL’s request.

— Highlights —

1996-2016: (with Baltimore) 2016: Invited by the NFL to present at the League’s GM Workshop (June), with a focus on developing a communication strategy as a general manager – both with the media and within a franchise. 2014: Invited by the NFL to present to front office executives and assistant coaches at the league’s annual Career Development Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. 2013: On Feb. 3, the Ravens defeated San Francisco, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII, capturing the franchise’s second-ever Lombardi Trophy. 2012 & 2010: Led by Byrne, the Ravens’ PR staff was honored with the annual Pete Rozelle Award by the Professional Football Writers of America...The national award is given to the NFL PR team that consistently strives for excellence in its service for and relationships with the media. 2008: Joined a committee of eight to interview and help select head coach John Harbaugh. 2007: Invited by The Baltimore Sun to be the keynote speaker at the annual High School Athletes of the Year banquet. 2006: Was invited by the NFL for the second time (2004) to speak to NFL coaches about media relations. 2005: Gave a second presentation (2003) to front office executives at the NFL’s career-enhancement seminar at Stanford. 2004: Was promoted to senior vice president of public & community relations. 2001: Along with Francine Lubera, co-wrote “Super Journey: Diary of the Ravens World Championship Season” following the Super Bowl XXXV victory on Jan. 28, 2001. 1998: Served on a committee to select Brian Billick as head coach.

1981-95: (with Cleveland) The Browns were the first NFL team to produce their own preseason games and weekly TV shows (1984).

1979-81: (with Trans World Airlines) Was director of public affairs.

1977-78: (with St. Louis Cardinals) Joined the NFL as the then-youngest PR director in the league.

1974-77: (with Marquette) Was the sports information director for his alma mater...Worked with the legendary Al McGuire and the Warriors’ 1977 NCAA basketball National Championship team.

1971-74: (with U. of Missouri-St. Louis) His first job was as the SID for the Rivermen.

— College —

Byrne earned his degree in journalism from Marquette University (1971), where he was selected to Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society...He was a four-year member of Marquette’s wrestling team...In April 2012, Byrne accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquette’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the university’s annual alumni awards ceremony...The honor acknowledged Byrne’s excellence, faith, leadership and service throughout his distinguished career

 

— Personal —

Attended St. Edward (Lakewood, OH) HS, where he is a board member and former chairman of the school’s Board of Trustees...Named the St. Edward Alumnus of the Year (2000)...Byrne is on the board and is former chair of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake and has hosted the annual Gridiron Halloween party for 17 years...Kevin and his wife, Sally, have four children: daughter, Shannon (Kenyon College, master’s from Loyola College and doctorate from Fairleigh Dickinson), and sons, Sean (Boston College and master’s in writing from Southern Cal), Tim (Maryland Institute College of Art) and Conor (Boston College)...Tim and his wife, Jen, have a son (Wyatt, 6).

 
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