From the very top of the NFL
, the league's owners, to the absolute bottom, the laundry room and ball boys, the NFL is about who you know.
Not what you know.
Jeff Ireland, the Dolphins
' general manager, served as a ball boy with the Chicago Bears
as a child. He became a scout because his grandfather was an NFL executive.
He landed his present position because Bill Parcells
was impressed with him in Dallas, and brought him to Miami.
Ireland retained his position because former Kansas City Chiefs
executive Carl Peterson, who is buddies with Dolphins owner Steve Ross, once hired him, and subsequently endorsed him to Ross.