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Bob Ackles
Vice President/General Manager

On August 10, 2000, the XFL named Bob Ackles the inaugural Vice President/General Manager of the Las Vegas Outlaws. Ackles is responsible for the formation and construction of the Outlaws’ front-office staff, with every aspect of the team’s operations - football competition, marketing, ticketing, public relations, operations and administration - reporting to Ackles. His 15 years of experience on NFL Player Personnel staffs and 48 years of professional football experience also make him an invaluable resource for Outlaws Head Coach Jim Criner and Director of Player Personnel Don Gregory.

Ackles, one of the most widely respected executives in the National Football League, joined the XFL after five seasons with the Miami Dolphins, where he served as the team’s Director of Football Operations. Ackles’ primary concern in Miami were contract negotiations, as well as other scouting, personnel and administrative responsibilities on the pro and collegiate levels. He arrived in Miami from the Philadelphia Eagles, where he served as Director of Football Administration in 1995. He had spent the three previous seasons in the Arizona Cardinals' front office, first as that club's Director of College Scouting from 1992-93 and then as Assistant General Manager in 1994.

Ackles first joined the NFL ranks in 1986 when he was named as the Cowboys' first-ever Vice President of Pro Personnel. Three years later, Ackles was promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel and helped begin the Cowboys' dramatic resurgence as an NFL power. His efforts to acquire talent through several trades, waiver acquisitions, and Plan B free agency provided an infusion of top draft picks and players. Those efforts were rewarded in 1991 when, following an 11-5 regular season, Dallas earned a berth in the playoffs, setting the stage for the first of their consecutive Super Bowl wins the following season.

Prior to joining the Cowboys, Ackles spent 11 years as General Manager of the Canadian Football League's British Columbia Lions. Under his leadership, the Lions became one of the winningest teams in the CFL, moved into a new stadium, and built a training facility. In his last season with B.C., the Lions won the Grey Cup, the CFL's equivalent of the Super Bowl.

Ackles, born on September 16, 1938, first joined B.C. as a waterboy at the age of 15 and over the next 34 years performed virtually every administrative duty in the organization, from equipment manager to general manager. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the CFL in 1986 when he was presented with the Schenley Award, becoming the first non-player in league history to receive the award, which symbolizes excellence in football in Canada.

A native Canadian who gained American citizenship in 2000, Ackles was born in Sarnia, Ontario, near the United States border. Raised in Toronto and Vancouver, British Columbia, he played organized football and hockey (goalie), and later coached two years of high school football in Vancouver.

Bob and his wife, Kay, reside in Green Valley. They have two married sons, Steve (38), and Scott (35, also the Outlaws’ Director of Operations), and three grandchildren, Robert (18), and twins Ashley and Kyle (15). Their fourth grandchild is expected on February 3, 2001 – the XFL’s Inaugural Weekend.


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