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Charles Way Leaves Giants for NFL Head Office: Charles Way, the New York Giants Director of Player Development since 2000, is leaving the team to join the NFL office as the head of the league’s Player Engagement Department. Way was a fullback for the Giants from 1995-1999 until a knee injury forced his retirement. In five seasons, the Way rushed for 1,356 yards, caught 118 passes, and scored 14 touchdowns.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to continue to advance the initiatives of the Player Engagement Department,” said Way. “I am thankful to (former Giants General Manager) Ernie Accorsi for envisioning the importance and significance of the role I have had with the Giants and grateful for the support of John Mara, Steve Tisch, Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin in implementing and developing the programs we have instituted. We will continue to build on the foundation of NFL Player Engagement that has been established over the past 25 years.”

With the Giants, Way developed and managed off-field player programs, rookie orientations, and player counseling. He also advised the players regarding career planning, educational opportunities, and team and professional requirements. Way coordinated player activities in support of the public relations and community relations programs. He was instrumental in devising new programs for the Giants,  including leadership training, professional development, and team building. Way even helped coach the team’s running backs and fullbacks.

“We appreciate the contributions Charles has made here with the Giants, and we know he will bring the same commitment and energy and passion to player engagement at the league level,” General Manager Jerry Reese said. “Our players over the years have benefitted from the programs and initiatives Charles has implemented, and Charles’ concern for their well-being and his efforts to prepare them for their lives after football is one of the reasons players feel good about this organization.”

“We wish Charles well,” Head Coach Tom Coughlin said. “He wanted to be included in everything, and I think the opportunity to include him as almost one of the football staff was beneficial. He knew what we were thinking about individual players, and he got to know the players from the time they came out of college into the professional game and as they developed professionally. Because he was able to build relationships with the players, they had great respect for him and what he was trying to achieve, and they knew that everything he did was in their best interest.”

Giants.com Q&A with WR Odell Beckham: The video of a Q&A session with WR Odell Beckham, Jr. is available at Giants.com.

Inside Football Q&A with RB Andre Williams: The transcript of a Q&A session with RB Andre Williams is available at InsideFootball.com.

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