Arizona Cardinals promote Steve Keim to GM
Reporter: Jason Barr, Sports Director
TEMPE (Arizona Cardinals) The 40-year old Keim just concluded his 14th season with the Cardinals after joining the club as a college scout in 1999.
He was promoted to Vice President of Player Personnel in 2012 after previous promotions to Director of Player Personnel in 2008 and Director of College Scouting in 2006.
Keim and the Cardinals have been commended for their successful draft classes, especially in recent years. Pro Bowlers Patrick Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Darnell Dockett, Adrian Wilson and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie were acquired through those drafts. Of the 37 players selected by the Cardinals since 2008, 25 remain with the team and 23 have started at least one game with the Cardinals.
A Harrisburg, PA native, Keim was a two-time all ACC Conference selection as a guard at N.C. State. He started 36 consecutive games at left guard for the Wolfpack, was selected the offensive freshman of the year in 1991 and was a team captain as a senior. He had a brief stint in pro football as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins (1996) and Edmonton Eskimos (1997) of the CFL before returning to N.C. State to work as a strength and conditioning coach as well as assisting the recruiting coordinator with evaluations and serving as a liaison to NFL personnel scouting Wolfpack players.