The Baltimore Ravens announced Feb. 2 that Eric DeCosta ’93 will become the team’s general manager next season, following the departure of long-time general manager Ozzie Newsome. DeCosta, a Colby overseer, has been with the Ravens since 1998 and is currently the organization’s assistant general manager, a position he’s held since 2012.
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti made the announcement about DeCosta’s promotion during his “State of the Ravens” press conference. Bisciotti had publically declared that DeCosta would be Newsome’s likely successor. “Ozzie will step down as GM and has assured me that he’s not going anywhere and that he will work with me and work with Eric for a smooth transition,” the Baltimore Sun reported.
In a Ravens’ press release, Bisciotti said, “‘everything” about DeCosta makes him confident that he’s ready for the job. … I’ve seen the way he goes about the business, I’ve seen the way he’s embraced technology and analytics and I like working with him.”
DeCosta, a linebacker and football captain for Colby football, was a three-year letter winner for the Mules. Former Coach Tom Austin said DeCosta was “tougher than a bag of hammers,” noting that DeCosta was known for tireless preparation, intellect, and love for the game.
Last October the Colby C Club awarded DeCosta its 2017 Carl Nelson Sports Achievement Award. At the award ceremony, Jake Olkkola, Colby’s Harold Alfond Director of Athletics, said, “Eric is one of the top minds in the NFL,” “His commitment to his family, community, and profession made him an excellent choice for this year’s Carl E. Nelson Athletic Achievement Award.”
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