Seahawks exec Alonzo Highsmith leaves to be U of Miami GM of football ops

May 26, 2022, 2:32 PM


Seahawks helmets on the sideline before a preseason game against the Chargers. (John McCoy/Getty Images)

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Alonzo Highsmith is back with the Miami Hurricanes, with the university announcing Thursday that the former player and NFL executive is its new general manager of football operations. Highsmith has most recently been with the Seattle Seahawks organization in the front office.

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The University of Miami did not disclose hiring terms.

Highsmith has spent nearly 30 years in NFL front offices, the majority of that time with the Green Bay Packers’ player personnel department from 2012-17. He also was vice president of personnel for the Cleveland Browns in 2018 and 2019 and most recently was a scouting executive with the Seahawks starting in 2020.

Highsmith rushed for the touchdown that put Miami ahead to stay in its 31-30 win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl following the 1983 season for the Hurricanes’ first national championship.

He was drafted third overall by the Houston Oilers in 1987, one of three Miami players — No. 1 Vinny Testaverde and No. 9 Jerome Brown being the others — who were taken in the first nine picks of that year’s NFL Draft.

Highsmith is a Miami native and played four years for the Hurricanes under Howard Schnellenberger and Jimmy Johnson.

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