Washington Commanders Name Attorney Dave Gardi as SVP Football Initiatives

Washington Commanders Name Attorney Dave Gardi as SVP Football Initiatives

The Washington Commanders have announced the naming of Dave Gardi as the team’s senior vice president of football initiatives.

Gardi joins the Commanders after working at the NFL League Office for 21 years. He held the role of senior vice president of football operations for 10 years. Prior to his role as senior vice president of football operations, he served as the League’s vice president of labor relations and football administration. Gardi started at the League Office as counsel in 2003.


Gardi will handle a number of in-game management duties and will support the coaching staff and front office on compliance with League protocols, officiating trends and health and safety guidelines.


“I’m excited to welcome Dave Gardi to the Washington Commanders,” said General Manager Adam Peters. “Dave has been one of the most highly regarded executives at the NFL League Office and is someone with an immense knowledge of the game. He will be an invaluable resource to our front office as we continue to usher in a new era of Washington Commanders football. It’s my pleasure to welcome Dave and his family to the DMV.”


As the NFL’s Senior Vice President of Football Operations, Gardi played a pivotal role in the development of policies and procedures that helped control the competitive balance and integrity of the game. He also helped oversee all of the League’s rules administration on game day.

Prior to his role with the football operations department at the NFL League Office, Gardi advised clubs on matters related to the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, including players contracts, salary cap, club discipline, League policies, and workers compensation.


A Sayville, N.Y. native, Gardi played quarterback for four years at Brown. He earned a BA in political science while at Brown. Gardi also earned a Doctor of Law degree from Hofstra University. While earning his law degree at Hofstra, Gardi assisted his father, Joe Gardi who was the head coach of the Hofstra football program.