After playing at Eastern Illinois University, Ryan Pace was hired by the New Orleans Saints as an operations assistant. He worked in scouting and eventually became the director of player personnel. In 2015, he was hired as General Manager of the Chicago Bears.  Pace hired John Fox as the Bears’ head coach in 2015 and then replaced him with Matt Nagy in 2018. When the Bears picked up Khalil Mack from the Raiders, they were able to record a 12–4 season and were atop the NFC North. Pace was named Executive of the Year by the Sporting News. Continued Success proved elusive and in January 2022, the Bears sought out a new General Manager and coach. Pace moved on to the Atlanta Falcons.

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