Vinny Cerrato

Vinny Cerrato is the former Executive Vice President for Football Operations (General Manager) for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League[1] and actor in the feature film Kindergarten Ninja.[2][3]


Playing career

Cerrato played college football at Iowa State University, where he played quarterback and wide receiver.

University of Minnesota

Cerrato started his career as a graduate assistant for the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 1983 to 1984, and he was promoted to recruiting coordinator in 1985, before leaving for Notre Dame.

Notre Dame

Before the NFL, Cerrato served as the football recruiting coordinator under Lou Holtz at the University of Notre Dame. During that time, the Irish played in four Bowl games and won the 1988 NCAA National Championship.

San Francisco 49ers

Cerrato was with the San Francisco 49ers for nine seasons. He joined San Francisco in 1991 as a scout and became the team's director of college scouting in June 1992, helping to draft players including Ted Washington, Ricky Watters, Dana Stubblefield and Bryant Young. In 1994, the 49ers were the Super Bowl XXIX championship team. In February 1995, Cerrato was promoted to director of player personnel, overseeing all college scouting and draft activities as well as pro scouting of NFL players and opponents.

First stint with Redskins

Cerrato was hired by the Redskins in 1999. During this time, he acquired older big name stars like Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, Irving Fryar, Jeff George, and Mark Carrier. He was then fired by Marty Schottenheimer in 2001. During his brief hiatus from the Redskins, Cerrato worked for ESPN as a college analyst.

Second stint with Redskins

Cerrato was subsequently rehired by Daniel Snyder in 2002 as Vice President for Football Operations. The Redskins posted a cumulative 52-65 regular season won–loss record during this second stint.

On Thursday, December 17, 2009, the Redskins announced that Cerrato had resigned as Executive Vice-President of Football Operations. When asked whether Cerrato was offered another position in the Redskins front office, owner Daniel Snyder stated simply that it was "time to move on." Cerrato has since been doing a sports talk radio show in Baltimore Md, 105.7 the fan.


  1. ^ "Washington Redskins hire Bruce Allen after Vinny Cerrato, VP of football operations, resigns". December 17, 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  2. ^ "Kindergarten Ninja (Video 1994)". September 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
  3. ^ "Vinny Cerrato's First Ninja Scene". February 11, 2009. Retrieved 2011-09-22.
Preceded by
Charley Casserly (as GM)
Washington Redskins Director of Player Personnel
Succeeded by
Marty Schottenheimer (as head coach with control over player personnel)
Preceded by
Joe Mendes
Washington Redskins Vice President of Player Personnel
Succeeded by
Bruce Allen (as General Manager)
1995 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1995 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 46th year with the National Football League, and 50th season of overall existence.

Fresh from their trip to the Super Bowl, the 49ers lost cornerback Deion Sanders to Dallas and running back Ricky Watters to Philadelphia. Despite a mediocre 5–4 start, the 49ers went 11–5 and for the fourth straight time, they repeated as NFC West champions. The 49ers finished the season as the league's top scoring offense, averaging 28.6 points per game. They also finished number one in total defense, surrendering just 275 yards per game, along with being the top rushing defense and finishing second in points allowed. However, a stunning 27–17 loss to Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Game stripped the 49ers of their title defense. This would be the first of three consecutive seasons that the Packers ended the 49ers' season.

Jerry Rice had his best season, catching a career-high 122 receptions along with 1,848 receiving yards and 15 total touchdowns.

It was also the final season the 49ers wore their Super Bowl era uniforms.

1996 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1996 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 51st since its inception. In commemoration, the 49ers wore a special 50th anniversary patch. They also wore a new uniform reminiscent of the 1994 throwback uniforms with white pants and shadowed numbers, but with a darker shade of red and an updated logo. The franchise tied for first place in the NFC West with a 12–4 record, but lost the division title to the Carolina Panthers on the division-record tiebreaker (the Panthers had swept the Niners in the season). The Niners were 3rd in the league in points scored and 4th in fewest points allowed.

Although the team was competitive the entire season, nagging and recurring injuries to offensive players and an inconsistent running game contributed to a what was considered a disappointing season. After a 14–0 Wild Card victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, the 49ers were defeated by the Green Bay Packers in the divisional playoffs 35–14. It would be George Seifert's final season as the 49ers' head coach and also the final San Francisco season for defensive coordinator Pete Carroll.

1997 San Francisco 49ers season

The 1997 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 48th year with the National Football League. The franchise appeared in the NFC Championship Game for the fifth time in the 1990s. This season marked their last appearance in the NFC title game until the 2011 season. The team's playoff run was ended by the Green Bay Packers for the third straight year.

1999 Washington Redskins season

The 1999 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 68th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 63rd in Washington, D.C. The team improved on their 6–10 record from 1998 to 10–6. They succeeded to the extent of reaching their first postseason appearance since 1992 and beating the Lions in the first week of the playoffs, before losing to the Buccaneers by a single point in the divisional playoff round. The season would also be the first for new team owner Daniel Snyder. It would be the final season that the Redskins have qualified for the playoffs in the 1990s and for the next five seasons, the team fell out of contention. They returned to the playoffs in 2005.

2000 Washington Redskins season

The 2000 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 69th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 64th in Washington, D.C.. They failed to improve on their 10–6 record from 1999 and they went 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

Norv Turner, in his sixth season as the Redskins head coach, was fired the day after Week 14, in which they went 7-6. He was replaced by Terry Robiskie for the final two games.

This was the final season the Redskins wore the screen printed name and numbers on jerseys.

The off-season dominated when owner Dan Snyder acquired veteran free agents Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders and Mark Carrier. Smith would remain with the Redskins until 2003 while both Carrier and Sanders left the team at the end of the season, though Sanders returned to play for the Baltimore Ravens in 2004.

The season is notable for the Redskins drafting future Pro Bowlers Lavar Arrington and Chris Samuels with the second and third overall picks respectively in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

2002 Washington Redskins season

The 2002 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 71st season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 66th representing Washington, D.C. They failed to improve on their 8–8 record from 2001 and finishing at 7-9. For cornerback Darrell Green, this was his 20th and final season with the team.

2004 Washington Redskins season

The 2004 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 73rd season in the National Football League.

They improved on their 5–11 record from 2003 to 6-10, but missed the playoffs. It was also the season of Joe Gibbs’ return as head coach after coming out of retirement. The team acquired running back Clinton Portis in a trade that sent Champ Bailey to the Denver Broncos in the 2004 off-season.

2005 Washington Redskins season

The 2005 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 74th season in the National Football League and the second season under head coach Joe Gibbs. The team improved on their 6–10 record from 2004 and finished 10-6. The Redskins placed 2nd in the NFC East. Washington earned their first playoff berth since 1999.

In their return to the postseason, the Redskins defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the opening round, but a loss to the Seattle Seahawks the following week ended their season. The Seahawks went on to become NFC Champions.

This season is the last season to date in which Washington won a playoff game. They have gone 0–4 in playoff games since, losing three of them (including in this 2005 season) to Seattle.

2006 Washington Redskins season

The 2006 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 75th season in the National Football League, and was the third season for coach under Joe Gibbs since his return to the team in 2004.

The team had posted a 10–6 record and a postseason berth the previous season (up from 6–10 in 2004). In 2006, however, the Redskins posted only five wins and finished last in the division.

The 2006 Redskins set an NFL record for fewest takeaways in a (non-strike) NFL season, with only twelve.

Albert Lea, Minnesota

Albert Lea is a city in Freeborn County, in the southeastern part of the State of Minnesota. It is also the county seat. Its population was 18,016 at the 2010 census.The city is at the junction of Interstates 35 and 90, about 90 miles (140 km) south of the Twin Cities. It is on the shores of Fountain Lake, Pickerel Lake, Albert Lea Lake, Goose Lake, School Lake, and Lake Chapeau. Fountain Lake and Albert Lea Lake are part of the Shell Rock River flowage.

The city's early growth was based on agriculture, farming support services and manufacturing, and it was a significant rail center. At one time it was the site of Cargill's headquarters. Other manufacturing included Edwards Manufacturing (barn equipment), Scotsman Ice Machines, Streater Store fixtures, and Universal Milking Machines. As in many U.S. towns, Albert Lea's manufacturing base has substantially diminished. A longtime center of the city's job opportunity was the Wilson & Company meatpacking plant, later known as Farmstead and Farmland. This facility was destroyed by fire in July 2001.

Bruce Allen (American football)

Bruce Allen is an American football executive who is the team president of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). Previously, Allen served as general manager for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2004–2008) and Redskins (2010–2014). He got his NFL start as a senior executive with the Oakland Raiders (1996–2003). He is also the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame coach George Allen and brother of former Virginia governor and United States Senator George Allen.


Cerrato may refer to:

Elda Cerrato (born 1930), Argentine artist, and Professor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires

Rodrigo de Cerrato (1259–1276), Castilian historian and hagiographer

Vinny Cerrato, the former Executive Vice President for Football Operations for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League

Daniel Snyder

Daniel Marc Snyder (born November 23, 1964) is a businessman who is the majority owner of the Washington Redskins American football team, founder of Snyder Communications and primary investor in Red Zebra Broadcasting, which is home to the Redskins Radio ESPN.

Jason Campbell

Jason S. Campbell (born December 31, 1981) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn. Campbell also played for the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals.

Kevin Barnes (American football)

Kevin Barnes (born September 15, 1986) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at the University of Maryland. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Detroit Lions.

Mike Shanahan

Michael Edward Shanahan (born August 24, 1952) is an American football coach, who was the head coach for the Los Angeles Raiders, Denver Broncos, and Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL) for a total of 20 seasons. During his 14 seasons with the Broncos, he led the team to consecutive Super Bowl victories in XXXII and XXXIII, which were the franchise's first two NFL titles.

Sherman Lewis

Sherman Lewis (born June 29, 1942) is an American football coach and former player, most recently an offensive consultant and offensive play-caller for the Washington Redskins of the NFL. He spent thirty-four years as a coach, but had been out of football since the end of the 2004 season before joining the Redskins mid-way into the 2009 season, where he replaced head coach Jim Zorn as the team's offensive play-caller after the sixth game of the season. He attended Michigan State University as an undergrad and later received his graduate degree from Michigan State in education administration.

Lewis began his football career at Michigan State as a halfback. He was named to the College Football All-America Team and finished third behind winner Roger Staubach and runner-up Billy Lothridge for the Heisman Trophy in 1963. His professional playing career included parts of the 1964 and 1965 seasons with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He also played the 1966 and 1967 seasons with the New York Jets of the American Football League (when the AFL was absorbed by, but not yet merged with, the National Football League).

After a brief career as a professional football player, he was hired as an assistant coach for the football team at his alma mater, Michigan State, from 1969 through 1982. He went on to become the running backs coach for Bill Walsh, under whom the San Francisco 49ers won three Super Bowls. Subsequently, in 1992, he became the offensive coordinator for Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Holmgren.

On October 6, 2009, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder announced that Lewis had come out of retirement to serve as an offensive consultant for the team under head coach Jim Zorn. On October 19, ESPN reported that Redskins General Manager, Vinny Cerrato, had taken away play calling duties from Zorn and given them to Lewis. Zorn & Cerrato were both fired following the 2009 season. Lewis was not retained by the replacement coaching staff.


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