Scott Pioli (left) was brought to Atlanta by Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff in 2014. The two worked together in New England. (Scott Cunningham / Getty Images)
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Pioli to deliver commencement remarks at his alma mater 

Pioli, 54, will be the featured speaker during the 3 p.m. ceremony where the School of Business and School of Education & Professional Studies degrees will be presented. 

Pioli, who earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at CCSU in 1988, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. 

Over Pioli’s 26-year NFL career he was with the Patriots for three Super Bowl wins in a four-year period. He was vice president of player personnel. His leadership extends well beyond the gridiron as an advocate for education, equality, and the arts through his involvement in a number of philanthropic and community initiatives. 

As the first member of his family to pursue higher education, Pioli founded a number of scholarships geared toward first-generation college students. He and his family also created endowed funds with Billie Jean King’s Women’s Sports Foundation for women who aspire to be football coaches or scouts and a Historically Black Colleges and Universities scholarship for members of Women Leaders in College Sports. 

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Black College Football Hall of Fame; Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality; Women’s Sports Foundation, The Alliance Theater, Women’s Intersport Network for Kansas City; and College for Every Student (CFES), a nonprofit that helps underserved youth prepare for and succeed in higher education.

After serving as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs from 2009-12 he joined the Falcons in 2014. 

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