NFL hires Jon Runyan to serve as disciplinarian for on-field infractions

Former NFL offensive lineman Jon Runyan has joined the league office as vice president of policy and rules administration, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Runyan will serve as the league's top officer for on-field discipline and will supervise its uniform and equipment inspection program. He'll fill the role held until recently by Merton Hanks, who parted ways with the league earlier this spring.

Runyan, 42, was a 1996 draft pick of the Houston Oilers and spent 14 seasons with the Oilers/Titans, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers. He also spent four years in the United States House of Representatives, serving New Jersey's third congressional district.

Runyan's addition continues a series of changes at the upper level of NFL management. In addition to Hanks' departure, former vice president of football operations Mike Kensil was transferred to the league's international office. Vice president of security Jeffrey Miller, meanwhile, resigned to join a private firm.