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Smith joins NFL Competition Committee


Texans general manager Rick Smith is one of eight members on the NFL Competition Committee.

Texans general manager Rick Smith was appointed to the prestigious NFL Competition Committee by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the league announced Friday.

"It obviously is an enormous responsibility and a tremendous honor for me to be appointed to the Competition Committee," Smith said. "It's something that's very important to our league, and so I'm blessed to be a part of it and am excited about the opportunity."

{QUOTE}The Committee is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the game and competitive balance. It's also responsible for all aspects of the game, which include playing rules, personnel rules, game operations and game day issues that may affect to outcome of the game. Smith replaces former Detroit Lions President and CEO Matt Millen.

"The Competition Committee basically is charged with making sure the game is played at as high of a level as we can play it and to maintain the integrity of the game," Smith said. "That's reviewing rules, whether they're personnel rules or playing rules or officiating rules. So it's the Committee that's charged with making sure our game is as good as it needs to be."

Smith is in his third season as Texans general manger after being named to the post on June 5, 2006. Smith has re-shaped the Texans' roster that recorded a franchise-best 19 wins over a three-year span. Earlier this year, Smith received the Tank Younger Award in 2008 presented annually by the Fritz Pollard Alliance for outstanding work in an NFL front office.

Members of the Competition Committee are:

Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, Co-Chair
Falcons President Rich McKay, Co-Chair
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis
Giants President and CEO John Mara
Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome
Colts President Bill Polian
Panthers President Mark Richardson
Texans GM Rick Smith

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