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49ers Interview Brian Gutekunst for General Manager

The San Francisco 49ers continued their general manager search on Thursday, interviewing Green Bay Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst.

Gutekunst joined his colleague Eliot Wolf, Green Bay's director-football operations, as the first candidates to speak with CEO Jed York for San Francisco's GM vacancy.

The 43-year-old talent evaluator has spent the past 18 seasons in the Packers front office. Gutekunst spent 13 years as a college scout, before being promoted to director of college scouting for four seasons (2012-15), which was followed by a promotion to his current post on March 21, 2016.

Gutekunst has been a part of Green Bay's tremendous success over the past two decades. The Packers have made 14 playoff appearances during his 18-year tenure. Green Bay has made seven consecutive appearances in the postseason, including a victory in Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers following the 2010 regular season.

Notable Green Bay draft selections during Gutekunst's tenure include, two-time league MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, six-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Clay Matthews, and star wide receiver Jordy Nelson among numerous starters on a 10-6, NFC North champion squad in 2016.

Gutekunst joined the Packers in 1997 as a scouting intern before he was hired full-time in December of the following season. He began his full-time scouting career as an East Coast scout and was hired by Pro Football Hall of Fame executive vice president/general manager, Ron Wolf.

Gutekunst played two seasons of college football for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He later served as an assistant coach for the program for his final two years at the school (1995-96).

He and his wife, Jen, reside in Green Bay and have four children, including three daughters and one son.

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