One Time Special Teamer Now Heads Up Large Special Team

joe azelby

The Ivy Football Association honored two NFL alumni earlier this year at its annual dinner.

You have heard of one of them but probably not the other.  One has a glamourous but difficult football job; the other has just a really big international financial position.

Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett, who played his collegiate ball at Princeton in the late 1980s before a 12-year NFL quarterback career, is a familiar name to all of us.

Joe Azelby, who was a First-Team Ivy Leaguer and three-time letterman as a defensive standout at Harvard, probably is unknown to many of you outside the financial world.  He played only one season as a linebacker and special teamer for the Bills in 1984 before he decided that tackling business issues might be easier than sacking Dan Marino.

Azelby held several trading and portfolio management roles with JP Morgan from 1986-98.  He earned his MBA along the way at NYU’s Stern School of Business in 1991.

The New Jersey native then for the next 20 years became JP Morgan’s CEO of its Global Real Assets Group where he led a team of 500 investment professionals in 20 cities around the world managing $95 billion in assets.

Earlier this year, Azelby was hired as Group Managing Director at UBS Asset Management and controls a business that operates out of 14 countries.

Azelby also is a business book author (“Kiss Your BUT Good-Bye”) who believes that one word (i.e. BUT) stands between most employees and success.  Harvard’s Joe Azelby may have played only one season in our league but we at NFL Alumni are pleased he is a member of our football family.  

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