Les Pico, Executive Director of Player Development/Legal for the Minnesota Vikings, will speak to us about issues surrounding integrity in our professional lives. He has also agreed to tell us about his role with the Vikings. We are excited to have him speak and hope you will join us! Registration is required.
About the Speaker:
Entering his 8th season with the Minnesota Vikings but his 15th with the National Football League, Les Pico serves as the Vikings Executive Director of Player Development/Legal.
Pico is responsible for player related issues both on and off the field. Pico is directly involved with personal welfare and legal issues that arise concerning players, coaches and staff. Other areas of Pico’s expertise and responsibilities include; assisting the personnel staff by evaluating and interviewing players at the NFL Combine and assisting in evaluations during the NFL free agency period. During the season Pico assists with the defense. Also, Pico has implemented player related programs to assist with continuing education, family assistance, and career internships. Pico is involved with the administration of the annual rookie symposium that is attended by all NFL drafted rookies.
In 2005, Pico implemented a Vikings “mini symposium” to assist rookie players in their transition to the NFL addressing such issues as financial accountability, emotional intelligence, impulse control, anger management and substance abuse. In 2008, Pico was honored by the NFL for having the top Player Development Program (having an NFL record of 9 players enrolled in school, completing their degree or working on an MBA).
Pico joined the Vikings after 4 seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs where he worked as the Player Development Coordinator/Legal.
Pico worked with the NFL Security Department from 1998-2000, where he addressed personal and financial welfare issues of all NFL players, coaches and executives.
From 1991 to 1998 Pico worked for the NCAA where he presented high profile infractions cases in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions.
In 1998 Pico started a business (Pico & Associates) that is involved in consulting and conducting background checks on all game day officials for the NCAA and other college conferences.
Additionally, Pico teaches Sport and Physical Education Law at Minnesota State University. Pico has participated as speaker for the American Bar Association, members of the Grammy Foundation and the Music Industry concerning the transition programs he has implemented for NFL Players. Recently, Pico was the keynote speaker at the Newell K. Whittney forum at Brigham Young University-Idaho and was featured on the Mormon Channel’s Latter Day Profiles.
A native of Mesa AZ, Pico was a college football student athlete where he completed his bachelor’s degree (Cum Lade) at Arizona State (1987). Pico then went on to Washburn University where he coached football and completed his law degree (1991).
Pico served a two year church mission in Independence Missouri, has served as a first counselor in the bishopric and currently is a temple worker and in the High Priests group leadership. Pico is married to his wife and high school sweetheart Rita (formally Rita Riggs). They have four wonderful children, and three grandchildren. Last but not least they have two very spoiled Labs (Max and Molly).