DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Broncos are so pleased with John Elway’s performance as an executive so far that they have given him a new title and extended his contract.
The Hall of Fame quarterback has been guiding the Broncos as Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the past three seasons. With his new deal, which expires after the 2017 season, the Broncos say Elway will also have the title General Manager.
Broncos President Joe Ellis said in a prepared statement that Elway has “demonstrated great vision and leadership in his role.” He praised him for helping to assemble “a championship-caliber team and positioning it for sustained success.”
“We are very confident in the direction of the Broncos with John Elway leading our football operations,” Ellis said.
Elway said in the same statement that he is grateful for the opportunity.
“Our goal is to continue building on the culture of winning established by (Owner and CEO) Pat Bowlen, and we remain relentlessly committed to delivering a World Championship to our fans,” he said.
According to a statement from the Broncos, with Elway at the helm, Denver has posted the third-most overall wins (37 / 37-11, .685) in the NFL since 2011.
“They won three consecutive AFC West titles for the first time in club history and are 1-of-3 teams in the league to win their division in each of the last three seasons,” the Broncos said.
Under Elway the Broncos also advanced to their first Super Bowl in 15 years last season. The club said Elway acquired or re-signing 58 of the 64 players on its active and reserve roster.
Elway had inherited a 4-12 in 2010 and decided to bring in John Fox as head coach to turn things around. Under Fox the next season the Broncos posted an 8-8 record, a four-game improvement and won the division. Under Elway and Fox the Broncos won the division the next season “with Elway becoming the first executive in the Super Bowl era to accomplish that feat in each of his first two years.”
Elway is also responsible for signing quarterback Peyton Manning, “who leads the NFL in overall passing touchdowns (100), passing yards (11,336) and passer rating (108.6) in his two seasons as a Bronco.”
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