John Elway officially has a new role with Denver Broncos
Former Denver Broncos quarterback and general manager John Elway officially has a new role within the organization.
John Elway’s career with the Denver Broncos began all the way back in 1983 when the team traded for the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, who refused to play for the team that selected him, the Baltimore Colts. Nearly 40 years later, Elway is still a key piece of the organization.
After serving in the role of general manager for 10 years, Elway stepped down following the 2020 season, handing over those duties to George Paton. By most accounts, Paton did a great job in his first year with the Broncos.
John Elway will work hand-in-hand with George Paton
But now Elway will officially join him as an aid of sorts.
According to a report from Broncos insider Mike Klis of 9News, Elway will serve as an outside consultant to Paton beginning in 2022. Of course, Elway is looking to add more by becoming part of the team’s new ownership group, an event that will take place later in the year.
Several groups are lining up to potentially bid on the Broncos, a sale that is expected to surpass any in professional sports history. Elway made no secret that he would like to be a part of the group that ends up securing the team in an interview with 9News last month.
"“Who knows where that is and where that falls, but I do have interest in being a part of it. The Broncos have been in my life for 40 years, so I’d love to be a part of it. So it’s a matter of seeing how everything plays out and what’s going to happen. I’m sure there will be a lot of things going on, but I would definitely like to be involved.”"
Fans in Broncos Country are likely going to have mixed emotions concerning this news. On one hand, Elway is still the most revered player in the history of the team and fans want him to be around, in any capacity, for as long as possible.
Others see many of the team’s recent failures as a direct result of Elway’s ineptitude and poor decision-making.
One thing is for sure, this is potentially the most important offseason in the history of the team, for multiple reasons, and Elway is making sure he at least has someone’s ear when it comes to major decisions on the table.