Apparently, acquiring Andrew Luck with the NFL's No. 1 draft pick was more impressive than recruiting Peyton Manning from free agency.
John Elway was not named the NFL's executive of the year in a Sporting News poll of league executives. He finished second — by one vote — to Indianapolis Colts' general manager Ryan Grigson.
The voting totals from NFL executives:
Ryan Grigson, Colts, 9
John Elway, Broncos, 8
John Schneider, Seahawks, 3
Bruce Allen, Redskins, 2
Rick Smith, Texans, 2
Elway took charge of a Broncos' team that was 4-12 in 2010 and built them into an AFC West champion in his first season of 2011, albeit with an 8-8 record.
When Manning, a superstar quarterback coming off four neck surgeries, was released to free agency by the Colts, Elway and the Broncos went to work.
John Elway edged by Colts GM for NFL executive of the year award
Denver Post | Jan 29