John Elway must be voted NFL executive of 2012 — by acclimation.
Yet, astonishingly, two years ago this week, influential voices inside and outside the franchise believed owner Pat Bowlen would be making a monumental mistake to bring back the most heralded player in team history.
They considered it a desperate act of foolishness and failure.
Instead, with Elway as the dynamic executive vice president of football operations (and de facto general manager), the Broncos will win back-to-back AFC West titles for the first time since 1986 and 1987 (and only the second time ever). And they have a chance at a seventh Super Bowl (five with Elway at quarterback).
The Broncos will win their eighth game Sunday, 31-13.
Elway has returned a farcical franchise to the proud place it held from 1977-98.
Before writing a column in late November 2010, demanding that the Broncos create the position exec VP, football operations, and hire the exiled Elway, I asked several influential executives with the Broncos and other NFL teams, and in the Denver sports community, what they thought.
The response was unanimously negative.
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