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Elway Returns as Broncos’ Executive, Will Lead Coaching Search

Hall of Fame Quarterback John Elway
Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. Photographer: Marc Serota/Getty Images

Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway is back with the Denver Broncos as vice president of football operations and will lead the team’s search for a new coach.

Elway, 50, won two Super Bowl titles during his playing career with the Broncos, who went 4-12 this season and have lost 20 of their last 26 games. Denver has one playoff victory since Elway retired 12 years ago.

In his new role, Elway will have final authority over the Broncos’ football operations and oversee the National Football League team’s search for a replacement for the fired Josh McDaniels. Elway was co-owner and chief executive officer for the Colorado Crush when they won the Arena Football League championship in 2005.

“John has won championships as both a player and executive, and his experience will be a valuable addition to this franchise,” Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said in a statement. “He is the perfect fit for this role, and I am excited to welcome him back.”

Elway was voted the AFL’s executive of the year in 2003 and during his time with the Crush worked with Bowlen, who was also a part-owner of the franchise. Elway will report directly to Bowlen and Broncos President Joe Ellis, who was promoted from chief operating officer.

The Broncos last reached the NFL playoffs in 2005.

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