Is John Elway executive of the year?

December, 28, 2012
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Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and linebacker Von Miller are not the only members of the franchise who will be candidates for major awards after this special season.

Add football leader John Elway to the mix. AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky polled an ESPN panel for the their choice for executive of the year. In it, Elway was edged by Seattle’s John Schneider.

I voted for Elway because few moves he has made have been wrong. Of course, it starts with the signing of Manning. I know the argument is anyone can try to sign Manning, and recognizing Manning’s importance isn’t all that’s special. True.

But Elway is the reason why Manning chose Denver. So, Elway gets credit for bringing him to Denver. There were plenty of teams that wanted Manning. Elway won the sweepstakes, and he deserves kudos. He also added several key pieces, whether on the coaching staff or on the roster. Remember, two years ago, Elway inherited a 4-12 team that was No. 32 in the NFL in defense.

It is now 12-3, No. 3 in the NFL on defense and considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

Manning is an MVP and Comeback Player of the Year candidate. Miller is a Defensive player of the Year candidate. What do they have in common?

They were both brought to Denver by Elway.

I’m not sure Elway will win the Executive of the Year -- given by the Sporting News -- but I think he is a worthy candidate.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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