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Elway getting used to new role

2/1/2011

John Elway has been in his new career for nearly four weeks and clearly is not regretting the challenge of becoming the football leader in Denver.

I caught up with Elway earlier Tuesday for a post that will appear later in the week. The Denver Broncos’ legendary quarterback appears focused on his new career. Elway was named Denver’s executive vice president of football operations Jan. 5.

Elway just returned from spending several days at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. He said Tuesday he will spend a week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis later this month. Elway will be involved in the team’s draft and as well as free agency, so the time spent in Mobile was valuable.

“It was good to get reconnected to people down in Mobile,” Elway said. “It was good to be around the players and our staff and around people I’ll be dealing with around the league.”

Elway is thrilled with the early days of the John Fox coaching era in Denver. Elway and Fox have spent a lot of time together since Fox was hired to replaced Josh McDaniels, who was fired in December, on Jan. 13. Elway raved about Fox’s professionalism.

“John has great wisdom,” Elway said. “He has the experience and he is so well connected within the football world. It was good to get a guy experienced in the NFL to help us become competitive again.”