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|Will John Elway's cannon arm translate to the front office?|
With Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway reportedly returning to the Denver Broncos as an executive vice president, the struggling franchise's front office will have a living, breathing link to its glorious past.
But will that ensure a winning future?
A quick, cursory Page 2 review of prominent former players-turned-team executives reveals mixed results:
Jerry West: Former Los Angeles Lakers great was even better behind a desk, masterminding the 1980s and early 2000s Lakers dynasties (seven championships total) and rebuilding the woeful Memphis Grizzlies into a playoff team.
Grade: A-plus. Draft day pilfering of Kobe Bryant from the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 alone is enough to make West a valedictorian.
Ozzie Newsome: Hall of Fame tight end-turned-Baltimore Ravens GM has made his mark as a master talent evaluator, drafting 11 Pro Bowl players -- including Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden -- in 13 seasons while providing stability to a franchise that won a Super Bowl in 2000 and is a perennial playoff contender.
Grade: A. Decade's worth of quarterback whiffs -- Chris Redman, Kyle Boller, Tony Banks, etc. -- are the only serious blemishes on Newsome's record.