ENGLEWOOD, Colo. --The Broncos continue to wield significant influence inside the most elite corridors of league power, as President/CEO Joe Ellis and Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway were added to major NFL committees this week.
Elway's growing list of accomplishments in five-plus years as an executive now includes membership in the most influential group for establishing the rules of the sport: the Competition Committee. Elway was named to the committee this week, becoming one of three new members of the prestigious group that is tasked with creating and modifying rules proposals before they are brought to the owners for voting.
"I think it's great for John, being a part of that," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. "That's an honor to be asked to do that. I think it's great for the league, too. To havea guy of his caliber and what he's been through in this league and the type of football person that he is -- to sit on that committee is very special. Congratulations to him."
Of course, with that influence comes a greater responsibility.
"That means more work for him," Kubiak added, smiling. "I told him that he has to put in a few extra weekends on rules. We're happy for him."
With the additions of Elway, former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and current Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, the Competition Committee now includes 11 members.
The eight returning members:
Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons (Chairman)
Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys
Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals
John Mara, New York Giants
Mark Murphy, Green Bay Packers
Ozzie Newsome, Baltimore Ravens
Rick Smith, Houston Texans
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers
Elway is one of three former NFL players on the committee, along with Murphy and Newsome.
Ellis joins the Stadium Committee, an eight-person group headed by Steelers owner Art Rooney II. Arizona's Michael Bidwill, Washington's Dan Snyder and Dallas' Stephen Jones are among the other members of the committee.
Ellis also serves on the Stadium Security and Fan Behavior Committee.