KUSA - When John Elway retired from the Denver Broncos in 1998 he did it with no regrets and nothing left to give. His tenure as vice president of football operations - and now general manager - will be much of the same.
It's his job until he doesn't want it anymore.
Since returning to Dove Valley in his new role, Elway has made Denver the most sought after destination in all of the National Football League. He's landed the two biggest free agents in Peyton Manning and Wes Welker during the past pair of offseasons - doing it again this offseason may actually consist of merely re-signing wide receiver Eric Decker and cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie.
"Our organization is extremely pleased with the work John Elway has done in his three years since rejoining the Broncos," Broncos president Joe Ellis said Wednesday after they simply inked a three-year extension to Elway's contract.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee led the Broncos to six Super Bowls - and said that it hurts just much to lose the big one as an executive as it did as a player.
The pressure to perform in one of the most hostile work environments has always been where Elway thrives; his 148-82-1 record as a quarterback and 37-17 mark as vice president makes that point rather obvious. His successes are plentiful and well-earned.
"He has demonstrated great vision and leadership in his role, assembling a championship-caliber team and positioning it for sustained success," Ellis continued. "We are very confident in the direction of the Broncos with John Elway leading our football operations."
A contract with the team is a legal necessity, but its length is of no consequence. Elway has the right to lead this team for as long as he wants, and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if he decided to go out on top - as he already did once.