After being the face of the Denver Broncos' franchise for 16 seasons as quarterback and leading the Broncos to five Super Bowls, winning two of them (Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII), John Elway has returned to the Denver Broncos' helm, this time as executive vice president of football operations. To the the delight of Broncos Nation, Elway made it official on January 5, 2011, signing on and reporting directly to owner Pat Bowlen, overseeing general manager Brian Xanders and head coach John Fox.
While some have questioned whether Elway has the capacity to operate a team from the suite level as opposed to the field level (see: Dan Marino), and worried that he may do more to harm to his legacy than good (see: Brett Favre), this isn't Elway's first foray into operating as a football executive. After his playing days, he served as the chief executive officer of the Arena League's Colorado Crush from 2003-2009, winning the Arena League Championship in 2005.
While it's apparent that the Broncos are in a rebuilding phase, and even though Elway is just three games into his rookie campaign as VP, it's not too early to examine the steps he's taken so far to bring the Denver Broncos back to contention.
The following slides count down the top seven moves John Elway has made so far as the Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations.