6. Elway re-enters the fold
After a 16-year playing career in which he led the Broncos to five Super Bowl appearances and two world championships, Elway rejoined the Broncos in 2011 as the team’s executive vice president of football operations, and he was charged with leading the Broncos back to their past glory. Elway brought executive experience with him from his time with the Arena Football League’s Colorado Crush, and he also brought his patented competitiveness. The nostalgia factor certainly played a part, as well. This was John Elway! And he was returning to lead the Broncos. At the introductory press conference, Pat Bowlen noted that perhaps, one day, Elway would raise a Lombardi Trophy and declare, “This one’s for Pat!” As Elway returned to Denver, it was hard to predict just how prescient Bowlen’s comments would be.