What They’re Saying: Broncos hire George Paton as general manager

President/CEO Joe Ellis

“George is one of the most widely respected and experienced personnel executives in the NFL. He’s a composed, collaborative leader with a clear vision of building a championship team. Getting to know George over the last week, his intelligence, work ethic and leadership skills impressed all of us. He has worked nearly 25 years in the NFL to prepare for this challenge, and we are very fortunate to have George as our new general manager.”

President of football operations John Elway

“Early in this process, it became clear why George has been such a coveted GM candidate for so many years. He is a proven evaluator who knows every detail of leading football operations. With his experience in all aspects of the job — the college and pro sides, salary cap, trades, working with the head coach and bringing the staff together — George is more than ready to succeed in this role. George has waited and worked for the right opportunity, which shows that he is smart and serious about winning.”

General manager George Paton

“It is an honor to be named general manager of an iconic franchise with a championship tradition like the Broncos. This organization has great resources, tremendous people, a talented young core of players and an outstanding coaching staff. In many ways, I feel like this team is a sleeping giant. For me, it is the right place and the right time for this opportunity.

“Throughout this process, I felt a real connection with Joe, John and (coach) Vic (Fangio). It feels like home. We share the same values on winning and doing things the right way. While it is difficult to leave the Vikings, the relationships I enjoyed in Minnesota are for life. I am truly grateful for the Wilf family, (general manger) Rick Spielman, (executive vice president/football operations) Rob Brzezinski, (coach) Mike Zimmer and the entire Vikings organization. Thank you for treating us like family.

“I believe in hard work, the grind and not taking any shortcuts to achieve our goals. Drafting and developing players is the No. 1 priority. We will be aggressive — but not reckless — in adding talent to our roster.

“Our family has heard nothing but great things about Colorado, especially the passionate fans in Broncos Country. Along with my wife Barbara and children Bella and Beau, we are proud to now call Denver our home.

“I can’t wait to get to work. Go Broncos!”

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