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May 07, 2013


ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— The Denver Broncos on Tuesday named Tom Heckert as their director of pro personnel, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway announced.   

Heckert, 45, enters his 23rd season in the NFL and most recently served as general manager of the Cleveland Browns from 2010-12. His responsibilities managing the pro personnel department for the Broncos will include scouting current NFL players and overseeing the advance scouting for the club’s upcoming opponents.

In his role, Heckert will work closely with Elway and Director of Player Personnel Matt Russell in shaping Denver’s roster.

“With more than 20 years’ experience in the NFL, Tom brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and insight to our personnel department,” Elway said. “He has worked in several different capacities for multiple teams, and his diverse background in talent evaluation will be a strong resource for the Broncos.”

During his 22-year NFL career, Heckert has been a part of 14 postseason campaigns, eight division titles and six conference championship game appearances. He has also worked with several established NFL coaches, including Don Shula, Jimmy Johnson, Andy Reid and Mike Holmgren.

Before joining the Browns in 2010, Heckert spent nine seasons with Philadelphia, including his final four years (2006-09) with the club as its general manager. Three of those seasons (2006-08) were spent working with Russell, who was a college scout for the Eagles during that time.

Heckert was originally hired by Philadelphia as director of player personnel in 2001 before being promoted to vice president of player personnel in 2003.

He started his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins working as a pro and college scout from 1991-98 before his ascension to assistant director of pro personnel/college scout in 1999 and director of pro personnel in 2000.

Heckert has previously served on the NFL’s College Advisory Committee, which advises college football juniors on their draft status, as well as the league’s General Managers Advisory Committee, which consults Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL football operations department on key issues regarding player development, scouting and technology.

A graduate of Hillsdale (Mich.) College, where he played defensive back, Heckert started his football career as an assistant coach for his alma mater for two seasons before breaking into the NFL ranks.

His father, Tom Sr., spent more than 20 years as an NFL player personnel executive, including stops in Cleveland and Miami before his retirement in 1997.

Tom Heckert Jr. was born on July 17, 1967, in Youngstown, Ohio.

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