Even though the Colts’ eventful season ended short of the Lombardi Trophy, they are bringing home some hardware. In addition to Andrew Luck’s candidacy for Rookie of the Year and Bruce Arians’ shot at Coach of the Year, general manager Ryan Grigson has been named NFL Executive of the Year. From the Indianapolis Star:
Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has been named NFL Executive of the Year by the 9-8 vote of a panel of league executives and coaches, The Sporting News announced today. John Elway, general manager of the Denver Broncos, was second. Grigson, 40, had earlier been named executive of the year by Pro Football Weekly, but the Sporting News award is recognized as preeminent honor. Grigson’s first draft acquired quarterback Andrew Luck, tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill and running back Vick Ballard. All become front-line contributors to a surprising 11-5 season that carried the youthful, injury-wracked Colts to a wild card playoff loss despite a life-threatening illness that forced coach Chuck Pagano to miss 12 games.