Jan. 28, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Former Purdue football player and current Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has been named NFL Executive of the Year by The Sporting News.
The selection is based on a panel of league executives and coaches. John Elway, general manager of the Denver Broncos, finished second.
Previously, Grigson earned the same honor from Pro Football Weekly.
Grigson was hired by the Colts last January, and the team went 11-5 and earned a playoff berth with a youth-laden roster and without its ill head coach, Chuck Pagano, for 12 games.
Grigson, who played for head coach Jim Colletto from 1991 to 1994 (after redshirting under Fred Akers in 1990), joined the Colts after working for the Philadelphia Eagles from 2003 to 2011. He served as a scout for three years, as director of college scouting for four and as director of player personnel for two. Grigson previously served as a scout with the St. Louis Rams from 1999 to 2003. He was part of the Rams' Super Bowl XXXIV championship team in 1999 and the Rams' NFC Championship squad in 2001.
A native of Highland, Ind., Grigson began his Purdue career as a tight end before moving to offensive tackle. He overcame a life-threatening illness (pancreatitis, kidney failure and pneumonia) that left him hospitalized for five weeks in 1992. He was selected a team captain his senior year.
Grigson was selected in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He was a member of the Detroit Lions in 1995 and 1996 and played for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 1997.
Grigson served as an aide to Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke in the hiring process of new head football coach Darrell Hazell in December.