Ex-Eagle Grigson named SN's NFL Executive of the Year

Ex-Eagle Grigson named SN's NFL Executive of the Year
January 28, 2013, 9:00 pm
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After spending nine years with the Eagles, the Colts' first-year general manager Ryan Grigson was named the Sporting News' NFL Executive of the Year.

The 40-year-old Grigson edged the Broncos' executive vice president John Elway in a close 9-8 vote.

Grigson served the Eagles in multiple facets including regional scout (2004-05), director of college scouting (2006-09) and director of player personnel (2010-11).

In his debut as Indianapolis' general manager, Grigson compiled an impressive draft class, which spurred the Colts to an 11-5 season and a playoff berth after finishing the previous year 2-14.

Grigson's talented 2012 draft class consisted of key pieces in the Colts' turnaround. Grigson brought in Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, T.Y. Hilton, Vick Ballard and LaVon Brazill over the first six rounds.

Luck engineered seven fourth-quarter, game-winning drives and set the rookie record for passing yards in a season, while throwing 23 touchdowns. Ballard led the Colts in rushing (814 yards), Hilton ranked first on the team in receiving touchdowns (7), while Fleener, Allen and Brazill combined for six catching scores.

"It’s all about finding talent," Grigson said to the Sporting News. "You either know it, see it or sense it or you don’t. That’s been one of my strong suits that has carried me to this position in my career."

Grigson was responsible for drafting LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek among others while serving as the Eagles' college talent evaluator.

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