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Broncos pro personnel director Tom Heckert charged with DUI


For the second time in as many days, news has broken that a member of the Broncos’ front office was arrested for drunk driving.

This time it’s Tom Heckert, the Broncos’ director of pro personnel. According to the Associated Press, Heckert was arrested on June 11 and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving. That news comes a day after the news that Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was arrested for a DUI over the weekend.

It is unclear why Heckert’s arrest is just coming to light now, four weeks later, and it is also unclear whether the Broncos knew about it before it came to light today.

The Broncos hired Heckert on May 7. Heckert was fired by the Browns in December at the end of his third season as Cleveland’s general manager.

Russell and Heckert could both be fined and suspended by the NFL. If their suspensions were to coincide during training camp, that would put a serious dent in the Broncos’ front office at a busy time for NFL personnel departments.

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49 Responses to “Broncos pro personnel director Tom Heckert charged with DUI”
  1. floratiotime says: Jul 9, 2013 7:05 PM

    Sweet mug shot. Move over Nick Nolte.

  2. gloryfromheaven says: Jul 9, 2013 7:06 PM


    “John Elway Leader Of Aaron Hernandez Incident”

  3. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 9, 2013 7:06 PM

    Rocking a white t-shirt while drunk? Very white trash.

  4. sammyias says: Jul 9, 2013 7:09 PM

    Front Office? They Have Peyton Manning, what does the Front Office do?

  5. nflcrimerankingscom says: Jul 9, 2013 7:11 PM

    Mile-High, or Mile-Drunk?

  6. Iknoweverything says: Jul 9, 2013 7:12 PM

    What a man does away from work is his own business. The legal system will either find him innocent or find him guilty and punish him.

    Why should he have to worry about punishment from his job when he was off the clock

  7. vibesid says: Jul 9, 2013 7:12 PM

    Those Broncos guys are drinking too much because they’re still depressed about that Ravens game.

  8. coltzfan166 says: Jul 9, 2013 7:14 PM

    Revis is speechless!

  9. kylexitron says: Jul 9, 2013 7:15 PM

    “nyyjetsknicks says:
    Jul 9, 2013 7:06 PM
    Rocking a white t-shirt while drunk? Very white trash.”

    For copyright reasons they couldn’t photograph his 3XL Broncos Tebow jersey.

  10. runwright44 says: Jul 9, 2013 7:16 PM

    Trifecta tomorrow?

  11. realfootballfan says: Jul 9, 2013 7:18 PM

    Well, there goes that theory that he could slide right over into Russell’s job and not miss a beat.

  12. gafraidh says: Jul 9, 2013 7:19 PM

    Maybe drinking was a coping mechanism for their overlapping job titles…

  13. nyfcat says: Jul 9, 2013 7:19 PM

    Please, someone invite John Elway to happy hour.

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 9, 2013 7:20 PM

    These are the upper level managment photos, wait till you get a look at the staff and custodians.

  15. lks311 says: Jul 9, 2013 7:24 PM

    I wonder why Matt Russell didn’t tell Heckert about how the thin air affects the speed of alcohol to the brain…oh, wait.

  16. chawkup says: Jul 9, 2013 7:24 PM

    They take that Mile High stuff seriously in Denver.

  17. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 9, 2013 7:30 PM

    The same thing happened to the Enterprise crew on Star Trek when they got caught in a temporal time loop and repeatedly had to experience a sequence of the same events leading to their crash and destruction. It’s annoying to have to go through that once, let alone more than once. They chose to figure out a way to get out of the loop.

    The Denver front office seems to continuously tighten the noose around their own neck. Cut it out and get some serious football men that are committed to their craft. A craft of winning football games, not boozing it up.

    What kind of example do you want to set for all the players that you keep telling about what they should do to set an example for others?

  18. Iknoweverything says: Jul 9, 2013 7:30 PM

    so what….he had a few drinks and rammed a cop car.

    Honestly, how many of us would have loved to do that at one point in time?????? Drunk or Sober

  19. socalskinsfan says: Jul 9, 2013 7:31 PM

    It’s the timing of this that surprises me. I could understand drinking like a fish while an employee of the Browns, but…

  20. moerawn says: Jul 9, 2013 7:31 PM

    If only there were some mechanism in place for these guys not to have to drive after drinking. Like a vehicle that would come when you called, and take you home.

  21. pacodawg says: Jul 9, 2013 7:33 PM

    I always thought he looked like a drinker in Cleveland!

  22. nepo784 says: Jul 9, 2013 7:33 PM

    Like I said yesterday. Classless organization.

  23. vietnambob2473 says: Jul 9, 2013 7:38 PM

    Cant blame him…youd drink too if you had to work for the Browns

  24. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jul 9, 2013 7:39 PM

    Oh, they knew about it. To even insinuate that they didn’t is naivety at best. They just didn’t want it to get out . Something is going on up there in Denver and I don’t mean the greatest play of my life…(mile high miracle)….. sweet .

  25. patriots123456 says: Jul 9, 2013 7:40 PM

    Apparently he asked for directions, they said take your next right!

    He thought they said, “Coors Light”!

  26. gdive says: Jul 9, 2013 7:41 PM

    Sounds like the Broncos Front Office should get a group rate at Betty Ford.

  27. patriots123456 says: Jul 9, 2013 7:42 PM

    They should make him a “pall bearer” for the poor Clevland fan who just passed.

  28. drgreenstreak says: Jul 9, 2013 7:44 PM

    It’s the thin air in Colorado…

  29. talkingproud says: Jul 9, 2013 7:44 PM

    The (Drunken) Drive

  30. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jul 9, 2013 7:45 PM


    Hey Cleveland fans, still missing this guy?

  31. kane337 says: Jul 9, 2013 7:45 PM

    The Browns got lucky for once.

  32. fightfan1 says: Jul 9, 2013 7:47 PM

    Waiting for Bill Polian and other nfl teams to come out with “We took Tom Heckert off our personnel director board because we knew better” statements.

  33. buckybadger says: Jul 9, 2013 7:50 PM

    In Colorado Russell would be facing a significant amount of time in jail for having a person involved in the accident go to the hospital. I have a friend who spent 20 and it was his first and no one was hurt. I think he could face up to 90 if he didn’t work for the Broncos.

  34. daubs17 says: Jul 9, 2013 7:53 PM

    umm guess what no one cares that coaches for denver were arrested for dui. who freakin cares honestly it happens every single day to hundreds of people but because he works for the broncos its news? nope, if you’ve drank 2 beers and drove home youre just as guilty. plain and simple. at least he wasnt out doing drive by shootings like some people…

  35. upperdecker19 says: Jul 9, 2013 8:00 PM

    Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, Broncos.

    Dean Wormer

  36. fballguy says: Jul 9, 2013 8:00 PM

    I’m not a Broncos fan, but the way this country overreacts about DUI is ridiculous. Put the limit back up to 1.0 then we’ll talk about it.

  37. dirtydrew says: Jul 9, 2013 8:04 PM

    He looks f’ed up.

  38. patriots123456 says: Jul 9, 2013 8:12 PM

    At least he didn’t crash into a police cruiser like the other front office drunk.

  39. realfootballfan says: Jul 9, 2013 8:19 PM

    Btw, didn’t this guy just have major heart surgery last year before the draft? Must have a death wish.

  40. cometkazie says: Jul 9, 2013 8:25 PM

    Change the team name to Druncos.

  41. changeup39 says: Jul 9, 2013 8:34 PM

    Based on that mug shot, it looks like his mom was drinking while she was pregnant with him too.

  42. frostymugobeer says: Jul 9, 2013 8:41 PM

    hi….my name is ________________ and I work in the broncos front office.

    Manning has just started working on his 12 step drop…………..

    oh ….I was supposed to drive ….TO…. mile high

    i’ll be here all week don’t forgrt to tip your waitress

  43. norcalwandering says: Jul 9, 2013 8:55 PM

    A bunch of sharks in this tank! I thought Tom did a decent job in Cleveland, sorry to hear of this situation. Glad no one was hurt, hope he gets help and his family supports him through this stuff.

  44. sarcasm says: Jul 9, 2013 9:11 PM

    There is no excuse for anyone with that type of money to not call a cab or tow truck to come pick them and their car up. The single mom/dad that hits the corner bar for a few suds, I can almost understand a simple mistake being made, but for stars, actors, people with money in general it is beyond stupid.

  45. theallegedone says: Jul 10, 2013 1:37 AM

    So what exactly is the difference between ” Director of Player Personnel” and ” Director of Pro Personnel”?

  46. Ridley Me This says: Jul 10, 2013 3:11 AM

    Wait, the broncos wanted the browns gm?

    I’m not broncos fan, but as a football fan, why would anyone want to hire the browns gm for anything but grounds keeping?

  47. couchbasher says: Jul 10, 2013 4:53 AM

    any connection between Heckert and George Kokinas????

  48. ghostofspeedyduncan says: Jul 10, 2013 8:04 AM

    I think he was drunk when he drafted Owen Marecic in the 4th round

  49. kwjsb says: Jul 10, 2013 4:49 PM

    Well that explains the Owen Marecic pick…..

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