Broncos executive Tom Heckert has been on medical leave

AP

As the Broncos made their push for the playoffs, the No. 1 seed, and the Super Bowl, they were doing so without one of their top football executives.

Mike Klis of 9News in Denver explains that director of pro personnel Tom Heckert has been on medical leave during the second half of the 2015 season.

“I was recently diagnosed with a very treatable blood disorder,” Heckert said, via Klis. “I’m feeling better every day as a result of the treatments and hope to get back to work in the near future. The Broncos’ organization — in particular John Elway, Matt Russell and Joe Ellis — have been extremely supportive and accommodating during the last few months. I sincerely appreciate everyone’s kind thoughts and will be rooting for the Broncos to bring home a Super Bowl win.”

Heckert, 48, had heart surgery four years ago while serving as G.M. of the Browns. He previously worked for the Eagles, as General Manager.

We wish Tom a quick and complete recovery.

8 responses to “Broncos executive Tom Heckert has been on medical leave

  1. If he can get healthy, Tom would be a great GM candidate somewhere. The Browns roster was old and slow when he got it and he really improved it. His rebuild got caught short when Haslam bought the team just a couple years into it, but the man has an eye for talent.

    I would rather have someone who has demonstrated an eye for talent and has experience in that role than a totally unproven new GM. Best wishes to Tom Heckert.

  2. This guy has had a lot of serious health issues for a guy in his 40’s (not to mention the drinking problem). His profession may not be good for his long-term outlook.

  3. He should just talk to John Bowlen. That guy is apparently the blood of the city, so maybe he could give Heckert a transfusion.

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