Have Colorado Sports Franchises Uncovered the Fountain of Success?

By Jim Heath
John Elway Denver Broncos
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It’s official; the Denver Broncos have created a unique movement in sports. Well, in Colorado sports anyway. That said, it is now safe to say if Colorado sports were a Twitter account, their new practices would be trending. Colorado’s big three sports franchises are either run by or coached by former players of the respective teams. And, it’s working.

The Broncos brought John Elway in as the Executive Vice President of Football Operations at Dove Valley. When he arrived in Denver, the Broncos were recovering from the “Post Josh McDaniels Apocalypse” winning enough games the previous year to qualify them for the number two pick in the NFL Draft.

Upon arriving to Denver, he told the fans it would be a rebuilding process and to be patient. Of course, sports and patience do not go hand in hand. The first year under Elway’s leadership, the Broncos brought in Von Miller from Texas A&M, won the AFC West Division, defeated the Pittsburg Steelers in the playoffs with the Tim Tebow to Demaryius Thomas overtime pass and as they say, the rest was history.

Next, the Colorado Rockies bring back former utility man Walt Weiss to manage the team and former Rockies’ slugger Dante Bichette as hitting coach. The Rockies came in to the season on the heals of arguably one of the worst years in franchise history with little to nothing for fans to be excited about. Weiss and Bichette have excited the ratified air by simply leading the Rockies to the top spot in the NL West thus far in the season. Impressive is an understatement.

Most recently, the Colorado Avalanche pull off the Rocky Mountain hat trick bringing in former goalie Patrick Roy as their head coach. What successes the Avs can anticipate based on this move are currently unknown, however, if the Midas Touch of former Colorado athletes managing, coaching or leading operations for their respective teams continue, the future most certainly looks bright for the Colorado hockey team.

Considering the early successes of former players in Colorado, maybe other franchises will take note and follow in the Mile High footsteps. Who knows, maybe the New York Jets will realize they called in the wrong QB in 2013 and will place Hall of Fame gunslinger Joe Namath on speed dial.


Jim Heath is a writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jim_heath, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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