Cleveland - The Denver Broncos released a statement today that former Browns General Manager Tom Heckert passed away peacefully near family members Sunday evening at the age of 51.
“Tom was an integral part of our organization and we’re all incredibly saddened today," Broncos President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway said in a statement. "With his many years of experience and time as a GM, Tom was a tremendous resource and a key member of our team. He was a very good evaluator—He had an eye for talent, and we always trusted his voice. It’s easy to see why Tom was widely respected and had so many great relationships across the league. I’ll always be grateful for how he helped me transition into this position. My prayers go out to Tom’s family, friends and everyone he worked with during his career.”
Heckert was hired by Cleveland in 2010 after spending nine years in the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Working alongside then-team president Mike Holmgren, he was a part of the front office that drafted cornerback Joe Haden, who would go on to make two Pro Bowls with the team, as well as wide receiver Josh Gordon, who earned All-Pro honors in 2013.
Heckert went on to win Super Bowl 50 with The Denver Broncos. He had been ill for some time, and stepped down earlier this year from the organization citing health concerns.
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