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A Denver Broncos Executive Has Passed Away At 51

The Denver Broncos running a play against the Cincinnati Bengals.

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 19: The Denver Broncos run an offensive play against the Cincinnati Bengals in a general view as the sun sets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 19, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

The Denver Broncos announced some sad news this morning. A longtime executive for the franchise has passed away.

The Broncos announced today that Tom Heckert, who spent 27 years in the NFL, passed away last night in the company of his family. He was 51.

Heckert had spent the last five seasons with the Broncos.

From the Broncos:

PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS/GENERAL MANAGER JOHN ELWAY

“Tom was an integral part of our organization and we’re all incredibly saddened today. 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.”

DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL MATT RUSSELL

“Tom hired me in Philadelphia and was a beloved friend for many years. The biggest thing with Tom was his loyalty, how he cared about his friends and how good he was at his job. Tom was one of the best because he combined exceptional player evaluation skills with his incredible network of connections around the NFL. Those relationships he formed are a testament to how well he treated everyone. Tom was a loyal friend and my heart goes out to his family.”

Rest in peace, Tom.