Grigson named Sporting News NFL executive of the year

Colts GM praised for draft selections

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was named Sporting News' NFL executive of the year Monday, adding to the postseason accolades for players and others associated with Indianapolis.

Grigson, 41, was selected by coaches and executives for the honor, winning a 9-8 vote over Denver Broncos executive vice president John Elway, Sporting News said.

Grigson earned high marks for the selections made in last year's NFL draft, when Indianapolis picked up Andrew Luck, Coby Fleener, T.Y. Hilton, Dwayne Allen, Vick Ballard and LaVon Brazill.

All contributed to the Colts' success this season, putting Indianapolis back in the playoffs after a dreadful season the previous year.

Grigson replaced Bill Polian in January 2012.

The Colts finished the regular season at 11-5, falling in the playoffs to the Baltimore Ravens.

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