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Denver Broncos make groundbreaking hire, adding Kelly Kleine to front office

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 5/18/2021 Steve Gardner, USA TODAY
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The Denver Broncos on Monday announced the hiring of Kelly Kleine as the team's executive director of football operations.

Kleine, who spent the past 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings, is believed to be the highest-ranking woman in scouting in the history of the league. 

"Kelly is a rising star in the NFL, and we're fortunate to add someone of her caliber to the Denver Broncos," Broncos general manager George Paton said. "Having worked with her for nine years in Minnesota, Kelly has a strong understanding of all aspects of football operations and player evaluation, along with outstanding leadership qualities.

a person wearing sunglasses and standing in the grass: Kelly Kleine spent the past nine seasons in the Vikings' scouting department, including two seasons as manager of player personnel. © Jim Mone, AP Kelly Kleine spent the past nine seasons in the Vikings' scouting department, including two seasons as manager of player personnel.

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Kleine will serve as the primary liaison for the team's football operations department, while also playing a major role in the team's pro and college scouting -- an area in which she worked extensively in Minnesota.

With the Vikings, she also helped manage the team's draft operations and ran the team's draft board during meetings.

Kleine will also have the title of special advisor to the general manager and will report directly to Paton.

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