By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former NFL general manager Tom Heckert Jr. has died. He was 51-years-old.
Heckert Jr. stepped down from his adviser role in July with the Denver Broncos. He claimed there was health problems.
He had been dealing with amyloidosis, a rare blood disorder. Amyloidosis is also called amyloid disease is a buildup of amyloid proteins in the heart, kidney, liver, or other organs. It is rare and it affects less than 200,000 cases in the United States per year.
Treatment can reportedly help; however, it is not cured. It can last for years and a lifetime.
“Tom was an integral part of our organization and we’re all incredibly saddened today,’’ Elway, the Broncos’ general manager, 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 Jr. spent the 2017 season as their Senior Personnel Advisor. He also sent four more seasons as their Director of Pro Personnel from 2013 through 2016.
He previously was the Cleveland Browns general manager from 2010 through 2012. He also was the Philadelphia Eagles general manager from 2006 through 2010.
Heckert Jr. was the Vice President of Pro Personnel from 2003 through 2006. He also was their Director of Pro Personnel from 2001 through 2003.
He began his career with the Miami Dolphins. He began his career as their Pro Scout & College Scout from 1991 through 1999.
Heckert Jr. also served as their Assistant Director of Pro Personnel in 1999. He was the Dolphins Director of Pro Personnel in 2000 and 2001.
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