MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A former member of the Minnesota Vikings scouting department is now believed to be the highest ranking woman in scouting in NFL history.
We’ve hired Kelly Kleine as Exec. Director of FB Ops./Special Advisor to the GM.
Believed to be the highest ranking woman in scouting in NFL history, Kleine will have significant scouting responsibilities & oversee several football departments.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) May 17, 2021
The Denver Broncos announced Monday that Kelly Kleine has been hired as their executive director of football operations and special advisor to the general manager. George Paton, the Broncos’ GM, is another Vikings alum.
“Kelly is a rising star in the NFL, and we’re fortunate to add someone of her caliber to the Denver Broncos,” 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.”
Kleine spent 10 seasons with the Vikings, nine with the scouting department, most recently serving as manager of player personnel and college scout. She started her career in Minnesota as a public relations intern.
Kelly has played a significant role in our player personnel department since starting as an intern in 2013.
While we will certainly miss her in Minnesota, we wish her nothing but the best as she continues her career in Denver. https://t.co/Rs5orZHiYP
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) May 17, 2021