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Damani Leech, a 1998 Princeton graduate and three-time first-team All-Ivy defensive back as a football player with the Tigers, has been named president of the Denver Broncos as announced by the team on Thursday.

Leech will lead the business operations of the team and Stadium Management Co., which operates Empower Field at Mile High.

With 25 years of sports business leadership to his credit, Leech joins the Broncos after most recently working in the NFL’s league office. From 2019 through this year, he was Chief Operating Officer of NFL International. Before that, he served as vice president of football strategy and business development for the NFL from 2015-19. The previous 17 years of his athletics career were spent working at the NCAA in Indianapolis.

“Greg (Penner) and the other partners are visionary leaders, and the trust they have shown in me is deeply humbling,” said Leech. “I’m thrilled to support our world-class ownership, leadership team and staff on this journey to drive innovation and growth throughout every area of the Denver Broncos.”

In addition to his three All-Ivy selections in the secondary, Leech was a recipient of Princeton Football’s Dr. Harry Roemer Award — presented annually to a member of the football squad who has demonstrated the qualities of durability and fortitude — in 1997. He also was presented with Princeton Football’s Harland “Pink” Baker ’22 Award which is presented annually to the team’s defensive rookie of the year.


september, 2023