Joe Lefeged

Indianapolis Colts' Joe Lefeged clears out his locker at the Colts complex Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Indianapolis. The Colts were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens, 24-9, in a NFL football wild card playoff game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck responds to a question from the media while standing at his locker at the Colts complex Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Indianapolis. The Colts were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens, 24-9, in a NFL football wild card playoff game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Adam Vinatieri

Indianapolis Colts' Adam Vinatieri clears out his locker at the Colts complex Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Indianapolis. The Colts were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens, 24-9, in a NFL football wild card playoff game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Chuck Pagano

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano responds to a question during a news conference at the Colts complex Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Indianapolis. The Colts were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens, 24-9, in a NFL football wild card playoff game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Chuck Pagano

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano responds to a question during a news conference at the Colts complex Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Indianapolis. The Colts were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens, 24-9, in a NFL football wild card playoff game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson has been selected the Sporting News' NFL executive of the year.

The publication announced the selection Monday after Grigson edged Denver Broncos executive vice president John Elway 9-8 in a poll of NFL coaches and executives.

Grigson was the architect behind the Colts' return to the playoffs this year after a 2-14 finish a year ago. He took Pro Bowl quarterback Andrew Luck in the first round to lead a draft class that also included Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, T.Y. Hilton, Vick Ballard and LaVon Brazill.

Grigson also had to rebuild a team that lost Peyton Manning, defensive captains Gary Brackett and Melvin Bullitt, tight ends Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme, receiver Pierre Garcon and center Jeff Saturday over the offseason.