Joe Ellis

Josiah Wear Ellis[1] (born November 16, 1957) is an American football executive who is the president and CEO of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).

Joe Ellis
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Ellis in 2019
Denver Broncos
Personal information
Born: (1957-11-16) November 16, 1957 (age 63)
Colorado, U.S.
Career information
College:Colorado College (B.A., 1980)
Northwestern University (M.A., 1988)
Career history
As an administrator:
Career highlights and awards


Ellis received his bachelor's degree from Colorado College in 1980. He attended graduate school at the L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University to obtain his Master's Degree. Joe graduated from Northwestern in 1988.[2]


Ellis began his career in the NFL with the Denver Broncos as their Director of Marketing from 1983 to 1985. After obtaining his master's degree, he served the league as Vice President of Club Administration and Stadium Management until rejoining the Broncos in 1998 as their Executive Vice President of Business Operations. Joe acted in this capacity for 10 years. In 2008 Joe became the team's Chief Operating Officer. He maintained this position for 3 seasons, until January 5, 2011. After 13 years with the Denver Broncos organization, he was elevated to the position of President of the Denver Broncos. After owner and previous president Pat Bowlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Ellis took control of the team.[2]

Ellis tested positive for COVID-19 on November 3, 2020.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Ellis lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife, Ann. They have three children: two sons, Si and Zander, and a daughter, Catherine.[2] He is also a member of the Bush family through his mother Nancy Walker Bush Ellis, as well as the nephew of former President George H. W. Bush and first cousin of former President George W. Bush and Billy Bush of Access Hollywood.[4]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Two-time Super Bowl champion (XXXIII, 50) - as an executive with the Denver Broncos
  • Named ColoradoBiz's CEO of the Year in 2017[5]
  • Inducted into the Denver and Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame in 2017[6]


  1. ^ "bush/walker/pierce/robinson family tree" (PDF). Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Joe Ellis–Staff Directory". Denver Broncos. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  3. ^ Legwold, Jeff (November 3, 2020). "Denver Broncos president John Elway, CEO Joe Ellis test positive for coronavirus". Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  4. ^ Klis, Mike (November 2, 2008). "Ellis keeps Bush connection quiet". The Denver Post. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
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