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Kelly Klein of the Broncos, only 30 years old, broke the barrier as the new voice of the Denver front desk: “She was involved in everything.”

Sometimes procrastination is beneficial, and waiting until the last minute can change your life.

As early as Kelly Kleine was respected for her persistence in completing tasks and professional ethics, which promoted her rise in the NFL front desk. She is just another college student whose to-do list does not always include homework.

The spring of 2012 is a typical example. For one mission, Klein had to interview a person in the field of sports communication, and time was running out.

“There are still two days before the due date. I thought,’Oops, I have to find someone,”‘ she told the Denver Post in a training camp interview.

Through classmates, Klein got in touch with Jeff Anderson, who was then the director of corporate communications for the Minnesota Vikings. Because she didn’t have a car, her roommate Molly at the University of Minnesota drove her to a team facility on the outskirts of Eden Prairie.

Soon, as soon as the table turned, Anderson interviewed Klein and joined the Vikings’ match day internship program.

That meeting started an impressive and incredible journey. Impressive, because Klein is considered the NFL’s second-ranked woman in team football. Unlikely, because her football experience before joining the Vikings was to participate in the Green Bay Packers game and assist the sports information department of her university.

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Klein was hired on April 17, with a long title — special adviser to football operations executive director and general manager George Parton — and so did her job description. In her office next to Patton on the second floor of the Broncos facility, she is responsible for overseeing the team’s equipment and video department, organizing the team’s professional/college scouting work, conducting professional scouting, and is the top administrative officer of Patton.

“She was involved in everything,” said Parton, who oversaw Klein on the Vikings from 2013-20. “For me, she is the contact person for many different departments. She is responsible for many things and is a sounding board for me.”

Provides a sounding board for Payton and other women in the sports industry. She will not actively wave a banner and shout: “Look at me! I have a big title!” But she knows the platform she has and will provide guidance to any young women who seek it.

Brittany Bowlen, senior vice president of strategy for the Broncos and the daughter of the late owner Pat Bowlen, said: “She is confident, but in a humble way, she is Very talented.”

Klein is only 30 years old.

Andy Cross, Denver Post

On August 6, 2021, Kelly Kleine (left), the Executive Director of Football Operations/Special Advisor to the General Manager, watches the training camp at the UCHealth Training Center.

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The family rules of Arthur and Barb Kleine from Sheboygan, Wisconsin were passed on to their three children (Eric, Amy, and Kelly): participate in sports or find a job. You will work in the summer. Housework is not a request, but a demand. When the university arrives, get your student loan application as early as possible.

Eric, 34, is a teacher, and Amy, 33, works for Kohler in Sheboygan. When Kelly entered the late high school, both of them went to college. She played basketball, softball and golf in Sheboygan North. Standing 5 feet 3 1/2 inches tall, Kelly said she was a “hype” on the bench, only playing when basketball broke out, being “okay” as a shortstop and “quite good” on the golf course.

Kieine knew she wanted to leave the “Sheboygan bubble” to go to a college. Her parents wanted Kelly to play golf in a small school. Kelly and Bab are visiting St. Thomas, a private university in Sao Paulo.

“We said,’Look at the University of Michigan while we are here,'” Kelly said. “I went to campus and fell in love with it.”

Wisconsin residents who participated in Minnesota were eligible for in-state tuition, which led Kelly to make a decision.

Klein works in the sports information department of the Gophers and is responsible for the publicity of swimming and women’s basketball.

“I thought I would go the (media relations) route,” she said. “My dream job in college was to be a side reporter, but then I realized that I was not a good, clear speaker, so I gave up this dream and entered the public relations department of Minnesota.”

Kelly Klein of the Broncos, only 30 years old, broke the barrier as the new voice of the Denver front desk: "She was involved in everything."
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