Local Product Paton Saddles Up as Broncos’ GM

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George Paton was hired recently as general manager of the Denver Broncos. The former La Cañada Flintridge resident signed a six-year deal with the historic franchise.

There’s been an edge to George Paton ever since he was growing up in La Cañada Flintridge, and for good reason. He always had to battle two older brothers at home.
“We competed every day,” he said. “They were five, six years older, so we competed in everything, and I lost a lot because they were older. That’s all we did, is compete.”
It’s also what the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League have done while Paton worked behind the scenes since 2007. In his time as director of player personnel and later assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel, the Vikings drafted 16 Pro Bowl performers, and the former La Cañada High School student hopes to carry that spirit and success into his new role as general manager of the Denver Broncos.

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A Competitor Finds Success With the Minnesota Vikings

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At a game this season, George Paton keeps a close eye on the Minnesota Vikings team he helped construct.

If not for a guy from La Cañada Flintridge, the Minnesota Vikings wouldn’t be as competitive as they have been this season.
As the team’s assistant general manager, George Paton had a big hand in helping construct a roster sturdy enough to weather key injuries and finish the regular season 13-3, earning a place in the National Football League’s divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Part of Paton’s job is evaluating players, gauging their height and weight — and their nature.
“There’s nothing like seeing a player live on game day,” Paton said by phone this week. “Seeing when the lights come on, how they respond. You can see things on tape, but you can’t see how he is at the end of a big play. Is the player tired? How was he on the bench? Was he yelling at his teammates? Was he involved?”
Basically, is he a competitor?
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