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bronco militia
05-15-2009, 11:17 AM
Elway content with son's decision to quit football

CASTLE ROCK Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway said Thursday that he is comfortable with the decision made by his son, Jack, to quit football.

John Elway said he could not imagine the pressure Jack must have felt in trying to follow in his father's footsteps, especially as a quarterback. After redshirting last fall at Arizona State, the former Cherry Creek High School athlete left the Sun Devils program on April 6, during spring drills, and had ASU release a statement saying he was quitting football. Jack was well down the depth chart.

"He sounds better," John Elway said. "Just talking to him, it's like the world has been lifted off his shoulders. So I'm happy for him."

Jack will remain a student at ASU, his dad said.

Speaking publicly for the first time about his son's decision, John said Jack did not love football to the degree he had. John talked about his son while relaxing at Castle Pines Golf Club following the first round of the Jack A. Vickers Invitational, a fundraiser that supports Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver that is hosted by Elway.

"As a father, you can't always expect that your son follows (in your footsteps) and plays," John said. "I'm really proud of him. He was a late bloomer in football. I hoped that he was going to keep getting better and better.

"Obviously, he had the talent to play in college. But it wasn't in his makeup. As I told him when we were talking about it, 'You know, if you don't love the game of football, it's too hard. It's physical and it's a brutal sport. You have to absolutely love it.' "

John said he talked to former Broncos quarterback Brian Griese about the pressure of following in the footsteps of a legend. Brian's father, Bob Griese, starred for the Miami Dolphins from 1967-80 and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"Brian was kind of talking from Jack's point of view and said, 'John, you know it got tougher for me at college,' " Elway recalled. "That kind of put a green light on it for me to look at it from Jack's perspective."

http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_12374171

Hulamau
05-15-2009, 11:23 AM
Good For John, Brian and Jack! Three good guys.

BigPlayShay
05-15-2009, 11:40 AM
For all the **** that gets talked about Brian, I still admire him. He took on the pressure of following not one but 2 legends.

Glad to see Elway is not a psycho dad.