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Old 04-18-2014, 08:52 AM   #1
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"To dominate the game with the football in your hand is a wondrous achievement. But to put down the ball and dominate the game with the pen in your hand is almost unthinkable.

Washed up stars are supposed to take jobs in which they wear makeup, crack jokes and slap backs. In some cases, they are allowed to be assistant coaches, or front-office men with small offices and smaller voices. Most accomplished players never even try to run a football team, or never are given the chance to try. Matt Millen gave it a shot. So did Larry Wilson. They did not exactly break down the door for others.

In the three years John Elway has been in charge, the Broncos have a .708 winning percentage and have made a Super Bowl appearance and three playoff appearances. What's more, he has operated with the kind of panache you would expect from the quarterback who engineered The Drive and led his team to two Super Bowl victories.

Elway is different. Just as he was a once in a generation quarterback, he is a once in a generation quarterback turned executive.

At his introductory press conference as the Broncos vice president of football operations, he famously said, "I know what I don't know." Men who have accomplished what Elway did sometimes think everything they don't know could fit on a post it note. And that is what separates him..."


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Old 04-18-2014, 08:53 AM   #2
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:03 AM   #3
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:05 AM   #4
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Mine would be too, but I am on an airplane and if I tried doing that here, the two dudes next to me might get upset.

I will leave it with this, it made me want to do all the untoward things guys seem to want from girls to John and then scream, "this one's for John. and this one. and this one. and this one."
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:05 AM   #5
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And maybe this guy.

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Words can't express my Bronco love for John Elway
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:37 AM   #8
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Looking around sports this is true. You have team legends like Jordan who moves on to another team. Or legends like Montana who stays away. Elway truly has orange and blue in his blood. Past present and hopefully future forever.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:45 AM   #9
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Funny, I was explaining this to my wife not a month ago... There's no figure in sports that compares with what John Elway means to his fan base. Ironically, Al Davis might the the closest comparison - except he was a head coach, not a player.
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Jerry West? Maybe Franz Beckenbauer for Team Germany or Diego Maradona for Argentina but those are national teams.
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Just an exceptional mind. Why he wasn't here more than decade ago rests solely on the shoulders of Mike Shanahan, with some complicity from Pat Bowlen. What a waste of those post-Super Bowl years. Damn.
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Just an exceptional mind. Why he wasn't here more than decade ago rests solely on the shoulders of Mike Shanahan, with some complicity from Pat Bowlen. What a waste of those post-Super Bowl years. Damn.
Would he have been ready that long ago? I think in many ways it's good, he had time to run other businesses and the Crush football team. He's probably better for having waited to get as involved. Plus as hard as it has been for every QB that's followed him, imagine if he was their boss?
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