John Elway: “Take the politics out of football”

John Elway, who earlier this year endorsed Neil Gorsuch for a spot on the Supreme Court under a Broncos logo, wants to “take the politics out of football.”

John Elway weighed in on the NFL protests Tuesday. (Sergio Estrada/USA Today Sports)
John Elway weighed in on the NFL protests Tuesday. (Sergio Estrada/USA Today Sports)
John Elway weighed in on the NFL protests Tuesday. (Sergio Estrada/USA Today Sports)

John Elway, who earlier this year endorsed Neil Gorsuch for a spot on the Supreme Court under a Broncos logo, wants to “take the politics out of football.”

Elway offered his opinion about the wave of protests in the NFL last weekend in an interview with his team’s official website Tuesday.

The Denver Broncos general manager and president of football operations said that while he understood why players felt compelled to kneel during the national anthem after President Donald Trump suggested they should be fired for doing so, he hopes they move on.

“I’m one that believes in standing for the national anthem, and I’ve always believed that,” Elway said. “I believe that this is the greatest country in the world. We are very fortunate to live here, but it’s obviously not perfect. There are a lot of things that need to be corrected, and we will continue to work on those things. I’m one that really believes in standing for the flag. I understand the players and the way they felt from the comments that were made earlier in the week. They felt that they had to go down and kneel and that’s up to them. Hopefully as we go forward we can start concentrating on football a little bit more. Take the politics out of football. But I think that last week was a good show of unity by the NFL and hopefully this week we can move forward.”

Elway indicated above that he wants to keep sports and politics separate. But in March, Elway mixed the two when he sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsing  Neil Gorsuch for the nation’s highest court. The paper Elway wrote the letter on featured the Broncos logo printed at the top of it.

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Christian Clark

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