Politics and football go together like water and oil, meaning they don’t mix well at all.
We deal with the headache of politics, and then watch football for some relaxation, to get away from the politics. Now the slime of politics are gagging us as we simply try to enjoy competitive sports….on and off the field.
Hall of Fame and Broncos Executive John Elway feels the same ay! He addressed the NFL protests on Tuesday night saying, “America is the greatest country in the world,” and added that people need to “stand for the anthem.”
I agree, Elway. I agree.
Elway said, “I’m one that believes in standing for the national anthem, and I’ve always believed that. 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.”
He continued, “I understand the players and the way they felt from the comments that were made earlier in the week. They felt 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.”
One person not enthralled by Elway’s remarkably good take, was Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. Florio charged Elway with hypocrisy for claiming to want the “politics out of football.” While also lobbying for Supreme Court justices on Broncos’ stationary.
It’s interesting that Elway makes a claim of wanting to take the politics out of football. In March, Elway wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee endorsing the candidacy of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. He did so on his personal letterhead, which includes Broncos logos. Apparently it was OK for Elway to support a political appointee with the weight of the Broncos behind him in March, but now that it’s a protest by the players he wants to “take the politics out of football.”