DENVER (CBS4) – There’s one thing fans know about Elway — he works best with the ball in his hands.

Elway made a lot of the shots when the Broncos made some tough cuts last week. He sat right in the middle of the Champ Bailey negotiations, and it’s no secret where he stands in the Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow situation.

Elway the executive isn’t afraid to stand tall in the pocket. He’s doing what he wanted to do since he retired — running the team he led to two Super Bowls. While some questioned just how committed he would be, it’s been evident by how quickly he’s jumped in with both feet.

“It’s something I love doing, it’s in my blood, and so it’s been great. Obviously we’ve had a lot of ground to cover in a short period of time because we were a little bit behind because we didn’t have a head coach at the end of the season,” Elway said. “So we’ve gone through that and got the staff in and got them kind of adjusted to Denver and our players … I’ve enjoyed every step of it so far.”
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Elway and Mike Shanahan were a perfect pair when they produced the greatest years in team history. Shanahan knows exactly why Elway was so successful on the field, and he believes that same fire will serve him well as he begins the newest chapter of his life.

“He’s the ultimate competitor. He’s going to do everything he can to make sure the franchise gets back to where it’s been,” Shanahan said. “I really believe he will get it done. He’s a great leader, knows how to delegate responsibility, his dad was a great football coach; he’s learned a lot from him. Just being around the game, studying the game; he’ll know the things that don’t come automatically to him right away.”

If anyone knows Elway as well or even better than Shanahan, it’s his former roommate and backup Gary Kubiak, who is now the head coach for the Houston Texans.

“I just know his passion for the game and on top of that, for the city of Denver and the Broncos,” Kubiak said. “I’m excited for him and I’m excited for the city … I was teasing him. I said, ‘Now I have someone to gripe with on Mondays about what happened on Sunday.’

“To think about what he did for that organization and that city, and now he brings that back after being away for a few years; that’s what Denver is all about. It’s always been about family and the Broncos are one big family and the city loves him.”

Elway has been successful at everything he’s tried — on the field as a player, leading the Colorado Crush to a championship as an owner and executive, and in the business world. But deep down, those who know him and understand him best know he’s exactly where he wants to be, doing exactly what he wants to do.

“I’m really not surprised … I knew he missed football and John gets a chance to get back in the arena and be competitive and try to win a championship another way,” Kubiak said. “I wouldn’t bet against him. I bet he finds a way to do it.”

But for many fans and people who don’t know Elway, he still has a lot to prove.

Comments (8)
  1. Michi says:

    Will really be fun watchinog the Broncos this year. Go John !

    1. BroncoFanSince1982 says:

      I’ll be there all season tailgating and rooting them on in the SOUTH STANDS!!! Broncos baaaabyyyy!!!

  2. Greg says:

    John Elway has always been a class act. It’s good to see him back in the game.

  3. John Conway says:

    How come nobody remenbers that Elway also lost three super bowels??

    1. chad says:

      Hey John,

      Lets remember who got us there to begin with. Sure as hell you had nothing to do with it.

      1. BroncoFanSince1982 says:

        Oh come on look at Greg’s facts!!!! He’s done plenty to get the respect he deserves!! Now give him the props he deserves you hater!!

    2. BroncoFanSince1982 says:

      John Conway — 0
      John Elway — 3

      Check out those facts!!! HA!

  4. Greg says:

    I guess it’s all in how you want to look at the numbers. From 1967 (the first year of the Super Bowl) to Elways arrival in 1983 (a 16 year span), the Broncos had one Super Bowl appearance (a loss). From 1983 to 1998 (the “Elway years” – a 15 year span) the Broncos had 5 Super Bowl appearances with 2 wins and 3 loses (a 40% win record). Since the 1998 season there have been 12 more Super Bowls and the Broncos have not been in any of them. Of the 45 Super Bowls, the Broncos have been to 6 of which Elway took them to 5. Elway has more Super Bowl starts than any other quarterback, and only 4 other quarterbacks (Bradshaw, Montana, Brady and Aikman) have a better record. Sure, he could have been more successful, but he did better than most as it is.

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