John Albert Elway II has been at the center of the Denver Broncos controversy since his retirement. Elway made it clear when he was drafted that he didn't want to play for the Baltimore Colts. So what that he is the only Broncos QB to play in multiple Super Bowls, as well as win back to back Super Bowls.
But is John Elway officially the cancer of the Denver Broncos?
Elway has ownership in both of Denver's football teams, the Crush and the Broncos. There is a giant statue in Broncos HQ of him. He has been the learning curve that every single Broncos quarterback after him has had to compete with.
But most of all, he is the one that is possibly responsible for the downfall of the Broncos.
Bubby Brister, Brian Griese, Jake Plummer and Jay Cutler all have had to live up to the hype of ol' #7. And it's because of that, they've all had to suffer the consequences of not living up to the legend that is John Elway.
But is living up to Elway really worth it?
The guy lost three Super Bowls before getting it right in 1998. His numbers were truly Hall of Fame-worthy. Since then, he's been inducted into Canton, got divorced from his wife Janet and has ensured that there will be some sort of family feud with his oldest daughter Jessica playing basketball at Stanford and his only son Jack playing football at Arizona State.
But the story gets even more bizarre. Elway is even planning a wedding to Paige Green, who is a former cheerleader for the Oakland Raiders, the heated rivals of the Broncos.
But Elway has continued to be a huge part of the Broncos organization. In all honesty, it's clear to see that Bowlen would like Elway to become the head coach of the Broncos. Why else would the guy continue to be as close to Elway as possible? It's obvious that the coaching carousel in Denver has to end somewhere.
And considering Elway did coach his son at Cherry Creek High School last year, it's obvious what the future holds for Denver.
Since Elway retired from the Broncos in 1999, Denver has not seen the Super Bowl since. They got close three years ago, but Ben Roethlisberger (who wears #7 in honor of Elway) silenced that one at the 2006 AFC Championship Game in Denver.
So is Elway the cancer that is killing the Legacy of the Denver Broncos?
Considering that every quarterback has to live up to his name, the statue that graces Broncos HQ is a constant reminder to every quarterback that comes to play for Denver that this is who you have to truly impress, what do you think? Today, Elway has said publicly that "I am disappointed that this situation had to end this way."
Is he really disappointed? And why the hell would they ask him and not Plummer, the guy who lost his job to Cutler? Is Elway slated to replace J-Mac as head coach in two seasons?
Because if the Broncos aren't in the postseason after that, he's gone.