“I don’t have that desire to climb another mountain”: Broncos legend Hall of Famer John Elway bids farewell to football after 62 years

John Elway recently announced his retirement, bringing an end to an era for the Broncos and the NFL as a whole. He is the first ever in the NFL community to have success both as a player and a GM throughout his career.

Elway ranks among the top five all-time in numerous categories, including pass attempts, completions, and passing yards, also leaving a legacy of greatness to the Broncos family, having won three Super Bowls as a player and as a general manager.

The remarkable career of John Elway has ended for good

Last month, Elway’s football career as well as his contract with the Denver Broncos came to an end. After retiring, John left the team a heartfelt message in The Denver Gazette’s Woody Paige.

“I’ve been with the Broncos for 28 years over the past 40 years since I came to Denver, and I can’t think of a better ownership that (the late) Pat (Bowlen) could have as his successor. I’ll always be a Bronco and a fan, and I told (CEO) Greg Penner I’m here if they call on me for anything.”

“I don’t have that desire to climb another mountain again. I’ve been to the summit a bunch of times in 62 years,” John said.

The 62-year-old has spent 28 years with the Broncos and has already given his all to the team. He is now ready to move on to other endeavors, saying that he has “quality time remaining.”

John Elway's slate wiped clean after winning 'The One' Super Bowl in 1998 – The Denver Post

“My body took care of me for so long I now want to take care of my body in the QTR.’’ What? “Quality Time Remaining’’.

When Duke turned 50, he revealed his one dream of becoming “the villain in a cowboy movie,” and in an interview with Woody Paige, the Broncos legend confirmed that he still harbors that dream.

“I still would like to be in a cowboy movie, but I’m a bit old. They aren’t making many Westerns anymore. Maybe I’ll call Kevin Costner and get a part in Yellowstone TV series,” the former Broncos stated.

The Broncos fans will undoubtedly miss him on the field, but one thought that might calm them down is the possibility of watching the star on the big screen in a cowboy film one day.

We at SportsZion wish John Elway a happy retirement!


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