Broncos’ John Elway ‘Not Going to Stay on the Sidelines’ in Fight vs. Inequality

Denver Broncos general manager and president of football operations John Elway is seen before the start of an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

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Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said Friday he’s “not going to stay on the sidelines” during the fight against racial injustice.

Elway, who led the franchise to a pair of Super Bowl titles during his playing career, posted a statement on Twitter after conversations with members of the Broncos organization:

John Elway @johnelway

After a lot of listening, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and felt it was time to join this important conversation. https://t.co/2ncnFvmq33

He noted his discussions over the past week changed his perspective.

“I always thought that since I grew up in a locker room, I knew everything there was to know about understanding teammates from different backgrounds and walks of life,” he wrote. “What I’ve realized is that I could not have been more wrong.”

Elway’s comments come amid nationwide protests seeking racial equality and an end to police brutality after the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis Police custody last week.

Athletes from across the sports spectrum, including those from around the world, have joined the fight.

Broncos linebacker Von Miller was among those to release a statement supporting the movement:

James Palmer @JamesPalmerTV

#broncos Von Miller with a strong statement:

“If you consider yourself an ally, it’s time to have tough conversations with your fellow man because the responsibility of deconstructing bigotry doesn’t fall on those burdened by it.” https://t.co/aRD7DH7S5U

Meanwhile, Denver head coach Vic Fangio received criticism for saying he didn’t see racism in the NFL:

Michael Spencer @MichaelCBS4

Vic Fangio: “I don’t see racism at all in the NFL…if society reflected an NFL team we’d all be great.” @CBSDenver https://t.co/gV635jqgHy

He later apologized.

Elway, 59, was the Broncos’ quarterback from 1983 through 1998 and returned to the organization in 2011 to serve as general manager.

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