John Elway will turn 50 on Monday, and as the Hall of Fame Broncos quarterback reflects on what he’s already accomplished in life and what he’d still like to do, owning an NFL team is on his mind.
Elway told Woody Paige of the Denver Post that he’d love to buy a piece of the Broncos from owner Pat Bowlen, and that if that doesn’t happen, he’d also be interested in being involved in another franchise.
“That’s always a possibility, but it really depends on what Pat’s going to do,” Elway said. “Would I like to be a part owner? Yes. I’d like for it to happen here. If not, and there is an opportunity somewhere else, I’d definitely look at that, too.”
Elway doesn’t have the kind of money to buy a team outright, but after selling his car dealerships for more than $80 million, he does have the money to be an investor in a team.
For now, however, it appears that Elway is focused mostly on rebuilding his relationship with the Broncos, a relationship that became strained after his retirement, as he and ex-coach Mike Shanahan didn’t always see eye to eye.
“Honestly, some things went on between Mike and me,” said Elway, who wouldn’t give any details.
Elway says he has bonded with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, and wants to help the Broncos in whatever role he can. For now he doesn’t have any kind of formal title with the team, but in the future he could be McDaniels’ boss.