If John Elway wanted to be safe, he could have continued enjoying retirement and selling cars.
But for Hall of Fame quarterback has taken a hands-on role as the Broncos football boss, and hasn’t been afraid to make tough decisions.
One of the biggest was deciding to move on from quarterback Tim Tebow, despite the fact he led the team to a playoff win last year.
“I believe that there are Tebow fans, and there are Broncos fans,” Elway said, via Lindsay Jones of USA Today. “My responsibility is to the Broncos fans, and my responsibility is to [owner] Pat Bowlen and what he wants to do, and that’s win championships.”
While that quote was part of a larger Elway-as-personnel man piece, it also underlines the lightning rod Tebow has become in New York this week.
It’s clear the Broncos have traded up by getting Peyton Manning, but it seems as obvious they’d have gone this direction without Manning as well.
Coupled with the decision to hire John Fox as his head coach, Elway has presided over a pair of home runs, for a guy who many wondered whether he’d put in the leg work required.
“I’ve never wanted to disappoint anybody that’s entrusted a position on me, whether it was as a player, or the role I’m in now. That’s the challenge, and that’s what makes me tick – that I want to be good at it.” Elway said. “When I got this job and heard the criticism of, ‘Oh he’s not ready’ it was something I was used to, and I used it as an incentive to be able to be good at what I do.”
Both coming back to football and getting rid of Tebow carried a degree of risk for Elway, but at the moment, both appear to be good decisions.