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John Elway endorses Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

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As endorsements for lifetime appointments go, this could be even more significant than Tom Brady stumping for Jason Taylor to get to the Hall of Fame.

Via Peter Marcus of the Colorado Springs Gazette, Broncos executive John Elway sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, endorsing conservative Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Elway described the Colorado native as having “tremendous intelligence, character and fairness,” while pointing out that he’s a big Broncos fan — which is obviously important for people whose job is to interpret the Constitution.

Though the letterhead has a huge Broncos logo across the top, the team was careful to point out that it was Elway’s personal letterhead and that the endorsement was independent of the team.

Of course, that’s largely a moot point, for a few reasons. First and foremost, John Elway is the Broncos and the Broncos are John Elway. He’s the best player in franchise history and runs the place, so trying to draw a line between him and their functions seems irrelevant.

And he’s long been involved in Republican politics, as have other team officials (including team president Joe Ellis who is nephew of former President George H.W. Bush and thus the cousin of President George W. Bush).

So while the team might feel uncomfortable with a blatant political endorsement, it’s also a fairly obvious stance that he’d take. Being the boss apparently allows you to take such public positions without being labeled a distraction.

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31 Responses to “John Elway endorses Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch”
  1. factschecker says: Mar 20, 2017 2:58 PM

    Ironically John Elway does happen to look an awful lot like the Broncos logo so it was indeed his personal letter head.

  2. husskey says: Mar 20, 2017 2:59 PM

    I blame Russia when I lose!

  3. artvan15 says: Mar 20, 2017 3:00 PM

    I’m sure your endorsement will not sway the Democrats John!!!

  4. mvp43 says: Mar 20, 2017 3:10 PM

    I now respect John Elway even more.

  5. niners816 says: Mar 20, 2017 3:12 PM

    Uh oh, he’s a conservative. Lets hear from PFT why he’s a bad guy now and bash him for not believing in what you believe in. Liberal tears taste so good!

  6. thisoneguy1 says: Mar 20, 2017 3:18 PM

    Questions:
    1. This is America and John Elway is free to be involved with politics if he wishes. But why would anyone else care who a former QB and current GM does or doesn’t endorse for anything outside of football?
    2. Does Elway or anyone else really believe he has any real influence on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and if not, doesn’t that make his letter a pointless exercise in addition to not being particularly newsworthy?

  7. sdcarpetbagger says: Mar 20, 2017 3:22 PM

    So his freedom of speech bothers you?

  8. biancaneri says: Mar 20, 2017 3:24 PM

    “Elway described the Colorado native as having “tremendous intelligence, character and fairness,” while pointing out that he’s a big Broncos fan — which clearly undercuts his entire argument”.

  9. stoopidfool says: Mar 20, 2017 3:25 PM

    what an idiot

  10. gripless says: Mar 20, 2017 3:29 PM

    His opinion matters why?

  11. turfdaddy says: Mar 20, 2017 3:36 PM

    Whew!! I’m glad Elway supports him. That’s a load off my shoulders.

  12. painsyndicate says: Mar 20, 2017 3:37 PM

    I always knew John Elway was good man. Well done John.

  13. tecmobowl34 says: Mar 20, 2017 3:42 PM

    sdcarpetbagger says:
    Mar 20, 2017 3:22 PM
    So his freedom of speech bothers you?

    *************************

    Pretty sure you had a different opinion when it came to Colin Kaepernick

  14. nyfootballgiants says: Mar 20, 2017 3:44 PM

    Mike,

    It’s called the Golden Rule. He who holds the Gold makes the rules.

    If Colin K wants to run his own business, then he will have that right. However, as someone who hires people all of the time, i can tell you that many employers do not want to be affiliated with controversial people. Especially those who can not peform at an adequate level.

  15. dansardo says: Mar 20, 2017 3:44 PM

    I don’t like the broncos and I don’t particularly like Elway, I don’t particularly like trump either,

    but when Elway, starts demonstrating at the beginning of games rather than writing an endorsement letter to express his political beliefs, let me know, then I might have an issue with it.

    I don’t care what Elway’s political beliefs are. I don’t care what Krap’s is either, but if he had decided to write a letter (if he is even capable of that) about it instead of subjecting us to them every game he played, I would have been less irritated with him

  16. justafan24 says: Mar 20, 2017 3:45 PM

    Still not tired of winning.

  17. qb1342 says: Mar 20, 2017 3:47 PM

    Elway obviously thinks most fans have read the US Constitution and realize this isn’t a political, left vs. right issue, but rather this is about somebody who has the integrity to let the Constitution mean what it says rather than wanting to be part of a 9-person supreme authority who can make it say whatever they want without limitation to their power.

    I think he underestimated how much those who want the government to control our lives would twist the endorsement… but then again the comments on here are largely spot on when it comes to these issues, so maybe he’s being really smart after all!

  18. kevpft says: Mar 20, 2017 3:54 PM

    Wealthy people misusing their financial interests for advocacy that borders on (or crosses the line of) conflicts of interest is pretty much the theme of this administration, isn’t it?

  19. redlikethepig says: Mar 20, 2017 4:09 PM

    No surprise. Shouldn’t all rich people support this sort of corporate takeover of government?

  20. wolfiereasonedlife says: Mar 20, 2017 4:14 PM

    Huh, so Elway endorses a conservative nutjob. Ok

  21. ee00ee says: Mar 20, 2017 4:42 PM

    Liberal or Conservative in this issue should matter over what his issued rulings have been. Those speak to his mind. His ruling the government owes nothing that the negligible minimum to severely handicapped and disabled students is appalling.

    God forbid yours, his, or any child is need of these extra educational measures, but if they do I hope this soulless man isn’t determining policy. I want all children to have opportunities even if their physical limitations make it harder for us to provide it for them.

    If you’ve read this please don’t just take my word for this. Please, read more about this mans rulings before you blindly support his nomination based on partisanship.

  22. ee00ee says: Mar 20, 2017 4:43 PM

    *shouldn’t matter over what his issued rulings…

  23. 24601jvj says: Mar 20, 2017 4:54 PM

    IF Elway endorses him that in itself is reason to deny him a seat on the big court!

  24. jayhawk6 says: Mar 20, 2017 5:14 PM

    Just another reason, on top of the cheating to win two Super Bowls, to dislike Elway.

  25. joparks2012 says: Mar 20, 2017 6:30 PM

    kevpft says:
    Mar 20, 2017 3:54 PM

    Wealthy people misusing their financial interests for advocacy that borders on (or crosses the line of) conflicts of interest is pretty much the theme of this administration, isn’t it?
    _________________________________________

    Kev, this is the theme of any administration, doesn’t matter the party. If you think the party that lost in November wasn’t wealthy and wasn’t crossing the line in terms of conflicts of interest, you need to be more diverse in your reading.

  26. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Mar 20, 2017 7:33 PM

    I thought Mr. Ed was supposed to be smart

  27. rcali says: Mar 20, 2017 8:48 PM

    Darn, if the globalist was still in charge and it was his guy, Elway would have gotten a key to the state from Hawaii and California.

  28. frank booth says: Mar 20, 2017 9:18 PM

    kevpft says:
    Mar 20, 2017 3:54 PM
    Wealthy people misusing their financial interests for advocacy that borders on (or crosses the line of) conflicts of interest is pretty much the theme of this administration, isn’t it?
    ===================================
    Which is the same thing that occurred in the previous administration. Zuckerman, Gates, Soros among others as well as all of Hollywood.

  29. denverdave3 says: Mar 21, 2017 8:10 AM

    e00ee says:
    Mar 20, 2017 4:42 PM
    Liberal or Conservative in this issue should matter over what his issued rulings have been. Those speak to his mind. His ruling the government owes nothing that the negligible minimum to severely handicapped and disabled students is appalling.

    _____________

    You don’t seem to know the role of a judge. It’s not about who needs help or compassion or anything like that. It’s about “the law.” He’s supposed to ask himself if anybody has violated the law. Hence your problem is with the “law makers” (Congress), not the judiciary. You should be angry with your congress person or Senators, not the judges who are charged with the “legalities” of the matters.

  30. max0101 says: Mar 21, 2017 1:28 PM

    ee00ee – take your own advise, read The-judge’s rulings. If you lol at the cases the judge ruled on involving educating handicapped students, he did hi job – which is to follow the.

    In the save Thompson r2-j School District v Luke P, the question before the judge was whether the parents of an autistic student had a valid cause of action to sue the school district for reimbursement if the cost of putting their son in a private school.

    After reading the law and reviewing prior decisions made by other courts in similar cases, it was decided that the school district had met its’ statutory requirements related to developing and implementing an independent education plan for the student – and, therefore, per the federal statute, the parents were statutorily prohibited from suing the district.

    It is a judges duty to interpret an rule on the constitutionality of laws – not make law. The judge indicated in this decision his empathy for the family. But the text of the law did not allow him to rule any differently than he did. If you want school districts to provide more services for handicapped students, take it up with your lawmakers (congressmen and star state legislators) – do not falsely accuse judge Gorsuch of being against educating handicapped students – which is ridiculous.

    If one reads Gorsuch’s decisions as you suggest (and apparently have not dine) – you will find a judge that actually does what he has sworn to do – uphold the laws of the land as passed by our Congress

  31. briscocountyjr says: Mar 21, 2017 7:01 PM

    ee00ee says:
    “God forbid yours, his, or any child is need of these extra educational measures, but if they do I hope this soulless man isn’t determining policy”

    Supreme Court Justice does not determine policy, go study this huge role. SCOTUS interprets the US Constitution only, and that’s the kind of person we want in.

    If you have a beef how he rules, then you need to look at your elected Congress, because they determine policies.

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