Elway Makes Ballers Bawl
He played his entire career without an ACL (injured in high school), but before football, he turned down an offer to pitch for the New York Yankees. On top of his Superbowl XXXII win as QB of the Denver Broncos, John Elway also engineered a legendary series of plays in a football game known by all fans simply as "The Drive".
The Drive came during the fourth quarter of the 1986 AFC Championship game between the Broncos and Browns. With 5:02 remaining, Elway led his team 98 yards in 15 plays in freezing, blizzard-like conditions to tie the game with 37 seconds left. Denver went on to win in overtime 23-20. It stands the test of time as the prototypical clutch come-from-behind, tough-it-out win in the game of professional football.
It was a tough win over a tough team, by a tough team, led by a tough guy.
John Elway knows football, and he knows players when he sees them. Now, as the GM of the Denver Broncos, he has made his ballers bawl for being "soft". I don't normally write about sports, this isn't by definition a sports column or I'd write about the flailing Cowboys or the streaking Saint's, but frankly, I've lost interest in the games over the past few years (way before the kneeling controversy) because, honestly, I think the whole game has softened up.
The rules changes that are to protect against letting the quarterback get hit, the tackling changes, the loss of the "head slap" by the defensive linemen have, to me, made it a Sunday afternoon high-speed, semi-tough touch football game in shoulder pads. On top of the softened up rules, there are the endless delays from the frame-by-frame, millisecond, hair-splitting replays of whether a catch is a catch or not.
Oh sure, you see a tremendous collision here and there, and now and then, an action that'll make you wince in pain from behind the bowl of chips on your coffee table, but not as often. Not as fierce.
Now Elway, the GM of the Denver Broncos, in the face of losing six games in a row and a loss yesterday to the Bengals of all teams - their first Bengal loss at home since 1975 (that's 42 years) - has called his players "soft" and it made a few of them cry after the game in the locker room.
There's no crying in baseball, by the way, and it looks like footballers aren't as tough as they used to be.
These days, NFL players everywhere are amped up on emotion. It was only a matter of time before 260lbs players got their feelings hurt by words. C'mon fellers, get over it and buck up.