John Elway: Time to ‘take the politics out of football’

John Elway: Time to ‘take the politics out of football’
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Former NFL star John Elway, who is now the president of football operations for the Denver Broncos, is calling for politics to be removed from football.

In a statement released Tuesday night, Elway said he believes in standing for the flag and national anthem but that he also understood why players wanted to protest President Trump's comments last weekend.

“I’m one that believes in standing for the national anthem, and I’ve always believed that,” Elway said in the statement, according to NBC Sports.

“I believe that this is the greatest country in the world. We are very fortunate to live here, but it’s obviously not perfect. There are a lot of things that need to be corrected, and we will continue to work on those things," he continued.

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"I’m one that really believes in standing for the flag. I understand the players and the way they felt from the comments that were made earlier in the week. They felt they had to go down and kneel and that’s up to them. Hopefully as we go forward we can start concentrating on football a little bit more. Take the politics out of football. But I think that last week was a good show of unity by the NFL and hopefully this week we can move forward.”

Elway's comments come after President Trump last week spurred controversy after attacking NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

Trump has since doubled down on his attacks, calling for the NFL to put in place a rule barring players from kneeling during the national anthem.

Several players and coaches around the country have spoken out against Trump's comments.

Earlier this year, Elway wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee offering praise for Neil Gorsuch, who was a Supreme Court nominee at the time, using his personal letterhead which has the Broncos logo.