John Elway comments on Broncos players’ protests during national anthem

In his weekly interview with the team’s website, Broncos general manager John Elway weighed in on players’ protests during the national anthem Sunday as a response to President Donald Trump’s comments.

“I’m one that believes in standing for the national anthem, and I’ve always believed that,” Elway said. “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. 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 that 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 remarks mirrored those of Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, who said Monday he, too, believes in standing for the anthem but respects the players’ right to peacefully protest.