John Elway Used To Prefer Playing Running Back, Thought Quarterback Was ‘Pretty Darn Boring’

by Madison Miller
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The bright Friday Night Lights, cheering fans, and coursing competition make football many Americans go-to sport to watch. While “boring” is probably not a sports fan’s No.1 word to call football, it is what former quarterback John Elway would call one position.

Elway was Bored

Unfortunately, it was the position he played.

In an Instagram post from ESPN, featuring a quote from Peyton’s Places, the former quarterback admits he preferred the running back position. It provided a bit more excitement than his quarterback role.

“There’s no question, the first part of my life I really thought quarterback was pretty darn boring.”

There are definitely mixed reactions when it comes to Elway’s time as both a quarterback and wanna-be running back. The former quarterback is currently the general manager and president of football operations for the Denver Broncos.

One commenter on the post said, “He’s not even good.” While another said, “Good QB. Worst GM in the league.”

According to Pro Football Reference, the player had 51,475 yards, 300 touchdowns, and 226 interceptions. Elway played for 16 seasons and was named all-pro. He helped the Broncos win two Super Bowls and was named MVP of the Super Bowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons.

Quarterback to GM

Right now, Elway’s time as a quarterback, boring or not, is in his past.

Now, his goal is to help lead the Broncos to victory as their GM. The Broncos are 4-7 right now and play the Kansas City Chiefs at 7:20 tonight. The Chiefs are 10-1, so a win against them could be huge since it hasn’t happened since 2015.

“I think we’re all hoping that we can continue to try to play better than we are … We’ve had some good streaks, some good quarters, and to try to put a full four quarters together this week would be great. Obviously, we’re going against a very, very good football team in the defending world champs, so we’ve got our hands full, but I think the key thing is to try to play more-consistent football and hopefully get out of Kansas City with a win,” Elway told’s Phil Milani.

The Chiefs are a strong team with their quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, creating a sold, hard-to-beat team.

Elway said that the Chiefs are playing even better than they did last year.

Before, the Broncos had three quarterbacks on the Reserve/COVID-19 list this week. Now, at least one quarterback, which will be either Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, or Blake Bortles, can play against the Chiefs tonight.