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As the massive NFL protests Sunday continue to spark controversy, there are a lot of opinions about the issue.

Now, former Denver Broncos quarterback and NFL legend John Elway is speaking up about what happened.

Elway is the general manager of the Broncos. And if he were still an NFL player, you would not ever see him take a knee.

“I'm one that believes in standing for the National Anthem, and I've always believed that. 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,” Elway said in a statement posted on the team's Twitter account.

While more NFL players are joining in on the protests, Elway wants to see the demonstrations leave the field.

Elway said:

"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."

On Sunday, the Denver Broncos face off against the Oakland Raiders. In their last game against the Buffalo Bills, several Broncos took a knee during the national anthem.

Time will tell if the team now decides to heed the boss's advice.

View Comments(55 comments)
Bates Bob(12 likes)How about reporting the good things these "kneelers" DO to help further their cause?  Ar?e there any
ScottyV(10 likes)John is a high-level member of management for the Bronco organization.  He could be working to put a stop to this kneeling bullshit.  Is he doing that?  It doesn't say in the article, but it doesn't look like it.  Just like all of the other teams, the managers and owners are talking out of both sides of their mouths.  How they "love their country", but "understand the players' right to protest".  That's horseshit doublespeak.  The players work for the team owners.  Just like at any other job, the employer has a right to define what's acceptable at work.  Once those players take the field, they represent their employers (the owers).  Trump is 100% correct, the owners could make this crap stop TODAY.  It speaks volumes about how they really feel about this country, our veterans, and the fans.
@DavidCRine(8 likes)Have you folks ever seen the USA Hockey movie "Miracle"? USA Hockey has been a uniter of the USA!! Alternatively, the NFL is now a divider of the USA. The NFL is now very sadly mistaken, and our football day is now Saturday, not Sunday. We reserve Sunday for the LORD.QUOTE:Taya Kyle, the widow of legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, issued a bold challenge to the NFL via Facebook on Tuesday in response to the national anthem protests sweeping the league.Like many other NFL fans, she is tired of seeing the sport focus on “division and anger” instead of the message of unity that it once represented. She is now calling on the NFL to make a real difference in America and urging its players to “get off your knees” to get it done.We are presenting Kyle's entire letter to the NFL without commentary. We recommend reading every word:Dear NFL,You were doing your part to bring people together and heal the world. That's really how healing works. We heal by loving each other and leading by example; showing people what is possible when we love each other just as we are and not only recognize our differences but celebrate them and look at how we can use them together to make us jointly better than our separate parts. You were doing your part celebrating each other based on skills, talent and a joint vision without regard to color and religion.You were doing your part and we were doing ours. We showed up cheering and groaning together to [sic] as one. We talked in the concession lines and commiserated and celebrated our team together. Did it ever occur to you that you and we were already a mix of backgrounds, races and religions? We were already living the dream you want, right in front of you.Your desire to focus on division and anger has shattered what many people loved most about the sport. Football was really a metaphor for our ideal world –different backgrounds, talents, and histories actually made us one big team with one big goal - to do well, to win, TOGETHER.You are asking us to abandon what we loved about togetherness and make choices of division. Will we stand with you? Will we stand with our flag? What does it mean? What does it mean if we buy a ticket or NFL gear? What does it mean if we don't? It is the polar opposite of the easy togetherness we once loved in football.It was simple – we loved you and you loved us – with all of our races, religions and different backgrounds. Simplicity in a crazy world was pretty awesome.You dear NFL, have taken that. You have lost me here.If you ever want to get off your knees and get to work on building bridges, let me know. I have found screaming about the problems in service marriages or even standing in silence in front of them, hasn't healed even one of them. On the other hand, funding the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, building a team and rolling up my sleeves to get in the trenches during my “off time” -volunteering there outside of my paying jobs - has proven to make real change.You have a lot of strong guys, I am sure in the off season a lot of them could build some pretty big bridges if they care enough to do the hard work. That would involve getting off their knees and getting to work though. I can do it while I raise two kids as their only parent and work through the greatest pain of my life, let's see if they can do it for the issues they say they care so much about.Go Longhorns and Sic 'Em …Sincerely,?Taya