Comeback Kid by John Elway

By John Elway

John Elway, the winningest quarterback in NFL background, stocks his triumphs and tribulations with younger readers and encourages them to recollect that victory in any undertaking is simply a comeback away.

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I wanted to snow ski, like my sisters did most weekends in the winter, but Dad wouldn’t let me, fearing I’d injure a knee. I dreamed of being Cowboy running back Calvin Hill (who also wore number 35). ) I was late to John’s first football game. I walked in at halftime and remember seeing a basketball coach I knew walking out. “Either those players are the worst I’ve ever seen or your son is the best player I’ve ever seen,” the coach said. —Jack Elway I wanted to play organized football as soon possible.

Whatever success I’ve had on the field has extracted a price of pain. Dad always said if you expect something for nothing then the price is too high. Hits are going to hurt when you play a contact sports like football. I’ve had five knee operations, a fractured rib, torn rotator cuff, groin and hamstring pulls, sprained elbows and fingers, countless bruises and turf burns, and one season a sore elbow that stung every time I threw. Still, in 14 seasons I missed just 15 games. The fame of playing in the NFL has brought thousands of letters and requests from people, many of whom are in pain.

I reached the district level a couple of times before being eliminated. What crushed me the most was knowing that one more victory would have earned me a cool football uniform. A few awards came from AAU track meets, where I won sprint races. One day I was out painting the house, and John asked if he could have $5. I thought he wanted it to go to the store or something. Later, I found out he used it to enter a nearby AAU track meet. ” —Jack Elway Unfortunately, my blazing foot speed stayed in Montana when Dad took a job as an assistant football coach at Washington State University, and we moved to Pullman, Washington.

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