"You always wish you could be 25 years old and playing football. You always wish that. Nothing compares to playing quarterback," said Elway, leaning back in his chair at his Dove Valley office, where an $18 million gamble on quarterback Peyton Manning made the Broncos an unexpected contender for the Super Bowl during Elway's second season as executive vice president of
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football operations in Denver. "But because I can't play, this job is the next best thing."