Elway Alone

May 2003

5280: You read the things about you? JE: Not as much as I used to, but I have to say it's easier now. When you retire, everything they say is great. They forget about all the interceptions and the losses; all anyone wants to remember is the good throws and the good games, which is nice.

But, if anything, it blows up the legend even more. And I'm not as great as people think I am. I'm a human being. I make mistakes. I wear my emotions on my sleeve, which is something that I think people liked about me as a player because they could see that I cared about the game. But it gets me in trouble, too. I know that was a problem in my marriage a lot of times. She could read everything on my face.

But I guess the perception is pretty close to the reality. I think I'm perceived as a pretty normal guy. I never tried to put myself on a pedestal.

You can have all the success, all the material things, but - and I know I've said this a couple of times already - it all comes down to the relationships. When I do die, I want to peek out of my coffin at the funeral and say, "That was my friend, and that was my friend, and him and him." I want there to be people there that I truly cared about and who truly cared about me.

5280: Any regrets? JE: I regret what I'm going through with my family. This is something I never imagined would happen. So that's probably what I regret most, that we couldn't get things worked out.