Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway announced his endorsement of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on Monday. The NFL great said the Romney-Ryan ticket is the comeback team that the United States needs right now.
Is John Elway Mitt Romney’s Hail Mary in this election campaign? Probably not, but that hasn’t stopped the Republican nominee’s presidential campaign from announcing the endorsement from a Denver icon and two-time Superbowl champion.
Elway made the endorsement at a rally Monday.
The campaign issued a statement in which it stated that Elway has “exemplified leadership” and has had to “overcome challenges during his career.” The statement went onto read that Elway understands how to turn things around and that he is proud to have Elway on the team “to lead the comeback this nation desperately needs.”`
"Governor Romney is a proven leader with the experience and background to turn around our struggling economy. In these tough economic times, we need a president who understands how to get America working again – by standing on the side of taxpayers and small-business owners who do the real job creating," said the Hall of Fame quarterback.
"I am endorsing Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan for President and Vice President because I know having the courage to make decisions and tackle challenges is what leads to results and real change. America needs a comeback team – Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are that team."
Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh noted that the mainstream media could already find the negative in the endorsement by claiming Elway could hurt Romney in the key battleground state of Ohio.
He went onto to explain that in the 1987 AFC Championship game, Elway led "The Drive," a game-tying 98-yard drive against the Cleveland Browns. This helped the Broncos defeat the Browns in overtime.
"Hey, here’s a question for you. Elway endorses Romney. Elway is hated in Ohio. Elway was the author of ‘The Drive’ against the Cleveland Browns, one of the most famous games in NFL history. So is Elway’s endorsement of Romney gonna hurt Romney with Browns fans because the Browns are all important in Ohio, and they hate Elway?" said Limbaugh, according to a transcript.
"Well, I’m just throwing it out there. I mean it’s the way the media might analyze this. I’m just trying to prepare you for what might come of this. It’s the way they connect the dots. I know it sounds ridiculous.”