NFL legendary quarterback and Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway threw his support behind Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday in a letter urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve the Colorado judge.
“A native of Colorado, Neil has demonstrated tremendous intelligence, character and fairness while serving for more than a decade on the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit,” Elway wrote, according to The Washington Post.
“His credentials, integrity and sound moral compass are major reasons why he’s already received so much bipartisan support for his nomination …”
“I look forward to having Neil Gorsuch, one of our own from the great state of Colorado, as the next Supreme Court Justice,” he concluded.
Elway had nothing but good things to say about the nominee.
A reporter from the Colorado Springs Gazette claimed on social media that the letter was printed on Denver Broncos letterhead, which caused a bit of a stir on the internet.
However, that turned out to be fake news. A spokesman for the team pointed out the the letter was printed on Elway’s personal stationery.
Not Broncos letterhead. Was written on John’s personal letterhead (see left margin) & his endorsement is independent of the Denver Broncos. https://t.co/9DYZS0Aarq
— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) March 20, 2017
Monday was the first day of Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings.
Gorsuch has served in The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver since 2006.
A quarterback who won two Super Bowls during his 16-year playing career with the Broncos, Elway is well known as a winner on the football field, but his political positions are a little more ambiguous.
In an interview with KUSA earlier this year, he said he’s interested in politics and supports the Republican Party but that he would never run for political office, even though the topic comes up from time to time.
And while the Denver news station KDVR reported that fans spotted the former quarterback at President Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony in January, it also reported that there was no record of Elway ever endorsing Trump for president.
Still, the Hall of Famer certainly gave Gorsuch a glowing endorsement, and that’s definitely good news.
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