John Elway conducted an official survey among football experts last week. "O.K.," he said, "who wants me to keep playing next year?"
Five hands went up out of five.
"You have to say why," he said.
Jordan Elway, 10, said, "Because you have to keep playing until you win the Super Bowl."
"But I might have to play until I'm 65," he said.
"That's O.K.," she said.
Then Jessica Elway, 12, said, "Because I don't know what it would be like if you didn't play."
Janet Elway, 36, said, "Because why would you quit when everything's going so well?"
John chewed on that a second and then asked, "But wouldn't that be a great way to go out?"
Juliana Elway, 6, couldn't think of a reason, but Jack Elway, 8, said, "Well, I'd like you to keep playing, but if you want to quit, Dad, you can, if you think you're going to get hurt."