October 2, 2012
It shouldn't have come as a great surprise Monday when the Mitt Romney campaign announced it had the support of former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway.
The campaign released a written statement from the Broncos' executive vice president for football operations saying that in tough economic times, the country needs a president who understands how to get America working again. The statement went on to say America needs a comeback team, and Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan are that team.
Elway's political support is in line with several others in the NFL, although Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has been pretty much on the sidelines this year.
According to a Washington Examiner report, political donors connected to the NFL have donated more money to Republicans than Democrats.
The Examiner got its information from a recent Sunlight Foundation tally.
According to the report, team employees, including players, owners and staff, have donated more than $1.5 million for this election cycle. Of that money, Republicans received nearly three times as much from donors associated with football teams as did Democrats.
One of the top GOP supporters is Miami Dolphins owner Steven Ross. Among the top Democratic owners is Pittsburgh Steelers owner Tim Rooney.