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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Elway wants Steve Young in Denver
MSNBC (AP) 26Apr00 S2
By Associated Press

DENVER, COLORADO -- Retired Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway surprised reporters by saying that he would love to see LDS Church member Steve Young, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, join the Broncos next season. Elway led the Bronco's to Super Bowl victories in 1998 and 1999, and thinks the team could do it again this coming year.

Young, who just returned last week from a round-the-world honeymoon trip, seems to be holding all the cards in the decision. After missing 13 games last season because of a concussion, he reportedly wants to play again, according to his agent, Leigh Steinberg. Young could be released by the 49ers after June 1st, should he not pass a physical exam.

Why would the 49ers want to release their star quarterback? The team has been under pressure from the NFL for violating the league's salary cap rules, and releasing Young would relieve them of some of the restrictions. For his part, Young is said to want another Super Bowl ring, and that is unlikely to happen in San Francisco, which will probably spend the year trying to rebuild. The Broncos, on the other hand, have money to spare under the cap because of the drug suspension of Dale Carter.

In addition, should he join the Broncos, Young would be playing again for Coach Mike Shanahan, who was offensive coordinator for San Francisco when they won the Super Bowl in 1995, and Gary Kubiak, now Denver's offensive coordinator, who was an assistant coach for San Francisco in 1995.

"I think he can still play," Elway told reporters at a celebrity golf tournament he was playing in. "It's a matter if he can still take the hits. From everything I've seen, it's going to really be up to whether Steve wants to play or not. Obviously, he can still play and he's got a lot of experience and knows this system," Elway said. "I think he could come in here and hit the ground running because he's been with Mike and Gary."

The possibility then presented an opportunity for Coach Mike Shanahan to poke fun at reporters yesterday. Shanahan was asked by reporters to review the quarterback's status, and responded, "Well, Brian [Griese] obviously is No. 1. And Gus [Frerotte] is No. 2. And Steve is No. 3 . . ." The reporters were caught off guard to think that Young would be the third-string quarterback, until they realized that Shanahan meant former Weber State University quarterback Steve Buck.


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