John Elway Goes After Rock Band Using His Name

05/31/2011 at 9:00 am By

Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway spent sixteen seasons picking on safeties and cornerbacks, now he’s picking on punk rock bands. Given his new job title of Executive Vice President of Football Operations, I’d say John has alot more on his plate than to be worried about a small-time Colorado rock band named “Elway” using his name.

The band issued a statement that read:

Last Thursday we got an email from a lawyer who represents Mr. Elway in his various legal and business excursions. The letter basically said that John had become aware of our little punk rock band and, though we make no reference to him in our songs or artwork, he saw fit to dispatch his legal team to demand that we (again) change our band name. It is important to note that this letter is not a cease and desist and does not imply that we are being sued, it reads more like a flexing maneuver mired in legalese. Of course, any Coloradoan worth their salt might point out the absurdity of Mr. Elway’s insistence on legally strongarming a virtually unknown punk band rather than focusing his attention on mending the badly broken Denver Broncos, but that’s a whole different issue.

We have no intention of changing the name again. We love the name, regardless of what connotations are inferred by the listener. Surely, if the Dead Kennedys could become one of punk’s most popular bands without incurring litigation, Elway can keep their moniker and continue making so-so music for our dozens of fans to enjoy.

With the Broncos set to take an early summer break, according to the Denver Post, I guess Elway is getting a early start on his to-do list.

John Elway’s To-Do List

1. Get band to stop using my name

2. Fix defense that gave up NFL-worst 390.8 yards/game & 29.4 points per game

3. Coordinate meeting between Dick LeBeau and Dennis Allen

4. Devise a plan to get to over .500 for the first time since 2006

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16 Comments so far

  1. Kris

    on 05/27/2011 - Reply

    I lived in Denver for two years and I can tell you this much.. Elway has a terrible reputation there. Sure, he’s a legend for the Broncos, but also known as being an ass also. This isn’t surprising at all. Good to see he has his priorities straight.

  2. Scott Flanigan

    on 05/27/2011 - Reply


    Congrats on living in Denver for 2 years and for knowing Elway’s priorities. Once you have someone trying to make a buck off your name, go ahead and talk.

    • Kris

      on 05/27/2011 - Reply

      Wah. Wah. I think he has a few “bucks” to spare. Surely he has something better to do with his time.

    • Danbo

      on 05/31/2011 - Reply

      If you are famous, and you don’t want someone to make money off your name, the first thing you should do is NOT hire a lawyer to get them to stop! We are talking about an unknown band called the Elways, that was going nowhere. Well guess what happened? They aren’t unknown anymore. They will probably now make a few bucks, but only because Horse Face complained! Get a clue before you make yourself look like a petty multi-millionaire! What a dufus. Ok, gotta go. I want to go buy everything I can by The Elways, and I don’t even like Punk.

      • PDK

        on 06/01/2011 - Reply

        I love the band’s response. It’s absolutely brilliant PR, and makes ‘ol number 7 look like a fool.

  3. doug in denver

    on 05/27/2011 - Reply

    Elway won’t save the Broncos this year unless he keeps and plays Orton. How soon everyone forgets…Orton is only as good as what’s in front of him..and they weren’t there last season. Don’t look to Timmy T as the saviour. Lots of potential, but not ready. The Broncos should have worked with Quinn more too. If you saw him in camp last year, you would have seen his potential! Quite frankly, Bolin should fire about half the entire rooster, and start over. Too many no-talents slated for a return to Dove Valley. BTW, coach who?

    • just jeff

      on 05/31/2011 - Reply

      Orton=mediocore. Doesn’ matter who is in front of him. I’m not saying he’s bad at all, just mediocore. Tebow has been a winner everywhere he’s ever been. I’ll drink the kool-aid. If Orton is the answer, you’re asking the wrong question.

    • you wish

      on 06/02/2011 - Reply

      “The Broncos should have worked with Quinn more too. If you saw him in camp last year, you would have seen his potential!”

      He looked like how he looked in the games not good at all. NFL ready…..no, He was great at Notre dame and thats it . Also Orton is only good for short passes anything longer then 20 yards he is very inaccurate. Watch bears game footage same Orton. If you had went to any of the camps last year, you would have seen Tebow is leader ready and had watch any high school and Gators game footage the long pass is there that is what we need. He is a born leader

  4. Doc

    on 05/28/2011 - Reply

    Perhaps they should simply chnage their name to the “Dead Elways” to stop the litigation.

  5. Colorado Girl

    on 05/28/2011 - Reply

    Born and raised in Denver and there are more people who love John Elway and know him to be a kind and considerate person. He is a business man and doesn’t let people walk all over him and use him so I guess that’s what makes him an ass??? Maybe the band should change their name to the Kritical Kris’s … talk to me when you have lived here 54 years and have had the opportunity to get to know him and the people that work for him. He has a kind heart and a giving spirit as well as a tough, no nonsense business savvy!

    • Ted

      on 05/31/2011 - Reply

      Well, I have a long memory too.

      I remember when he acted like an entitled, spoiled brat (ass?) when he was drafted into the NFL. He refused to play for the team with the first pick. He said that he would play baseball unless he got to play for a contender (waaaaah waaaaaah waaaah).

      I thought the NFL should have blacklisted him then. I couldn’t believe that they let some snot nosed college punk mess with the parity that is so great about the NFL.

      And before you all start on me, I know who John Elway is, I am a long time PAC 10 (12 now) fan, and I thought that he was overrated then.

      He is very overrated in his new position too, and if you don’t believe me, let’s just watch for 5 years or so. If he has not been fired by then, I will eat my words!

  6. lights_out

    on 05/31/2011 - Reply

    Has anyone, including John Elway, ever thought that there are more people than just him with the last name of Elway? It doesn’t matter what the man is like. He doesn’t have a legal right to the exclusive use of his last name anymore than I do. The band has it right. It’s as absurd as a San Francisco band named Montana or a Pittsburgh band named Bradshaw being asked to do the same (which hasn’t happened that I’m aware of). You simply don’t have a right to your last time except as it applies to you. It’s a smart business decision by the band because of the last name’s recognition in the Denver area, but it doesn’t help the much outside of that fact. I doubt the band’s music appeals to fans of Elway’s generation anyway. Maybe John Elway needs to get outside of Denver and his own personality bubble more to realize that too.

  7. jason

    on 06/01/2011 - Reply

    he would be a ringless horse-faced ass without TD to hand off to! lol

    • Ted

      on 06/03/2011 - Reply

      Yeah, everyone thinks that he was so great because he has two rings, but he couldn’t produce any in all of his years before Terell Davis and Shanon Sharpe came along. Coincidence? I think not!

      • Scott

        on 06/10/2011 - Reply

        You’re an idiot. Elway carried all those teams that went to the superbowl prior to his 2 rings. Do you think that Montana, Young, Aikman, etc… didn’t have a strong supporting cast to help them get their championships? You put any one of those other quarterbacks on the Broncos during the years they lost their superbowls and they don’t get as far as Elway did.

        And he was the spuerbowl MVP in his last game…

        Shut the hell up.

        • Ted

          on 07/25/2011 - Reply

          I am an idiot?

          “spuerbowl MVP” huh? Well, I guess you got me there! You do know that unless his team wins in spite of him that the quarterback of the “spuerbowl” winning team is almost always the MVP right?

          If I were to rank the best NFL quarterbacks ever, I doubt that John Elwaaaaaaaah would even make the top 25, and there are players playing right now that I would rank higher as well. Peyton is going to go down as the Greatest Of All Time and Brady is right there with him. Both of those guys have already done far more than John boy and they both have at least 5 more years to play. Drew Brees has more moxie than Johnny ever did.

          My point was that he was always a whining primadonna. I stand by that assessment. I am so looking forward to watching Elway ride Tebow right into the unemployment line for them both! Hide and watch my friend, hide and watch.

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