I used to be a big NBA fan. I grew up in Utah during the era of John Stockton and Karl Malone. Those two sports figures were always elevated figures that I looked up to. Neither ever rose to the level of John Elway in my mind, however, but they were the two sports icons that fell right behind John Elway.
I looked up to John Stockton and Karl Malone not as people, but as basketball players, and I modeled how I played basketball after how they played the sport. Hours were spent out in the front driveway practicing my passing to match John Stockton's passing and my low post moves to match Karl Malone's low post moves.
Modeling my football playing after John Elway wasn't realistic, but I always looked up to him, and I even shed a few tears when he won his first Super Bowl. Watching him retire from the Denver Broncos was very surreal for me. I had never known the Denver Broncos without John Elway, and in my mind he should be Denver's quarterback until the day I died.
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