John Elway On Painful Hand Condition: The Disease Gets ‘Worse And Worse’ | NBC News Now


WILDFIRES THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA HAVE DEALT WITH. CALIFORNIA HAVE DEALT WITH. THANKS FOR LISTENING IN. THANKS FOR LISTENING IN. WE’RE GOING TO MOVE ON. WE’RE GOING TO MOVE ON.>>>LEGENDARY JOHN E LLS WAY,>>>LEGENDARY JOHN E LLS WAY, THE GM OF THE DENVER BRONCOS. THE GM OF THE DENVER BRONCOS. ELWAY IS WITH NBC NEWS NATASHA ELWAY IS WITH NBC NEWS NATASHA BURNS TO TELL HIS STORY. BURNS TO TELL HIS STORY.>>HEY, ALISON.>>HEY, ALISON. GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT WITH SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT WITH FOOTBALL ON THE HORIZON. FOOTBALL ON THE HORIZON. I WANT TO GET INTO WHY YOU’RE I WANT TO GET INTO WHY YOU’RE HERE TODAY. HERE TODAY. YOU’RE SHARING SOMETHING VERY YOU’RE SHARING SOMETHING VERY PERSONAL THAT YOU’VE BEEN PERSONAL THAT YOU’VE BEEN DEALING WITH. DEALING WITH.>>I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH>>I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CONTRACTION, A PROBLEM WITH YOUR CONTRACTION, A PROBLEM WITH YOUR HANDS. HANDS. YOU CAN GO TO HAND SS ON BLANKET YOU CAN GO TO HAND SS ON BLANKET ON — ON –>>GO ONLINE.>>GO ONLINE.>>BUT, YEAH.>>BUT, YEAH. GETTING THE WORD OUT THERE, LET GETTING THE WORD OUT THERE, LET PEOPLE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. PEOPLE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT IS. I WAS DIAGNOSED IN 2005 AND I WAS DIAGNOSED IN 2005 AND THERE WAS ONLY ONE WAY AND THAT THERE WAS ONLY ONE WAY AND THAT WAS SURGERY. WAS SURGERY. IT’S A DISEASE THAT CONTINUES TO IT’S A DISEASE THAT CONTINUES TO GET WORSE AND WORSE AND PULLS GET WORSE AND WORSE AND PULLS YOUR FINGERS IN TO WHERE IT GETS YOUR FINGERS IN TO WHERE IT GETS VERY DIFFICULT TO USE YOUR VERY DIFFICULT TO USE YOUR HANDS. HANDS. I FOUND OUT A COUPLE OF YEARS I FOUND OUT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO THAT THERE’S AN ALTERNATIVE AGO THAT THERE’S AN ALTERNATIVE TO SURGERY AND HAVE THAT TO SURGERY AND HAVE THAT PROCEDURE DONE. PROCEDURE DONE. MY HANDS ARE GREAT NOW. MY HANDS ARE GREAT NOW.>>LOOKING GOOD.>>LOOKING GOOD.>>WORKING GOOD.>>WORKING GOOD. I’M EXCITED ABOUT T I’M GLAD TO I’M EXCITED ABOUT T I’M GLAD TO BE ABLE TO HELP THE ISSUE AND BE ABLE TO HELP THE ISSUE AND ALSO BE PART OF THIS, YOU KNOW ALSO BE PART OF THIS, YOU KNOW HANDS ON. HANDS ON. FACTS ON HANDS. FACTS ON HANDS. IT TELLS UL ABOUT IT. IT TELLS UL ABOUT IT.>>YOU’RE A PAID SPOKESPERSON>>YOU’RE A PAID SPOKESPERSON FOR PHARMACEUTICALS, WHO YOU’VE FOR PHARMACEUTICALS, WHO YOU’VE BEEN WORKING WITH ON THIS BEEN WORKING WITH ON THIS CAMPAIGN. CAMPAIGN. SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN ACTIVE MOST SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN ACTIVE MOST OF HIS LIFE, IT MUST HAVE BEEN OF HIS LIFE, IT MUST HAVE BEEN CHALLENGING. CHALLENGING.>>IT WAS.>>IT WAS. IT AFFECTED MY GOLF GAME IS IT AFFECTED MY GOLF GAME IS WHERE IT STARTED GOING. WHERE IT STARTED GOING. WHEN I FINALLY REALIZED IT WAS WHEN I FINALLY REALIZED IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR ME TO PICK UP A DIFFICULT FOR ME TO PICK UP A FOOTBALL AND THROW A FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL AND THROW A FOOTBALL.>>THAT’S TOUGH.>>THAT’S TOUGH.>>THAT WAS TOUGH FOR ME AND I>>THAT WAS TOUGH FOR ME AND I KNEW IT WOULD CONTINUE TO GET KNEW IT WOULD CONTINUE TO GET WORSE. WORSE. FACTS ON HAND TO GET ALL THE FACTS ON HAND TO GET ALL THE INFORMATION AND REALLY GET THE INFORMATION AND REALLY GET THE WORD OUT SO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WORD OUT SO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT THE ISSUES ARE. EXACTLY WHAT THE ISSUES ARE.>>FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, IT’S>>FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, IT’S NOT CLEAR EXACTLY WHAT CAUSES NOT CLEAR EXACTLY WHAT CAUSES IT. IT. BUT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL BUT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL PLAYERS, I THINK THERE’S A LOT PLAYERS, I THINK THERE’S A LOT OF PLAYERS WHO ARE USED TO OF PLAYERS WHO ARE USED TO GETTING BANGED UP ON THE FIELD GETTING BANGED UP ON THE FIELD AND HAVING TO DEAL WITH AND HAVING TO DEAL WITH LONG-TERM INJURY SIES, CT AND HE LONG-TERM INJURY SIES, CT AND HE INJURIES ARE BIG CONVERSATION IN INJURIES ARE BIG CONVERSATION IN THE LEAGUE RIGHT NOW. THE LEAGUE RIGHT NOW. DO YOU HAVE CONCERN ABOUT THE DO YOU HAVE CONCERN ABOUT THE LONG-TERM HEALTH OF YOUR LONG-TERM HEALTH OF YOUR PLAYERS? PLAYERS? I KNOW THAT THE LEAGUE HAS DONE I KNOW THAT THE LEAGUE HAS DONE A LOT TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY ON A LOT TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY ON THE FIELD. THE FIELD. IT’S STILL AN ISSUE. IT’S STILL AN ISSUE.>>IT’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE AN>>IT’S ALWAYS GOING TO BE AN ISSUE IN FOOTBALL. ISSUE IN FOOTBALL. IT’S A PHYSICAL SPORT. IT’S A PHYSICAL SPORT. THE LEGAL HAS DONE A TREMENDOUS THE LEGAL HAS DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB TRYING TO CREATE MORE SPACE. JOB TRYING TO CREATE MORE SPACE. YOU HAVE BIG GUYS RUNNING INTO YOU HAVE BIG GUYS RUNNING INTO EACH OTHER. EACH OTHER. IT’S NEVER GOING TO BE TOTALLY IT’S NEVER GOING TO BE TOTALLY SAFE. SAFE. THE LEAGUE CHANGES THAT THEY’VE THE LEAGUE CHANGES THAT THEY’VE GONE THROUGH, UNNECESSARY OUT OF GONE THROUGH, UNNECESSARY OUT OF THE GAME AND WORKING ON TRYING THE GAME AND WORKING ON TRYING TO TAKE THE HEAD OUT OF THE GAME TO TAKE THE HEAD OUT OF THE GAME SO PEOPLE AREN’T USING THEIR SO PEOPLE AREN’T USING THEIR HEAD TO TACKLE, RATHER USING HEAD TO TACKLE, RATHER USING SHOULDERS AND THE EQUIPMENT IS SHOULDERS AND THE EQUIPMENT IS GETTING MUCH BETTER, TOO. GETTING MUCH BETTER, TOO. THE GAME IS GETTING MUCH SAFER. THE GAME IS GETTING MUCH SAFER. IT WILL NEVER BE AS SAFE AS WE IT WILL NEVER BE AS SAFE AS WE LIKE IT TO BE. LIKE IT TO BE. IT IS A PHYSICAL GAME. IT IS A PHYSICAL GAME.>>HOW DO PLAYERS RESPOND TO>>HOW DO PLAYERS RESPOND TO THOSE CHANGES THAT, ON ONE HAND, THOSE CHANGES THAT, ON ONE HAND, ARE MAKING THEM SAFER BUT CHANGE ARE MAKING THEM SAFER BUT CHANGE ISN’T NECESSARILY EASY. ISN’T NECESSARILY EASY.>>THEY’VE DONE A NICE JOB.>>THEY’VE DONE A NICE JOB. WE’RE PROTECTING THE QUARTERBACK WE’RE PROTECTING THE QUARTERBACK MUCH BETTER AND TAKING THE MUCH BETTER AND TAKING THE UNNECESSARY HITS WE TALKED UNNECESSARY HITS WE TALKED ABOUT. ABOUT.>>ISSUES LIKE THE HELMET AND –>>ISSUES LIKE THE HELMET AND –>>HELMETS ARE SAFER, MORE>>HELMETS ARE SAFER, MORE PROTECTED THERE AND ALSO WITH PROTECTED THERE AND ALSO WITH THE WAY WE PRACTICE NOW AND CUT THE WAY WE PRACTICE NOW AND CUT DOWN NORMAL PRACTICES, DOWN NORMAL PRACTICES, ESPECIALLY IN TRAINING CAMP. ESPECIALLY IN TRAINING CAMP. IT’S ONE PRACTICE A DAY. IT’S ONE PRACTICE A DAY. TRYING TO ELIMINATE THE THINGS TRYING TO ELIMINATE THE THINGS THAT WEREN’T NECESSARY. THAT WEREN’T NECESSARY.>>YOU’RE A PARENT.>>YOU’RE A PARENT. WHAT DO YOU THINK PARENTS. WHAT DO YOU THINK PARENTS.>>IT’S BECOME MUCH SAFER SPORT.>>IT’S BECOME MUCH SAFER SPORT. MY SON PLAYED FOOTBALL. MY SON PLAYED FOOTBALL. I DID NOT WORRY ABOUT HIM I DID NOT WORRY ABOUT HIM PLAYING FOOTBALL WHEN HE WAS PLAYING FOOTBALL WHEN HE WAS PLAYING. PLAYING. BECAUSE I THINK THE LESSONS YOU BECAUSE I THINK THE LESSONS YOU LEARN BEING PART OF A TEAM AND LEARN BEING PART OF A TEAM AND IN THE GAME OF FOOTBALL, HOW TO IN THE GAME OF FOOTBALL, HOW TO WORK WITH OTHER PEOPLE. WORK WITH OTHER PEOPLE. KNOWING THAT IN FOOTBALL YOU KNOWING THAT IN FOOTBALL YOU HAVE TO HAVE 11 PLAYERS GOING HAVE TO HAVE 11 PLAYERS GOING THE SAME DIRECTION. THE SAME DIRECTION. I THINK THE LIFE LESSONS THEY I THINK THE LIFE LESSONS THEY CAN LEARN ARE SO VALUABLE, IT CAN LEARN ARE SO VALUABLE, IT CAN HELP YOU. CAN HELP YOU. NOT ONLY THE PHYSICAL PART BUT NOT ONLY THE PHYSICAL PART BUT WHAT THEY LEARN PLAYING THE GAME WHAT THEY LEARN PLAYING THE GAME OF FOOTBALL. OF FOOTBALL.>>AND FANS EVERYWHERE ARE SO>>AND FANS EVERYWHERE ARE SO EXCITED FOR THE START OF EXCITED FOR THE START OF FOOTBALL SEASON. FOOTBALL SEASON. THERE’S A LOT GOING ON FROM THE THERE’S A LOT GOING ON FROM THE CONCERNS WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, CONCERNS WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, PROTEST IN POLITICS TO ISSUES IN PROTEST IN POLITICS TO ISSUES IN THE GAME ITSELF. THE GAME ITSELF. LAST SEASON ONE OF THE MOST LAST SEASON ONE OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL CALLS IN FOOTBALL CONTROVERSIAL CALLS IN FOOTBALL HISTORY WITH THAT RAMS/SAINTS HISTORY WITH THAT RAMS/SAINTS PLAYOFF GAME. PLAYOFF GAME. WHERE IS YOUR HEAD AT THIS WHERE IS YOUR HEAD AT THIS PLAYOFF SEASON WITH ALL OF THIS PLAYOFF SEASON WITH ALL OF THIS SWIRLING AROUND? SWIRLING AROUND?>>A LOT OF THINGS GET TALKED>>A LOT OF THINGS GET TALKED ABOUT IN THE OFFSEASON. ABOUT IN THE OFFSEASON. TALK ABOUT ALL THE ISSUES THAT TALK ABOUT ALL THE ISSUES THAT GO ON WITH THE NFL. GO ON WITH THE NFL. THE GREAT THING IS ONCE WE THE GREAT THING IS ONCE WE FINALLY GET TO PRESEASON AND FINALLY GET TO PRESEASON AND OPENING WEEKEND, WE GET TO WATCH OPENING WEEKEND, WE GET TO WATCH FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL. I THINK THAT’S WHAT EVERYBODY I THINK THAT’S WHAT EVERYBODY EXCITED ABOUT, TO GET TO WATCH EXCITED ABOUT, TO GET TO WATCH FOOTBALL AGAIN. FOOTBALL AGAIN. YOU LOOK AT THE NEW ORLEANS RAMS YOU LOOK AT THE NEW ORLEANS RAMS GAME LAST YEAR, WE CHANGED THE GAME LAST YEAR, WE CHANGED THE RULES TO WHERE YOU CAN NOW, YOU RULES TO WHERE YOU CAN NOW, YOU KNOW, REVIEW PASS INTERFERENCE, KNOW, REVIEW PASS INTERFERENCE, WHETHER IT BE OFFENSIVE OR WHETHER IT BE OFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE. DEFENSIVE. WE’RE TRYING TO ELIMINATE THAT. WE’RE TRYING TO ELIMINATE THAT.>>THE GAME IS ADAPTING AND IT’S>>THE GAME IS ADAPTING AND IT’S ALWAYS EVOLVING. ALWAYS EVOLVING. TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEMS WE HAD TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEMS WE HAD IN THAT GAME LAST YEAR. IN THAT GAME LAST YEAR. I THINK THAT’S WHERE WE FINALLY I THINK THAT’S WHERE WE FINALLY DID THIS. DID THIS. THERE’S SO MUCH TALK ABOUT IT. THERE’S SO MUCH TALK ABOUT IT. SO MANY PREDICTIONS ON WHO IS SO MANY PREDICTIONS ON WHO IS GOING TO BE GOOD, WHO IS NOT GOING TO BE GOOD, WHO IS NOT GOING TO BE GOOD. GOING TO BE GOOD. WHEN WE FINALLY GET TO OPENING WHEN WE FINALLY GET TO OPENING WEEKEND WE GET TO START PLAYING WEEKEND WE GET TO START PLAYING THE GAME. THE GAME.>>THEN IT’S ABOUT THE GAME.>>THEN IT’S ABOUT THE GAME.>>IT’S ABOUT THE GAME AND>>IT’S ABOUT THE GAME AND WATCHING THE GAME. WATCHING THE GAME.>>AND BUT EVEN IN THE GAME, THE>>AND BUT EVEN IN THE GAME, THE CONTROVERSY IS STILL SOMETHING CONTROVERSY IS STILL SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT. THAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT. THE BRONCOS ARE ONE OF MANY THE BRONCOS ARE ONE OF MANY TEAMS WHO HAD PLAYERS KNEEL IN TEAMS WHO HAD PLAYERS KNEEL IN THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON WHERE WHERE DO YOU STAND ON WHERE PLAYERS SHOULD EXPRESS THEIR PLAYERS SHOULD EXPRESS THEIR POLITICAL CAUSES? POLITICAL CAUSES?>>WE’RE PAST THAT AS A LEAGUE.>>WE’RE PAST THAT AS A LEAGUE. EVERYONE WAS GIVEN THEIR CHOICE EVERYONE WAS GIVEN THEIR CHOICE TO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WHEN TO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO THAT. IT CAME DOWN TO THAT. IT’S SOMETHING WE’RE PAST AS A IT’S SOMETHING WE’RE PAST AS A LEAGUE AND NOW WE CAN REALLY LEAGUE AND NOW WE CAN REALLY CONCENTRATE ON FOOTBALL. CONCENTRATE ON FOOTBALL.>>BIG STAR JAY-Z GETTING>>BIG STAR JAY-Z GETTING INVOLVED IN THE NFL NOW. INVOLVED IN THE NFL NOW. WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON HIS WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON HIS PARTNERSHIP? PARTNERSHIP?>>IT’S GREAT THAT HE WILL GET>>IT’S GREAT THAT HE WILL GET INVOLVED. INVOLVED. ALL THAT DOES IS HELP THE GAME ALL THAT DOES IS HELP THE GAME OF FOOTBALL. OF FOOTBALL. WHATEVER OWNERSHIP GROUP, IF HE WHATEVER OWNERSHIP GROUP, IF HE GETS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME AN GETS AN OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME AN OWNER AND THAT’S WHAT HE WANTS OWNER AND THAT’S WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. TO DO.>>HE HAS GOTTEN A LOT OF SLACK.>>HE HAS GOTTEN A LOT OF SLACK. DO YOU THINK THAT’S FAIR? DO YOU THINK THAT’S FAIR?>>YEAH.>>YEAH. I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE FLACK. I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE FLACK. IF SOMEONE WANTS TO BE AN OWNER IF SOMEONE WANTS TO BE AN OWNER OF AN NFL TEAM, THEY SHOULD HAVE OF AN NFL TEAM, THEY SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE AN OWNER THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE AN OWNER OF THE NFL TEAM IF HE’S PART OF OF THE NFL TEAM IF HE’S PART OF THE GROUP. THE GROUP.>>I HAVE TO ASK.>>I HAVE TO ASK. MY FIANCE AND FUTURE MY FIANCE AND FUTURE FATHER-IN-LAW ARE DIE-HARD FATHER-IN-LAW ARE DIE-HARD BRONCOS FANS. BRONCOS FANS. THEY WANT TO KNOW HOW ARE THE THEY WANT TO KNOW HOW ARE THE BRONCOS LOOKING? BRONCOS LOOKING? SHOULD THEY BE EXCITED? SHOULD THEY BE EXCITED?>>I THINK SO.>>I THINK SO. OBVIOUSLY, WE’VE HAD TWO TOUGH OBVIOUSLY, WE’VE HAD TWO TOUGH YEARS AND LOOKING FORWARD TO YEARS AND LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING THIS YEAR STARTED. GETTING THIS YEAR STARTED. FLACCO WILL BE OUR QUARTERBACK FLACCO WILL BE OUR QUARTERBACK THIS YEAR. THIS YEAR. WE HAVE A TOUGH DIVISION. WE HAVE A TOUGH DIVISION. KANSAS CITY. KANSAS CITY. RANGERS. RANGERS. IT’S GOING TO BE A DOG FIGHT IT’S GOING TO BE A DOG FIGHT WITHIN THE DIVISION. WITHIN THE DIVISION. WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THE CHANCE WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT THE CHANCE TO GET STARTED IN A COUPLE OF TO GET STARTED IN A COUPLE OF THREE, TWO WEEKS NOW. THREE, TWO WEEKS NOW. WE’LL FIND OUT WHERE EVERYTHING WE’LL FIND OUT WHERE EVERYTHING FALLS AND THAT’S EXCITING ABOUT FALLS AND THAT’S EXCITING ABOUT THE NFL. THE NFL. YOU NEVER KNOW. YOU NEVER KNOW.>>GET STARTED AGAIN.>>GET STARTED AGAIN. GETTING THE FIRST WEEK AND GETTING THE FIRST WEEK AND WATCHING THE GAMES PLAY. WATCHING THE GAMES PLAY. WE WORK SO HARD ON THE PERSONNEL WE WORK SO HARD ON THE PERSONNEL SIDE TO TRY TO PUT THE BEST OF SIDE TO TRY TO PUT THE BEST OF FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN FRONT OF THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN FRONT OF THE COACHES TO GIVE THEM THE BEST COACHES TO GIVE THEM THE BEST OPPORTUNITY TO BE SUCCESSFUL. OPPORTUNITY TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THIS IS OUR TEST, AFTER ALL THE THIS IS OUR TEST, AFTER ALL THE WORK WE’VE DONE, GONE THROUGH WORK WE’VE DONE, GONE THROUGH THE DRAFT, FREE AGENCY, THE TRUE THE DRAFT, FREE AGENCY, THE TRUE TEST OF HOW WE PLAYED DURING THE TEST OF HOW WE PLAYED DURING THE SEASON. SEASON. I’M EXCITED TO SEE WHAT WE. I’M EXCITED TO SEE WHAT WE.>>CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HOW THE>>CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HOW THE SEASON GOES. SEASON GOES. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU SO MUCH. APPRECIATE IT. APPRECIATE IT.>>DASHA, SO EXCITED FOR>>DASHA, SO EXCITED FOR FOOTBALL SEASON. FOOTBALL SEASON. LET HIM KNOW WE’VE GOT FAMILY LET HIM KNOW WE’VE GOT FAMILY FRIENDS WHO NAMED THEIR DOG JOHN FRIENDS WHO NAMED THEIR DOG JOHN ELWAY, THEY LOVE THE BRONCOS SO

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  • Maybe Elway should have thought twice about being a paid spokesperson for Endo Pharmaceuticals. Endo is deeply involved in the manufacture and sale of opioid pain pills. In other words, Endo is now radioactive, thanks to its executives putting the profits from marketing hundreds of millions of opiate-based pills ahead of the damage these pain pills did. Thanks in part to Endo, the USA is a nation of drug addicts, pill heads.

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