In their rush to meet Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop on Sunday, the Broncos and John Elway were actually approached by Fulop himself–and they mistakenly thought he was a crazed autograph seeker.
Fans swarmed the Broncos and as the Denver Post observed, once Elway, the Broncos legend who is now heads football operations for the Broncos, got off the bus, he was approached by a “young man wearing a blue overcoat who somehow managed to fight his way through fans, media, security and state troopers”:
“Mr. Elway,” the man said. “Would you sign this for me?”
Patrick Smyth, the Broncos’ media relations director, quickly took control of the situation.
“Sir,” Smyth said. “He has to keep moving. He has to meet the mayor of Jersey City.”
The young man smiled.
“I am the mayor of Jersey City,” said Steven Fulop, 36, who has been the mayor since he was 28. “I have here a welcoming proclamation on behalf of Jersey City.”
You should have heard Elway cackle. He signed the proclamation and posed with Mayor Fulop for a photo, a sure sign the Denver team that Elway assembled had officially arrived at Super Bowl XLVIII.