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One For The Road: Elway Will Return

John Elway plans to return for the 1998 season and help the Denver Broncos defend their Super Bowl title, according to his agent.

Marvin Demoff said Elway notified the team, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and coach Mike Shanahan he will take it one year at a time, but will be back next year.

"My expectation always was that John would tell Pat Bowlen and Mike Shanahan a year in advance that I'm taking it one year at a time,'' said Demoff.

"Well, John's giving them a year's notice on his locker starting now. He might end up renewing that lease after next season, but right now he's giving them a year's notice."

"It fulfills his obligation to Pat to help him get a new stadium. It fulfills his obligation to Mike to get someone in place. And it allows John to tour the NFL at least one more season as the 'King of the Hill,' which is exactly what he is. He is quarterback of the Super Bowl winning team, the 'King of the Hill.' It's a season for the good guys."

Elway declined comment after returning from the Prow Bowl in Hawaii this week.

Bowlen predicted Elway would be back at least one more season.

"My impression is John is not going to retire, Bowlen said. ``It's only two weeks after the Super Bowl and it's a sensitive issue, so I don't want to press John for an answer,'' he said.

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