Football legend John Elway talks about his little-known, deb
Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway had a pro playing career spanning 16 years and five Super Bowls and now serves as general manager of the Denver Broncos. But for many years, he has been fighting off the field with a debilitating medical condition that affects his hands.

Fifteen years ago, Elway was diagnosed with Dupuytren's contracture, also known as Viking's Disease, a progressive medical condition that takes years to develop and leads to hand disability. At its worst, he couldn't pick up or hold a football. The condition causes knots of tissue to form under the skin of the palms, eventually creating a thick cord that can pull one or more fingers into a bent position, according to the Mayo Clinic.

When Elway was first diagnosed, he said both his ring fingers were constricted and he had become unable to pick up or hold a football. "When I saw my hand doctor, the only option was surgery," he said. "I wasn't interested in more surgeries. I've had so many surgeries during my playing career. At that point in time I didn't want to have another one."

As time went on, the condition only got worse, so he returned to his doctor and learned about newer, non-surgical options that could straighten his fingers. Two years ago, he had the non-surgical option done on one hand; he had the second one done a year later.

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