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Derek Wolfe Weighs In On America's 2016 Election

With the 2016 U.S. Election in the books, injured Broncos DE Derek Wolfe weighed in on where the country goes from here.

Over the last 18 months, millions of Americans have been heavily invested on the 2016 Presidential Election. All the political passion and angst came to a head Tuesday night, with Donald J. Trump winning the White House. 

http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1726322-broncos-really-need-adam-...  For those of us caught up in the daily 9-to-5 grind, it's easy to forget sometimes that the athletes we follow have political opinions. Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe happens to be one of them. 

In a recent sit-down with 9NEWS' Mike Klis, Wolfe shared some thoughts on why he believes so many Americans chose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. 

“Just like the rest of the country,’’ Wolfe said. “To be honest, both of our choices, they weren’t ideal choices, right? At the end of the day you have to figure out policies and what’s best for America. I think the path we were going on wasn’t the right path. So we had to take a chance and make a switch.’’

Just like at home, or at school, or in the workplace, political points of view differ. According to Wolfe, it's no different within the Broncos locker room. 

"It gets pretty intense but at the end of the day we’re all teammates, we love each other,’’ Wolfe said. “Everybody is entitled to their opinion that’s the beauty of living in America. Everybody’s allowed to say and have their own opinion about anything they want to have an opinion about. You’ve got guys from all walks of life in this locker room. If we can get over it then I think the rest of America should suck it up.’’

As Klis points out, Wolfe will gross $12.43 million this year. What many fans might lose sight of is the fact that almost half of that money will go to Uncle Sam in the form of taxes. Wolfe is currently recovering from a fractured elbow. 

Wolfe risks life and limb to play football and earn the money that his contract pays him. And yet, he gives up so much of it to taxes. He pointed to that issue as one of the hot buttons for him in this year's election cycle, along with the appropriate use of tax dollars. 

“But at the end of the day who’s going to take those tax dollars and put them to good use,’’ he said. “That’s also a factor. Because I think everybody should pay their fair share. I’m already giving half. You want to take more?’’

Due to his elbow injury, Wolfe is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. He won't be on the field when the Broncos take on the New Orleans Saints this coming Sunday.

The prognosis to return from a fracture like Wolfe's typically is closer to six weeks. He expects to be back sooner. So long as he's not in pain, he's confident he can play. 

"Yeah, but they’re not me,’’ Wolfe said. “It don’t have to be healed, it just has to not hurt.’’

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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