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John Elway
John Elway
Elway at a 2011 Broncos game.
Denver Broncos
Position General Manager
Executive Vice President
of Football Operations
Personal information
Born John Albert Elway, Jr.
June 28 1960 (1960-06-28) (age 56)
Port Angeles, Washington
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 215 lbs (98 kg)
Career information
High school Granada Hills
(Granada Hills, California)
College Stanford (1979-1983)
NFL Draft 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st
Selected by the Baltimore Colts
Pro career 1983–1998 (15 years)
Position Quarterback
Career history
as player
1983-1998 Denver Broncos
as coach
2003-2008 Colorado Crush
(Co-owner)
2011-present Denver Broncos
(General Manager/Executive Vice
President of Football Operations
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl champion (XXXII, XXXIII)
  • Super Bowl MVP (XXXIII)
  • AFC Champion (1986, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998)
  • Pro Bowl (1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998)
  • 3× AP Second-Team All-Pro (1987, 1993, 1996)
  • 4× PFW First-Team All-AFC (1987, 1993, 1996, 1997)
  • AP NFL MVP (1987)
  • 2× UPI AFC Offensive Player of the Year (1987, 1993)
  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (1992)
  • Walter Camp Man of the Year (2009)
  • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
  • Denver Broncos Ring of Fame
  • Denver Broncos #7 retired
  • Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (2004)
  • Denver Broncos all-time career leader (Career wins, Pass attempts, Pass Completions, Passing yards, Rushing yards by QB, Passing Touchdowns, Interceptions)

John Albert Elway, Jr. (born June 28, 1960 in Port Angeles, Washington) is a retired American football quarterback and current General Manager / Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Broncos. He played his college football at Stanford and his entire professional career for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).

Elway set career records for passing attempts,and completions at Stanford. He also received All-American honors. Elway was drafted #1 overall in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts before being traded to the Denver Broncos. By his second year in the league, Elway set team records for passing attempts, completions and yards. In 1987, he embarked on what is considered to be one of the most clutch performances in NFL history, when he helped guide the Broncos on a 98-yard, game-tying drive in the AFC Championship Game against the Cleveland Browns. The moment is known in National Football League lore as The Drive. Following the AFC Championship Game, Elway and the Broncos lost in Super Bowl XXI to the New York Giants.

After two more Super Bowl losses, the Broncos entered a period of decline; however, that would end during the 1997 season, as Elway and Denver won their first Super Bowl title by defeating the Green Bay Packers, 31–24, in Super Bowl XXXII. The Broncos repeated as champions the following season in Super Bowl XXXIII by defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 34–19. Elway was voted MVP of that Super Bowl, which would prove to be the last game of his career.

Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004 in his first year of eligibility. Since his retirement, Elway has owned several businesses, including currently being a co-owner of the Colorado Crush, an arena football team.

Elway currently writes a weekly NFL blog and occasionally answers members' questions for the newly launched sports website OPEN Sports.com. His son Jack was a quarterback for the Arizona State Sun Devils for one season.


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