John Elway
All-American college football player, professional football player, quarterback, College Football Hall of Fame member, Pro Football Hall of Fame member
John Elway
John Albert Elway, Jr. is a former American football quarterback and is now the executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Stanford and his entire professional career with the Denver Broncos. Elway recorded the most victories by a starting quarterback at the time of his retirement. He retired in 1999 and statistically was the second most prolific passer in NFL history.
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A Cab Driver Picks Up His Favorite Football Quarterback — Without Knowing It
NPR - about 1 month
Washington, D.C. cab driver Sam Snow started talking to his passengers about his favorite football quarterback, John Elway. What he didn't realize was that John Elway was in his back seat.
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Cab driver praises John Elway, then learns he's driving him
Yahoo News - about 1 month
WASHINGTON (AP) — A cab driver in Washington got a surprise after mentioning to a group of passengers that John Elway was his all-time favorite quarterback and then learning that Elway was riding in the backseat.
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A Year After a Title, the Denver Broncos’ Staff Gets an Overhaul
NYTimes - about 1 month
John Elway has hired a new head coach, Vance Joseph, and new coordinators after Gary Kubiak resigned and the team missed the playoffs.
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Brock Osweiler never should've left the Broncos, John Elway - ESPN
Google News - 4 months
USA TODAY Brock Osweiler never should've left the Broncos, John Elway ESPN Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler expresses his disappointment about losing to the Broncos but gives credit to Denver for its play. (0:44). Facebook · Twitter; Pinterest · Email; comment. 2:24 AM ET. Ian O'ConnorESPN Senior Writer. Close. Ian O'Connor ... Aqib Talib: Trevor Siemian is better and cheaper than Brock OsweilerNBCSports.com Talib: Trevor Siemian is better than Brock OsweilerNFL.com Aqib Talib has no doubt Trevor Siemian is 'better than' Brock OsweilerFOXSports.com USA TODAY -Yahoo Sports -Bleacher Report -CBS Local all 565 news articles »
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The Most Important Things We Know After NFL Week 3
Huffington Post - 5 months
Week 3 of the NFL season ― the last before the first string of byes ― is known as a defining week of football. Contenders and pretenders become far more evident, and hot quarterback play often halts with road tests. Week 3 of the 2016 season only reaffirmed this. Here are the three most important things we learned. The Eagles Are For Real  This shouldn’t have been much of a question mark, but after completely dominating Pittsburgh in a 34-3 rout, we can confidently call the undefeated Eagles the real deal. As we examined last week, it all starts with 23-year-old rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, who has yet to commit a single turnover while amassing a 103.8 quarterback rating ― seventh best in the league ― along with five touchdown passes. Wentz has developed an instant connection with young receivers Jordan Matthews (204 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Nelson Agholor, both of whom struggled immensely in 2015 with Sam Bradford under center. And Wentz has been buoyed by a surprisin ...
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Sources: Von Miller, agent have phone meeting with Broncos
ABC News - 8 months
The Denver Broncos had a phone discussion Friday with pass-rusher Von Miller and agent Joby Branion about his contract, league sources told ESPN's Ed Werder. The Broncos recently modified their offer to Miller and would fully guarantee the third year of their proposed six-year, $114.5 million contract, which would begin in March 2017. The matter of how much, and how quickly, Miller would be paid in guaranteed money in a new deal has been a sticking point between the sides. The changed timeline of guaranteed money was first reported by 9News and confirmed by ESPN. The deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign multiyear contracts is July 15. The total value of the Broncos' proposed contract would be the richest deal ever given to a defensive player. Earlier this week, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Broncos general manager John Elway had personally called Miller over the Fourth of July weekend to express a desire to work out a...
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Peyton Manning retiring after 18-year career
Yahoo News - 12 months
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has decided to retire from the NFL, bringing an end to a career that will surely land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the team said on Sunday. Manning, who turns 40 later this month, will be going out on top after helping the Broncos to a Super Bowl upset victory last month over the Carolina Panthers, in a development first reported by ESPN. "When you look at everything Peyton has accomplished as a player and person, it’s easy to see how fortunate we’ve been to have him on our team,” John Elway, Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager, said in a statement.
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Peyton's retirement decision could come within two weeks
Yahoo News - about 1 year
(Reuters) - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been huddling with his head coach Gary Kubiak and general manager John Elway with a decision on his NFL future set to be made within two weeks. Manning, 39, riding high off Denver's Super Bowl triumph earlier this month, is pondering retirement while the Broncos are contemplating their long-term future at quarterback. Kubiak, speaking to media at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, reiterated the club stance that there is no hurry, even though the clock is ticking in the decision process.
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Broncos Basking in Glory of First Title Since '99
NYTimes - about 1 year
While general manager John Elway maps out plans to keep his team intact, the Denver Broncos are enjoying the spoils of their Super Bowl victory.
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Elway says no pressure on Manning over future
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway said Tuesday Peyton Manning will not be pressured into a quick decision over his future, hinting that the quarterback may still have a role with the franchise if he plays on. Manning said in the aftermath of Sunday's win over the Carolina Panthers he planned to take his time before making a decision. Elway said Tuesday the Broncos would allow Manning as long as he needed.
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John Elway's dead wrong about John Fox (and exactly right)
Chicago Times - about 1 year
John Elway is dead wrong about John Fox. And he’s exactly right. Earlier this week, the Broncos overlord said reaching the Super Bowl this season justifies dumping Fox a year ago. But it doesn't. Not yet, anyway. Fox took the Broncos to the Super Bowl in 2014, so Elway’s new coach and BFF Gary...
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Broncos, Elway Driven by Desire to Honor Ailing Owner
NYTimes - about 1 year
Ever since he returned to his beloved Broncos five years ago, John Elway has been eager to utter four words in particular.
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Gary Kubiak leads bevy of ex-Texans players, coaches heading to Super Bowl with Broncos
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Super Bowl 50 will have no lack of Houston Texans ties. The Broncos’ 20-18 victory over the Patriots in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game at Denver sent five former Texans players and eight ex-Houston coaches to Super Bowl 50, which will be Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif., against the Carolina Panthers. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak, the former St. Pius X and Texas A&M standout who was at the Texans’ helm from 2006 until being fired late in the 2013 season, will be going to his sixth Super Bowl with the Broncos. He went to three as a backup quarterback – all losses – before winning two rings from 1997-98 as the team’s offensive coordinator. Kubiak, who spent last season as Baltimore’s offensive coordinator, was hired last January by Broncos general manager and former teammate John Elway to replace John Fox after the Broncos lost in the divisional round a year after losing to Seattle in the Super Bowl after the 2013 season. “It means the world to me,” Kubiak said of his latest ...
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Elway Calls Kubiak His Equal Not His Employee
NYTimes - about 1 year
John Elway is adamant that Gary Kubiak was never his understudy during their playing days together and certainly isn't his underling now.
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The Brock Osweiler Broncos have arrived
ABC News - about 1 year
SAN DIEGO -- It took only three starts, but the Denver Broncos have become Brock Osweiler's team. The coronation isn't official, and Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak won't announce it. Osweiler also has too much respect for decorum to claim he's the present and the future for the franchise at quarterback. The transfer of ownership at quarterback has only one caveat -- Osweiler might have to move aside in a few games if Peyton Manning becomes healthy and shows Kubiak and team president John Elway he might give the Broncos a better chance to reach the Super Bowl. But after three-and-a-half years of waiting, Osweiler can be comfortable with his status in Denver. He knows the starting job is his until Manning recovers from his plantar fascia problems. The team knows Manning may or may not be healthy enough to offer his services as early as Week 16 or Week 17, so all Osweiler has to do is go on the field each week and win. We don't know what the rest... ...
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TuesdayNights With Nanxi Liu
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Nanxi Liu is the Co-Founder and CEO of Enplug, the easiest to use software to manage and distribute content on displays in offices, stores, restaurants, hotels, and stadiums. Uniquely, Enplug enables displays to show interactive Twitter feeds, Instagram collages, news feeds, dashboards, and many more third-party developed apps. The software is used in over a dozen languages and countries. Enplug was named Inc. Magazine's 30 Under 30 and Fortune Magazine's Top 10 Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs. What inspires you? Brilliant people. Both companies I started, Enplug and Nanoly Bioscience, were a direct result of meeting my co-founders. Within 24 hours of meeting my co-founders, we began brainstorming on building a product together. One of my co-founders at Enplug, Zach Spitulski, built two of the Top 10 Most Downloaded Education Apps in the Mac App Store, during his free time as a college sophomore! How could I not be completely inspired to work with someone who has that kind of ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Elway
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 55
    Elway won a third Super Bowl as part of the Broncos franchise, when on February 7, 2016 Denver defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.
    More Details Hide Details This gave him his first Super Bowl win as Executive VP/GM, to go along with the two he won as the team's quarterback.
  • 2015
    Age 54
    Elway hired Gary Kubiak, his former backup quarterback and former Broncos offensive coordinator, as the new head coach for the 2015 season.
    More Details Hide Details Elway and Kubiak also brought back Wade Phillips, a former Broncos head coach, for his second stint as the team's defensive coordinator.
    In this capacity, he reports to team president Joe Ellis and is the immediate supervisor for head coach Gary Kubiak and the former head coach John Fox, who left the team in 2015 and currently the head coach for the Chicago Bears.
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  • 2014
    Age 53
    Elway responded to the Super Bowl loss by signing defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward for the 2014 season.
    More Details Hide Details After losing in the divisional playoffs to the Indianapolis Colts, Elway dismissed John Fox, who had won four divisional championships in his four years as Broncos head coach.
  • 2011
    Age 50
    Xanders left the team after the 2011 season, and Elway assumed the role of general manager which gave him complete control over the football side of the Broncos operation. Under Elway's management, the team signed free agent quarterback Peyton Manning who had just been released by the Indianapolis Colts. In four seasons from 2012 to 2015, the Broncos won four division titles, two AFC Championships, and reached Super Bowl XLVIII where they were crushed 43-8 by the Seattle Seahawks despite holding the regular season's top offense.
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    On January 5, 2011, Elway was named executive vice president of football operations of the Broncos, with the final say in all football matters.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 49
    In December 2010, Elway expressed interest in working as the Broncos' top football executive, after having dinner with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.
    More Details Hide Details However, he expressed no interest in being a head coach or general manager after Josh McDaniels' firing, saying, "I'm not interested in being a head coach. I'm not interested in being a general manager. I don't have that kind of experience to be able to pick those players day in and day out and such."
  • 2009
    Age 48
    Elway and Green were married in August 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Elway met Green in 2005 at a celebrity golf tournament held by former Raiders running back Marcus Allen in Los Angeles.
  • 2008
    Age 47
    Elway had LASIK eye surgery and endorsed Icon LASIK in the Denver area in November 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Elway currently offers his commentary on the Broncos and the NFL season as a whole Friday mornings during the football season on 87.7 The Ticket in Denver.
    Elway proposed marriage to former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Paige Green in Italy in September 2008.
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    In September 2008, Elway became the spokesperson for OpenSports.com.
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  • 2007
    Age 46
    In February 2007, Elway was elected chairman of the AFL's executive committee.
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  • 2006
    Age 45
    In December 2006, Elway ended a nine-year licensing agreement with AutoNation, removing his name from Denver-area dealerships.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Elway said the move could allow him to get back into the auto business under his own name. He still owns two Toyota Scion dealerships, one in Manhattan Beach, California and another in Ontario, California, a Chevrolet dealership in Englewood, Colorado, and a Chrysler Jeep dealership in Greeley, Colorado.
  • 2002
    Age 41
    Elway's twin sister Jana developed lung cancer and died at the age of 42 in the summer of 2002.
    More Details Hide Details John's father, Jack, died of an apparent heart attack a year earlier.
    Elway was co-owner of the Arena Football team Colorado Crush, from their inception in 2002 until the cancellation of the Arena Football League after the 2008 season.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 39
    He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
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  • 1999
    Age 38
    Also in 1999, Elway was ranked number 16 on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the only player to have spent the majority of his career with the Broncos to make the list (Willie Brown, who began his career with the Broncos but spent more of it with the Oakland Raiders, also made the list).
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, TSN published another special feature honoring the 50 Greatest Quarterbacks. Elway was ranked third behind Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana. Elway was named the greatest athlete wearing the #7 by Sports Illustrated. Current Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who grew up idolizing Elway and Joe Montana, wears number 7 in honor of Elway. Elway ended his career with a record 148 victories, since surpassed by Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady for most wins by a starting quarterback. He finished his career with 774 rushing attempts, one shy of NFL record-holder Randall Cunningham (775) for rushes by a quarterback. Elway's 3,417 rushing yards ranks sixth all-time among NFL QB's behind Cunningham, Michael Vick, Steve Young, Fran Tarkenton, and Steve McNair. Elway threw for 1,128 yards in his five Super Bowls, fourth most behind Tom Brady, Kurt Warner and Joe Montana. His 76 Super Bowl pass completions rank fifth, and his 152 attempts were a Super Bowl record before being broken by Tom Brady. He is one of only two players ever to score a rushing touchdown in four different Super Bowls (the other being Thurman Thomas) and the only quarterback to do so. (156 attempts)
    Also in 1999 he was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
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    On September 13, 1999, Elway's number 7 jersey was retired by the Denver Broncos during halftime of a Monday Night game against the Miami Dolphins; that same night he was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame. (Craig Morton, his direct predecessor in Denver, also wore number 7 and is in the Ring of Fame alongside Elway).
    More Details Hide Details He was the first Broncos player to have the five-year waiting period waived.
    On May 2, 1999, at the age of 38, Elway announced his retirement from pro football.
    More Details Hide Details Elway is regarded as one of the top quarterbacks ever to play the game. He has one of the best winning percentages in league history (148–82–1), and is tied for second most Pro Bowl selections for a quarterback (nine). He is fourth to Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady in career passing attempts, passing yards, and completions. He also ranks seventh in career passing touchdowns, with 300. His four total rushing touchdowns in his Super Bowl games are the most ever by a quarterback. As of 2012, Elway and Tom Brady are the only quarterbacks to start in 5 Super Bowls. He is also the second player ever to score a rushing touchdown in four different Super Bowls (running back Thurman Thomas was the first).
    It was his last game, other than the 1999 Pro Bowl.
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  • 1998
    Age 37
    In the 1998 season, the Broncos repeated this feat and Elway was awarded the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIII, throwing for 336 yards and one touchdown with one interception, while also scoring a rushing touchdown in Denver's 34–19 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
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  • 1997
    Age 36
    It took Elway another eight years, but he eventually led his team back to the Super Bowl, following the 1997 season.
    More Details Hide Details During the preseason American Bowl game in Mexico City, Elway ruptured his right (throwing arm) biceps tendon. It was treated non-surgically, and he returned to play 19 days later, and the team advanced to Super Bowl XXXII, Elway's fourth, where they faced the Green Bay Packers, the defending champions. Despite Elway completing only 11 of 22 passes, throwing no TDs, but one interception, the Broncos defeated the Packers 31–24, winning their first Super Bowl, after three failed attempts for Elway (and four for the team).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 27
    After recording an 8–8 record in 1988, Elway once again led his team to the Super Bowl after the 1989 season, with yet another win over the Browns in the AFC championship game, going on to face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV.
    More Details Hide Details However this game ended even worse for the Broncos than their previous Super Bowl losses. San Francisco blew out Denver 55–10, the most lopsided score in Super Bowl history. Although Elway scored the only touchdown for his team on a three-yard run, his performance was abysmal: 10 out of 26 completions for 108 yards with no touchdown passes and two interceptions. But he didn't try to hide from the media after the game or downplay his dismal performance. And when he was asked if he wanted to go back to the Super Bowl after three losses, he responded that he wanted to go back every year, even if his team kept losing. Still by this point, many doubted that he would ever win a Super Bowl in his career.
  • 1987
    Age 26
    In 1987, Elway was selected to start in the American Football Conference's (AFC) Pro Bowl team and won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to once again lead the Broncos to a victory over the Browns in the AFC title game, earning their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, this one against the Washington Redskins. The game started out very well for Denver, and they built up a 10–0 lead by the end of the first quarter. At the time, no team had ever overcome a 10–0 deficit in the Super Bowl. But in the second quarter, the Redskins suddenly stormed back with a record 35 points, and ended up winning Super Bowl XXII 42–10. Elway did have a few highlights. His 56-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Nattiel after just 1:57 had elapsed in the game set a record for the fastest touchdown in Super Bowl history, at the time. He also became the first quarterback ever to catch a pass in the Super Bowl, recording a 23-yard reception from halfback Steve Sewell on a halfback option play. With a porous defense unable to stop the Redskins offense, Elway was forced to take more risks on the offensive end. As a result, Elway's performance was rather disappointing: just 14 out of 38 completions for 257 yards and one touchdown, with three interceptions.
  • 1986
    Age 25
    In the 1986 season, Elway led the Broncos to Super Bowl XXI, after defeating the Cleveland Browns on a famous possession at the end of the fourth quarter that became known as "The Drive." (In a span of 5 minutes and 2 seconds, Elway led his team 98 yards to tie the game with 37 seconds left in regulation.
    More Details Hide Details The Broncos went on to win the game in overtime.) Elway and the Broncos started out the Super Bowl against the New York Giants very well, building a 10–7 lead and then driving to the Giants 1-yard line in the second quarter. However, the Broncos lost five yards on their next three plays and came up empty after kicker Rich Karlis missed the field goal attempt. From that point on, the rest of the game went downhill for the Broncos. Elway was sacked in the end zone for a safety on the Broncos ensuing possession, cutting their lead to 10–9. Then in the second half, the Giants scored 30 points and ended up winning the game 39–20. Still, Elway had an impressive performance, throwing for 304 yards and a touchdown, with one interception, while also leading Denver in rushing with 27 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
  • 1984
    Age 23
    Elway married Janet Buchan, who attended Stanford University and competed on its swimming team, in 1984. They separated in 2002 and divorced in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details They have four children: Jessica, Jordan, Jack, and Juliana.
    On May 2, Colts owner Robert Irsay and Accorsi agreed to trade Elway for Hinton, backup quarterback Mark Herrmann, and a first-round pick in 1984 (used to select Ron Solt).
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    The Colts' general manager Ernie Accorsi wanted Elway as, Accorsi later said, he (correctly) did not foresee the 1984 Draft as producing any first-round quarterbacks.
    More Details Hide Details Accorsi announced Elway as the team's choice as soon as possible during the 15-minute window on draft day, surprising observers. Elway that day reiterated his wish to not play for the Colts at a press conference, saying "As I stand here right now, I'm playing baseball". (When a reporter pointed out that the Yankees were not based on the West coast, Elway replied "They play baseball during the summertime".) The Colts, however, were interested in offensive lineman Chris Hinton, who the Denver Broncos had chosen as the fourth pick in the first round.
  • 1983
    Age 22
    Elway joined Denver as one of the most highly anticipated athletes in the history of the NFL. The local newspapers ran a section that was called "The Elway Watch." Elway debuted for the Broncos in the 1983 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details He was sacked for the first time in his NFL career at the hands of linebacker and fellow Hall of Famer Jack Lambert. In his first game, Elway was relieved by veteran quarterback Steve DeBerg, who led the Broncos to a victory. Elway's second game was also on the road at Baltimore, and was spirited by his rejection of the franchise. In what would turn out to be Elway's only professional game in Baltimore, Elway was again relieved in a close game by DeBerg, who led the Broncos to another win. In early October, DeBerg was named the starter by third-year head coach Dan Reeves for the remainder of the season, but a shoulder injury brought Elway back a month later. Although the Broncos were playoff contenders for his early years, Elway went through the normal growing pains of a young NFL quarterback.
    In the 1983 NFL Draft Elway was selected as the first overall pick by the Baltimore Colts. (He is one of three quarterbacks in the history of the draft to be chosen first and later be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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  • 1982
    Age 21
    One possibility was trading Elway for the San Francisco 49ers' Joe Montana, whose team had had a poor 1982 season.
    More Details Hide Details Another was a trade with the San Diego Chargers, which was negotiating a new contract with its star quarterback Dan Fouts. The New England Patriots were interested, but the Colts did not wish to trade Elway to a team in the same division.
  • 1981
    Age 20
    Elway also excelled as a baseball player. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 1981 MLB draft (52nd overall, six spots ahead of future Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn), and received $150,000 for playing for the Yankees' short season affiliate Oneonta Yankees in the New York–Penn League in the summer of 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Yankees scout Gary Hughes believed that had Elway concentrated on baseball "the sky was the limit … he would've been off the charts". Yankees owner George Steinbrenner—who aggressively sought Elway's services—reportedly planned to make him the Yankees' starting right fielder by 1985, which Elway—aware of Steinbrenner's opinion—later described as "a tremendous and exciting thought". He played right field and pitched for Stanford, finishing his senior year hitting .361 with nine home runs and 50 RBIs in 49 games and a 5–4 record with a 4.51 ERA. Elway graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics, and he is a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Already age 19 when he entered as a freshman, Elway did not use a redshirt year at Stanford.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 19
    He won Pac-10 Player of the Year honors in 1980 and 1982, was a consensus All-American, and finished second in Heisman Trophy balloting as a senior.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000, Elway was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. In 2007, Elway was ranked #15 on ESPN's Top 25 Players In College Football History list. Thomas Davids, an assistant football coach, said that Elway was the "best looking ball player he had ever seen." A consensus All-American at Stanford, he passed for over 200 yards in 30 of his 42 collegiate games.
  • 1979
    Age 18
    He attended Stanford University in 1979 where he played football and baseball.
    More Details Hide Details In his senior season in 1982, Stanford was 5-5 and needed to win their final game, the Big Game against California, to secure an invitation to the Hall of Fame Classic bowl game. With two minutes remaining in the game, Stanford was down 19-17 and had 4th-and-17 on their own 13-yard line. Elway completed a 29-yard pass and drove the ball downfield to the 35-yard line, where Mark Harmon kicked what appeared to be the winning field goal. However, the clock had four seconds remaining, so Stanford had to kick off. What followed is now simply known as "The Play", in which Cal players lateraled the ball, rugby-style, five times – two of them controversial – and scored a touchdown to win the game, 25-20. Elway was bitter about the game afterward, stating that the officials "ruined my last game as a college football player." Stanford athletics director Andy Geiger said the loss cost Elway the Heisman Trophy. Twenty years later, Elway came to terms with The Play, saying that "each year it gets a little funnier."
    Known as a dual-threat quarterback, meaning he was accomplished at running and escaping pressure and had impressive passing ability, he was the number-one recruited high school player in the country, receiving over 60 scholarship offers. (One of those offers was from his father, who became the head coach at San Jose State following the 1978 season.) Also an accomplished baseball player, Elway was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 18th round of the 1979 Major League Baseball draft. (The Royals also selected Marino in the fourth round of the same draft.)
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Born on June 28, 1960.
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