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John Elway
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John Elway speaking to United States troops
No. 7
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: June 28, 1960 (1960-06-28) (age 59)
Port Angeles, Washington
Career information
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Debuted in 1983
Last played in 1998
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 9x Pro Bowl selection (1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998)
  • 5x All-Pro selection (1986, 1987, 1993, 1996, 1997)
  • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
  • 1987 NFL MVP
  • 1993 UPI AFL-AFC Offensive Player of the Year
  • 1987 UPI AFL-AFC Offensive Player of the Year
  • Super Bowl XXXIII MVP
  • Denver Broncos Ring of Fame
  • Denver Broncos #7 retired
  • Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
Career NFL statistics
TD-INT 300-226
Yards 51,475
QB Rating 79.9
Stats at NFL.com
Pro Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is currently general manager and executive vice president of football operations of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).

Elway played college football at Stanford and his entire 16-year professional career with the Denver Broncos. At the time of his retirement in early 1999, Elway recorded the most victories by a starting quarterback and statistically was the second most prolific passer in NFL history. He was also a prolific rusher of the ball, being 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.

Elway set several career records for passing attempts and completions while at Stanford and also received All-American honors. He was the first selection in the 1983 NFL Draft, famously known as the quarterback class of 1983, where he was taken by the Baltimore Colts before being traded to the Denver Broncos. In January 1987, Elway embarked on one of the most notable performances in sports and in NFL history, helping engineer a 98-yard, game-tying touchdown drive in the AFC Championship Game against the Cleveland Browns. The moment is known in National Football League lore as "The Drive."

Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004 in his first year of eligibility and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

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