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John Elway


John Elway

John Elway

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John Elway of the Denver Broncos holds up the Lombardi trophy after beating the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium in Miami. The Broncos beat the Falcons 34-19 to win their second consecutive Super Bowl; Elway was named MVP.

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June 28, 1960

• First pick overall of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts.
• His rights were traded by the Colts to the Denver Broncos on May 2, 1983, for QB Mark Herrmann, the rights to OL Chris Hinton, and a first-round pick in the 1984 NFL Draft.

Years Played:


Position Played: Quarterback

Played For: Denver Broncos

Alma Mater: Stanford

Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: 2004
Other Members of the Class of 2004: Barry Sanders, Carl Eller, Bob Brown

Uniform Number:


College Highlights:

• Completed 62.1 percent of his passes (774 of 1,243) for 9,349 yards and 77 touchdowns
• Set an NCAA record for the lowest percentage of passes intercepted in a career (3.13 percent)
• Finished second in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1982
• Hit .349 with nine homers and 50 RBIs in 49 games in his final college baseball season in 1980.
• Was the New York Yankees' first selection in the 1981 summer draft.
• Was on the losing end of the infamous "Stanford Band" game.

Best NFL Season:

• John Elway had several tremendous seasons, so it's tough to pick just one. He had what was probably his best season throwing the ball in 1993 when he passed for 4,030 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also had a quarterback rating of 92.8.

NFL Career Statistics:

• Passing - Completed 4,123 Passes on 7,250 Attempts for 51,475 Yards and 300 Touchdowns
• Rushing - Carried 774 Times for 3,407 Yards and 33 Touchdowns

NFL Highlights:

• Set the NFL career record for most wins as a starting quarterback with 148
• Tied the NFL record for most seasons with 3,000 or more yards passing with 12
• Oldest player to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl at the age of 37 (Super Bowl XXXII)
• Denver Broncos' all-time passing leader in yardage with 51,475 yards and touchdown passes with 300
• Played in six AFC championship games
• Played in five Super Bowls, winning two
• Selected to play in the Pro Bowl nine times
• Set the record for most rushing attempts by a quarterback with 687
• Finished career second behind Dan Marino in passing yards (51,475), attempts (7,250), completions (4,123) and total offense (54,882)
• At the time of his retirement, he held or was tied for 53 regular season Bronco records.
• The only player to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 200 yards in the same year for seven straight seasons (1985-91)
• Named NFL Most Valuable Player in 1987
• Named AFC Player of the Year in 1993
• Set an NFL record with 47 fourth quarter comebacks
• Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2004)

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