Elway at a 2011 Broncos game.
|Date of birth:||June 28 1960|
|Place of birth:||Port Angeles, Washington|
|Height: 6 ft 3 in||Weight: 215 lbs|
|National Football League Debut|
|Debut: 1983 for the Denver Broncos|
Final season: 1998 for the Broncos
|High school:||Granada Hills (CA)|
|NFL Draft:||1983 / Rnd: 1 / Pck: 1st|
|Career highlights and awards|
|profile @ NFL.com|
|stats at PFR|
|Pro Football Hall of Fame (Class of 2004)|
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.