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John Albert Elway Jr Biography

John Elway is a former American football quarterback who is currently general manager and president of football operations of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He 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 had 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.

John Elway Age

John Elway was born on June 28, 1960, in Port Angeles, Washington United States.

John Elway Net worth

John Elway earns his income from his businesses and from other related organizations. He also earns his income from his work as a football quarterback. He has an estimated net worth of $ 145 million.

John Elway Education

John Elway graduated from Granada Hills Charter High School, and he, therefore, joined Stanford University where he graduated with a bachelor degree in economics, and where he is a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

John Elway Family

John Elway was born in Port Angeles, the Washington United States to Jack Elway and Janet Elway. He was raised in Port Angeles, Washington with his twin sisters.

John Elway Wife

John Elway first married Janet Elway with whom he stayed from 1984 to 2003 and from there he entered to another relationship with Paige Green whom he married in 2009 till present.

They were blessed with four children Jessica Elway (daughter), Juliana Elway (daughter), John Elway III (son) and Jordan Elway (daughter) His father was the head coach at Port Angeles High School on the Olympic Peninsula.

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John Elway American football quarterback

John Elway played college football at Stanford through his entire 16-year professional career with the Denver Broncos. At the time of his retirement in early 1999, Elway had 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.” Following that game in Cleveland, 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 ended 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 was the last game of his career, and in doing so Elway set a then-record five Super Bowl starts which was broken in February 2015 when Tom Brady of the New England Patriots started Super Bowl XLIX.

As Denver’s quarterback, Elway led his teams to six AFC Championship Games and five Super Bowls, winning two After his retirement as a player, he served as general manager and executive vice president of football operations of the Broncos, which won four division titles, two AFC Championships, and Super Bowl 50 during his tenure.

Elway has been a member of the Broncos organization for all three of their Super Bowl victories, two as a player and one as an executive. 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. Although Elway never led his team to a bowl game, he had an accomplished college career.

In his four seasons (1979–1982) at Stanford, he completed 774 passes for 9,349 yards and 77 touchdowns. Stanford had a 20–23 record during his tenure. Elway’s 24 touchdown passes in 1982 led the nation, and at the conclusion of his career, he held nearly every Pacific-10 record for passing and total offense. He won the 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.

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. He passed for over 200 yards in 30 of his 42 collegiate games. He excelled as a baseball player. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 1981 Major League Baseball 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.

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”.

John Elway Professional career

Denver Broncos

John 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.” He debuted for the Broncos in the 1983 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium. 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. His 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, he 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 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. 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

John Elway Legacy

On May 2, 1999, at the age of 38,he announced his retirement from professional football. 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). Elway played in 22 postseason games with the Broncos, 21 as a starter, and led the team to victory in 14 of them.

In those games, he threw for 4,964 yards and 27 touchdowns, with 21 interceptions, while also rushing for 461 yards and 6 more scores. As of 2016, he is sixth 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).

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). He was the first Broncos player to have the five-year waiting period waived. Also in 1999, he was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

John Elway Notable statistics

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, currently third in league history behind Randall Cunningham (775) and Michael Vick (873). Elway’s 3,407 rushing yards ranks sixth all-time among NFL QB’s behind Cunningham, 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)

As of 2017’s NFL off-season, Elway held at least 33 Broncos franchise records, including:

  • Completions: career (4,123), playoffs (355), rookie season (123)
  • Yds/Pass Att: playoffs (7.63), rookie game (11.83 on 1983-12-04 CLE)
  • Rush Yds/Att: playoff season (6.73 in 1986)
  • 300+ yard passing games: career (40), playoffs (4), rookie season (1; with Marlin Briscoe and Tim Tebow)
  • Most Total Offensive Yards: 54,882 yards (51,475 passing, 3,407 rushing)
  • Most Total Touchdowns: 334 (300 passing, 33 rushing, 1 receiving)
  • Most Total Plays: 8,027
  • Winning Percentage: .641 (148–82–1)

John Elway Hall of Fame

On August 8, 2004, Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was elected in his first year of eligibility. He was presented by his eldest daughter Jessica. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

John Elway Career highlights

  • In 1979, Elway was drafted out of high school by the Kansas City Royals to play baseball in Major League Baseball. George Brett, the future Hall of Fame third baseman for the Royals, is said to have remarked, “I hope this guy plays football.”
  • Elway was selected to the Pro Bowl nine times during his 16 seasons with the Broncos, a franchise record.
  • Over his professional career, Elway led Denver to 35 comeback wins in the 4th quarter & overtime, tied for third with Johnny Unitas.
  • Elway’s 148 wins place him fourth behind Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Tom Brady for career wins among quarterbacks.
  • Elway was sacked 516 times, second to Favre for most times sacked in NFL history.

John Elway Business activities

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. In February 2007, Elway was elected chairman of the AFL’s executive committee. On August 4, 2009, the Arena Football League announced an indefinite suspension of operations. He was one of the 17 remaining franchise owners that voted to suspend operations indefinitely.

Elway is the owner of four steakhouse restaurants, each named “Elway’s”: One is located in the upscale Cherry Creek shopping district, one in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Denver, one in Vail, and one in the Denver International Airport. He owned five auto dealerships, called John Elway Autos, in the Denver area. He sold them to AutoNation Inc. in 1997 for $82.5 million. In December 2006, Elway ended a nine-year licensing agreement with AutoNation, removing his name from Denver-area dealerships.

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. In September 2008, Elway became the spokesperson for OpenSports.com. He had LASIK eye surgery and endorsed Icon LASIK in the Denver area in November 2008. He offers his commentary on the Broncos and the NFL season as a whole Friday morning during the football season on 87.7 The Ticket in Denver.

John Elway Executive career

In December 2010, Elway expressed interest in working as the Broncos’ top football executive, after having dinner with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. 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.”

On January 5, 2011, Elway was named general manager and executive vice president of football operations of the Broncos, with the final say in all football matters. In this capacity, he reports to team president Joe Ellis and is the immediate supervisor for the head coach of the team. General manager Brian Xanders was actually retained but served mostly in an advisory role to Elway. 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 XLVII where they were soundly defeated 43-8 by the Seattle Seahawks despite holding the regular season’s top offense.

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. 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.

Elway hired Gary Kubiak, his former backup quarterback, and former Broncos offensive coordinator, as the new head coach for the 2015 season. Elway and Kubiak also brought back Wade Phillips, a former Broncos head coach, for his second stint as the team’s defensive coordinator. He 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. 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.

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