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John Elway

NFL Quarterback John Elway
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Profession: NFL Quarterback

United States of America

Biography: One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, he led the Denver Broncos to five Super Bowl appearances and two victories. He was known for performing his best in the clutch, thanks in large part to the 1987 AFC Championship Game against the Cleveland Browns where he helped engineer a 98-yard, game-tying touchdown drive, which would become known as "The Drive".

Elway began his career as a first pick draft for the Baltimore Colts but controversially refused to play for them, saying he'd rather play baseball. He was eventually traded to the Denver Broncos.

In 2011 Elway was appointed General Manager of the Denver Broncos.

Born: June 28, 1960
Birthplace: Port Angeles, Washington, USA
Age: 62 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1984-03-03 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California
  • 2003-12-29 Retired NFL quarterback John Elway (43) divorces first wife Janet Buchan after 18 years of marriage
  • 2009-08-29 Retired Denver Bronco's quarterback John Elway (49) weds former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Paige Green

Historical Events

  • 1983-04-26 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback John Elway first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • 1985-12-02 NFL quarterback legends Dan Marino and John Elway (Denver Broncos) face each other for the first time, a 30-26 win for Marino's Miami Dolphins (390 yards and 3 TDs)
  • 1987-01-11 AFC Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT)
  • 1987-01-25 Super Bowl XXI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20; MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB
  • 1988-01-17 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns, 38-33; features infamous "The Fumble", Browns' Earnest Byner at Denver 3-yard line with 1:12 remaining
  • 1988-01-31 Super Bowl XXII, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CA: Washington Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10; MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB
  • 1990-01-14 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 37-21
  • 1990-01-28 Super Bowl XXIV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: San Francisco 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB
  • 1992-01-12 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Denver Broncos, 10-7
  • 1998-01-11 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21
  • 1998-01-25 Super Bowl XXXII, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers, 31-24; MVP: Terrell Davis, Denver RB
  • 1999-01-17 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat New York Jets, 23-10; features infamous "The Miss", Vikings' PK Gary Anderson misses field goal late 4th quarter
  • 1999-01-31 Super Bowl XXXIII, Pro Player Stadium, Miami, FL: Denver Broncos beat Atlanta Falcons, 34-19; MVP: John Elway, Denver, QB
  • 1999-05-02 John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL
  • 1999-09-13 John Elway's #7 jersey is retired by the Denver Broncos
  • 2004-08-08 John Elway is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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