John Elway was something special. Elway is Number 23 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100.” Anybody who watched Elway play remembers him for one thing, and that was his ability to engineer comeback drives.
John Elway was drafted out of Stanford University by the Colts and traded to the Denver Broncos in 1983. He was the first person drafted that year, going as the first pick in the first round.
Elway had the ability to elude would-be tacklers. He was quick and he was strong. Further, he had a cannon for an arm, and seemed to be able to flick the ball all the way down the field.
John Elway played in 234 games over 16 seasons. He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1987. He was selected to nine Pro-Bowls. Elway’s statistics included passing for 51,475 yards and 300 touchdowns.
Elway’s career was an odd bit of genius and disappointment. First he led the Denver Broncos to 47 come-from-behind victories. This made him one of, if not the, most exciting player(s) to watch. He often would be chased out of the pocket and run around. Since he was so strong, defensive players would grab him, but be unable to hold on. However, in addition to that, he had some pretty crafty moves, and would often drop his head so that the defensive player would miss him all together.
During this time, Elway attended three Super Bowls and lost all three. As a result of this, he got the label as a loser, or, in other words, a guy who could not “win the big one.” This followed him through almost all his career.
Finally, in 1997, John Elway and the Denver Broncos beat the Green Bay packers in Super Bowl XXXVII. It was during this game that Elway made a run he is remembered for, where he literally by sheer determination “flew” into the end zone.
Elway then finished up his career by winning the next super Bowl as well.
John Elway was voted Number eight by the fans. He has a lot of notoriety.
Elway was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.
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