John Elway is to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, after being one of the best quarterbacks in professional football. He retired in 1999 leaving a big void in the NFL that has yet to be fully filled.
John Elway, future Hall of Famer, retired after the 1998-99 season leaving a big void in the NFL John will go down in history as one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game. It is frightening that John is leaving after coming off back-to-back Super Bowl victories. Known for his come back victories, his cannon arm and his great leadership, Elway will be missed in Denver and throughout the world.
John had a tremendous college career at Stanford, finishing second in the Heisman Trophy balloting in his senior year. After breaking virtually every Pac-10 and Stanford passing record, John was selected by the Colts with the first overall pick in the 1983 Draft. Threatening to quit football and play baseball for the Yankees if not traded from the Colts, Elway got his wish and was shipped to the Denver Broncos before the 1983 season. John enjoyed success immediately with Denver and by 1984 he was one of the best in the league.
Elway's many records include first in all-time NFL victories, second all-time in passing yards, and an NFL record 41 4th quarter game winning drives. Elway holds nearly all of Denver's team records for passing (51,475 yards), and most touchdowns (300). John capped his career by leading the Broncos to an upset victory over the Green Bay Packers in 1998, and then by repeating as Super Bowl Champion in 1999. The NFL lost a great one when John retired, gone but not forgotten.
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