John Elway

 

John Elway (born June 28, 1960) played college football at Stanford before being drafted #1 overall in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts. He was traded to the Denver Broncos, where he played for the duration of his career. Elway led his teams to six AFC Championship Games and five Super Bowls, winning his last two. Following the 1987 AFC Championship Game, Elway and the Broncos lost in Super Bowl XXI to the New York Giants. It would be the first of a record five Super Bowl starts at quarterback in Elway's career.

 

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 recorded the most victories by a starting quarterback at the time of his retirement. He retired in 1999 and statistically was the second most prolific passer in NFL history. 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, and is currently the executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos of the NFL.