John Elway, of the NFL legends, was born on June 28, 1960. With his jersey number 7 he played as quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He was the first overall pick in the NFL draft in 1983. He was drafted that year by the Baltimore Colts. In May of the same year that he got drafted, he was traded to the Denver Broncos for another popular quarterback, Mark Herrmann.
Collegiate Football Highlights
John Elway belonged to Stanford’s class of 2004 along with Carl Eller, Barry Sanders, and Bob Brown. During his collegiate days, he was able to set a record in the NCAA for one of the lowest percentage of the number of passes that got intercepted. He was able to complete 774 out of a total of 1,243 passes. This basically sums up to 9,349 yards that includes 77 touchdowns.
This NFL legend has his share of really tremendous seasons. One of his best seasons was in 1993 where he was throwing at his very prime. In that season he made 25 touchdowns and passed a whopping total of 4,030 yards, which is quite a feat that not that many can match and a record that even fewer can excel. His quarterback rating at the time was at 92.8.
His career statistics is also quite impressive. He completed a total of 4,123 passes to his name. His record attempt yardage totals to 51,475 yards and scoring a career total of 300 touchdowns. As far as rushing is concerned, he has made a total of 33 touchdowns carrying 774 times with a total distance of 3,407 yards.
He was able to set a career record in the NFL for the most number of wins for any starting quarterback, which is pegged at 148. He is also considered as the oldest player to be able to score a touchdown at age 37, which happened during Super Bowl 32. He was also selected Pro Bowls for a total of nine times.
John Elway was made an NFL most valuable player in the year 1987. He was also named the player of the year of the AFC in 1993. This NFL legend was also able to set an NFL record for the number of fourth quarter comebacks, which totals to 47. Finally in 2004, he was inducted, as a lasting tribute, into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
John Elway is known to support health causes. In addition, he has provided support for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation. The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center provides research, treatment, and education for families with patients affected by Parkinson’s disease. On the other hand, the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation organizes fund raising and charity events for causes and help centers.