John Elway was born in Port Angeles, Washington and later attended High School in Granada Hills, California. Elway spent his college years at Stanford University where he played both football and baseball. His last football game at Stanford was one of the most famous games of all time, the 1982 Big Game versus the University of California, Berkeley which ended with “The Play”, an amazing (and infamous) play with five lateral passes that allowed Cal to win the game. Although his team never qualified to play in a college bowl game, in 2000, Elway was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Elway graduated with a degree in economics, and he is a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.
In the 1983 NFL Draft, Elway was selected as the 1st overall pick by the Baltimore Colts, and was later traded to the Denver Broncos before the start of the next season. In Denver Elway stormed into the mile high air as one of the most highly anticipated athletes in the history of the NFL. The local newspapers ran a section that was called, “The Elway Watch”. He soon became known to by all the Broncos fans simply as “The Duke” of Denver.
Elway played football from 1983 to 1998 and is regarded as one of the top quarterbacks ever to play the game. He is the only player in NFL history to pass for over 3,000 yards and rush for 200 yards in the same season for seven straight years and in ten different seasons. He was only one of two players in NFL history to rush for 3,000 yards and pass for over 50,000 yards in a career. As a member of both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame, he is undoubtedly a fixture in sports fans’ books.
After retiring from the field of play, Elway returned to football as a co-owner of the arena football team, Colorado Crush. He is also the owner of two upscale restaurants and has had previous success in the auto dealership industry.