John Elway Biography, Age, Stats, Net Worth, Highlights and News

John Elway born John Albert Elway Jr. is a former American football quaterback who is currently general manager and president of football operations of the National Football League (NFL). 

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John Elway Biography

John Elway born John Albert Elway Jr. is a former American football quaterback who is currently general manager and president of football operations of the National Football League (NFL). 

John Elway Age

June 28, 1960, Port Angeles, Washington. He is 58 years as of 2018.

John Elway Height

He stands at a height of 6 ft 3 in

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John Elway Wife

Elway married Janet Buchan, who attended Stanford University and competed on its swimming team, in 1984. They separated in 2002 and divorced in 2003. They have four children: Jessica, Jordan, Jack, and Juliana.

John Elway Son

John has a son named Jack Elway who he got from the previous marriage with Janet Buchan.

John Elway Net Worth

John has an estimated net worth of $145 million. John Elway earned his net worth through his career as a quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the NFL.

John Elway Denver Broncos

He was sacked for the first time in his NFL career at the hands of linebacker and fellow Hall of Famer Jack Lambert.
In his first game, Elway was relieved by veteran quarterback Steve DeBerg, who led the Broncos to a victory.
Elway’s second game was also on the road at Baltimore, and was spirited by his rejection of the franchise.
In what would turn out to be Elway’s only professional game in Baltimore, Elway was again relieved in a close game by DeBerg, who led the Broncos to another win.
In early October, DeBerg was named the starter by third-year head coach Dan Reeves for the remainder of the season, but a shoulder injury brought Elway back a month later.
Although the Broncos were playoff contenders for his early years, Elway went through the normal growing pains of a young NFL quarterback.
The Broncos lost five yards on their next three plays and came up empty after kicker Rich Karlis missed the field goal attempt.
From that point on, the rest of the game went downhill for the Broncos.
Elway was sacked in the end zone for a safety on the Broncos ensuing possession, cutting their lead to 10-9.
Then in the second half, the Giants scored 30 points and ended up winning the game 39-20.
Still, Elway had an impressive performance, throwing for 304 yards and a touchdown, with one interception, while also leading Denver in rushing with 27 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
In the 1987 season, Elway was selected to start in the American Football Conference’s Pro Bowl team and won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award.
He went on to once again lead the Broncos to a victory over the Browns in the AFC title game, earning their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, this one against the Washington Redskins.

The game started out very well for Denver, and they built up a 10-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.

At the time, no team had ever overcome a 10-0 deficit in the Super Bowl.

In the second quarter, the Redskins suddenly stormed back with a record 35 points, and ended up winning Super Bowl XXII 42-10.

His 56-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Nattiel after just 1:57 had elapsed in the game set a record for the fastest touchdown in Super Bowl history, at the time.

He also became the first quarterback ever to catch a pass in the Super Bowl, recording a 23-yard reception from halfback Steve Sewell on a halfback option play.

With a porous defense unable to stop the Redskins offense, Elway was forced to take more risks on the offensive end.

As a result, Elway’s performance was rather disappointing: just 14 out of 38 completions for 257 yards and one touchdown, with three interceptions.

After recording an 8-8 record in 1988, Elway once again led his team to the Super Bowl after the 1989 season, with yet another win over the Browns in the AFC championship game, going on to face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV. However this game ended even worse for the Broncos than their previous Super Bowl losses.

San Francisco blew out Denver 55-10, the most lopsided score in Super Bowl history.

Although Elway scored the only touchdown for his team on a three-yard run, his performance was abysmal: 10 out of 26 completions for 108 yards with no touchdown passes and two interceptions.

He didn’t try to hide from the media after the game or downplay his dismal performance.

When he was asked if he wanted to go back to the Super Bowl after three losses, he responded that he wanted to go back every year, even if his team kept losing.

Still by this point, many doubted that he would ever win a Super Bowl in his career.

It took Elway another eight years, but he eventually led his team back to the Super Bowl, following the 1997 season.

During the preseason American Bowl game in Mexico City, Elway ruptured his right biceps tendon.

It was treated non-surgically, and he returned to play 19 days later, and the team advanced to Super Bowl XXXII, Elway’s fourth, where they faced the Green Bay Packers, the defending champions.

Despite Elway completing only 11 of 22 passes, throwing no touchdowns, but one interception, the Broncos defeated the Packers 31-24, winning their first Super Bowl, after three failed attempts for Elway.

In the 1998 season, the Broncos repeated this feat and Elway was named MVP of Super Bowl XXXIII, throwing for 336 yards and one touchdown with one interception, while also scoring a rushing touchdown in Denver’s 34-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

It was his last game, other than the 1999 Pro Bowl..

John Elway Stats

Year Team Games Passing Rushing
G GS Comp Att Yards TD Int Rtg Att Yards Avg TD
1983 DEN 11 10 123 259 1,663 7 14 54.9 28 146 5.2 1
1984 DEN 15 14 214 380 2,598 18 15 76.8 56 237 4.2 1
1985 DEN 16 16 327 605 3,891 22 23 70.2 51 253 5.0 0
1986 DEN 16 16 280 504 3,485 19 13 79.0 52 257 4.9 1
1987 DEN 12 12 224 410 3,198 19 12 83.4 66 304 4.6 4
1988 DEN 15 15 274 496 3,309 17 19 71.4 54 234 4.3 1
1989 DEN 15 15 223 416 3,051 18 18 73.7 48 244 5.1 3
1990 DEN 16 16 294 502 3,526 15 14 78.5 50 258 5.2 3
1991 DEN 16 16 242 451 3,253 13 12 75.4 55 255 4.6 6
1992 DEN 12 12 174 316 2,242 10 17 65.7 34 94 2.8 2
1993 DEN 16 16 348 551 4,030 25 10 92.8 44 153 3.5 0
1994 DEN 14 14 307 494 3,490 16 10 85.7 58 235 4.1 4
1995 DEN 16 16 316 542 3,970 26 14 86.4 41 176 4.3 1
1996 DEN 15 15 287 466 3,328 26 14 89.2 50 249 5.0 4
1997 DEN 16 16 280 502 3,635 27 11 87.5 50 218 4.4 1
1998 DEN 13 12 210 356 2,806 22 10 93.0 37 94 2.5 1
Career 234 231 4,123 7,250 51,475 300 226 79.9 774 3,407 4.4 33

John Elway College Career

In 1979, he enrolled at Stanford University, where he played football and baseball. In his senior season in 1982, Stanford was 5-5 and needed to win its final game, the Big Game against California, to secure an invitation to the Hall of Fame Classic bowl game. With two minutes remaining in the game, Stanford was down 19-17 and had 4th-and-17 on their own 13-yard line. Elway completed a 29-yard pass and drove the ball downfield to the 35-yard line, where Mark Harmon kicked what appeared to be the winning field goal. However, the clock had four seconds remaining, so Stanford had to kick off. What followed is now simply known as “The Play”, in which Cal players lateraled the ball, rugby-style, five times – two of them controversial – and scored a touchdown to win the game, 25-20. Elway was bitter about the game afterward, stating that the officials “ruined my last game as a college football player.” Stanford athletics director Andy Geiger said the loss cost Elway the Heisman Trophy. Twenty years later, Elway came to terms with The Play, saying that “each year it gets a little funnier.”

Although Elway never led his team to a bowl game, he had an accomplished college career. In his four seasons (1979–1982) at Stanford, he completed 774 passes for 9,349 yards and 77 touchdowns. Stanford had a 20–23 record during his tenure. Elway’s 24 touchdown passes in 1982 led the nation, and at the conclusion of his career, he held nearly every Pacific-10 record for passing and total offense. He won the Pac-10 Player of the Year honors in 1980 and 1982, was a consensus All-American, and finished second in Heisman Trophy balloting as a senior. In 2000, Elway was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. In 2007, Elway was ranked #15 on ESPN’s Top 25 Players In College Football History list. He passed for over 200 yards in 30 of his 42 collegiate games.

Elway also excelled as a baseball player. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 1981 Major League Baseball draft (52nd overall, six spots ahead of future Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn), and received $150,000 for playing for the Yankees’ short season affiliate Oneonta Yankees in the New York–Penn League in the summer of 1982. Yankees scout Gary Hughes believed that had Elway concentrated on baseball “the sky was the limit … he would’ve been off the charts”. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner—who aggressively sought Elway’s services—reportedly planned to make him the Yankees’ starting right fielder by 1985, which Elway—aware of Steinbrenner’s opinion—later described as “a tremendous [and] exciting thought”.

Elway graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and he is a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Already age 19 when he entered as a freshman, Elway did not use a redshirt year at Stanford.

John Elway Salary

His salary as of 2019,  Baltimore’s Ozzie Newsome was said to be the highest-paid GM, with an annual salary of $3.75 million per year.

John Elway Notable statistics

Elway ended his career with a record 148 victories, since surpassed by Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady for most wins by a starting quarterback. He finished his career with 774 rushing attempts, currently third in league history behind Randall Cunningham (775) and Michael Vick (873). Elway’s 3,407 rushing yards ranks sixth all-time among NFL QB’s behind Cunningham, Vick, Steve Young, Fran Tarkenton, and Steve McNair.

Elway threw for 1,128 yards in his five Super Bowls, fourth most behind Tom Brady, Kurt Warner, and Joe Montana. His 76 Super Bowl pass completions rank fifth, and his 152 attempts were a Super Bowl record before being broken by Tom Brady. He is one of only two players ever to score a rushing touchdown in four different Super Bowls (the other being Thurman Thomas) and the only quarterback to do so. (156 attempts) 

As of 2017’s NFL off-season, Elway held at least 33 Broncos franchise records, including:

  • Completions: career (4,123), playoffs (355), rookie season (123)
  • Pass Attempts: career (7,250), game (59 on 1993-10-10 @GNB; with Peyton Manning), playoffs (651), rookie season (259 in 1983), rookie game (44 on 1983-12-11 BAL )
  • Passing Yards: career (51,475), playoffs (4,964), rookie game (345 on 1983-12-11 BAL )
  • Passing Touchdowns: career (300), playoffs (27), playoff season (6 in 1987), playoff game (3 on 1988-01-17 CLE, 1990-01-14 CLE, and 1994-01-09 @RAI; with Peyton Manning)
  • Intercepted: career (226), playoffs (21), playoff season (5 in 1987)
  • Sacked: career (516), game (7 on 1989-10-29 PHI and 1993-10-18 RAI; with Tim Tebow), playoffs (39), playoff game (5 on 1988-01-31 NWAS; with Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning), rookie season (28 in 1983)
  • Yds/Pass Att: playoffs (7.63), rookie game (11.83 on 1983-12-04 CLE)
  • Rush Yds/Att: playoff season (6.73 in 1986)
  • 300+ yard passing games: career (40), playoffs (4), rookie season (1; with Marlin Briscoe and Tim Tebow)
  • Most Total Offensive Yards: 54,882 yards (51,475 passing, 3,407 rushing)
  • Most Total Touchdowns: 334 (300 passing, 33 rushing, 1 receiving)
  • Most Total Plays: 8,027
  • Winning Percentage: .641 (148–82–1)

John Elway Career Highlights

  • In 1979, Elway was drafted out of high school by the Kansas City Royals to play baseball in Major League Baseball. George Brett, the future Hall of Fame third baseman for the Royals, is said to have remarked, “I hope this guy plays football.”
  • In the 1981 MLB Draft, Elway was selected by the New York Yankees in the second round. The following year, he played outfield in 42 games for the Oneonta Yankees of the Class A New York–Penn League. He had a .318 batting average, with four home runs, 13 stolen bases, and a team-high 25 RBI.
  • In the 1983 NFL Draft, Elway was selected as the first overall pick by the Baltimore Colts, and on May 2, was traded to the Denver Broncos.
  • On January 11, 1987, Elway executed “The Drive”—a last-ditch, five-minute, 15-play, 98-yard touchdown drive in the AFC Championship against the Cleveland Browns to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, leading to an overtime win by field goal (by Rich Karlis) for the Broncos. It included six passes made (nine attempted), five rushes and an eight-yard sack. He was named the NFL Most Valuable Player and the AFC Offensive MVP.
  • Elway is the only player to throw for over 3,000 yards and rush for over 200 yards in seven straight seasons (1985–91).
  • Elway was named the AFC Offensive MVP in 1993 when he passed for 4,030 yards and 25 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 92.8.
  • In 1997, Elway led the Broncos to their first ever Super Bowl win in Super Bowl XXXII. His three previous attempts in Super Bowls XXI, XXII and XXIV were unsuccessful.
  • Elway is one of only two players to rush for a touchdown in four Super Bowls (XXI, XXIV, XXXII, XXXIII). Thurman Thomas is the other.
  • On January 31, 1999, in Super Bowl XXXIII, Elway passed for 336 yards in a 34-19 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. He was named the Super Bowl MVP.
  • Elway was selected to the Pro Bowl nine times during his 16 seasons with the Broncos, a franchise record.
  • Over his professional career, Elway led Denver to 35 comeback wins in the 4th quarter & overtime, tied for third with Johnny Unitas.
  • Elway’s 148 wins place him fourth behind Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Tom Brady for career wins among quarterbacks.
  • Elway was sacked 516 times, second to Favre for most times sacked in NFL history.
  • Elway’s 300 career touchdown passes places him tenth behind Favre, Dan Marino, Fran Tarkenton, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger.
  • Elway is one of six quarterbacks to pass for at least 3,000 yards in 12 seasons; Favre, Marino, Brees, Brady and Manning are the others.
  • On January 31, 2004, Elway was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Elway’s No. 7 Stanford Cardinal jersey was retired on November 7, 2013, at halftime during the Stanford-Oregon game

John Elway The Drive

The Drive was an offensive series in the fourth quarter of the 1986 AFC Championship Game played on January 11, 1987, at Cleveland Municipal Stadium between the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns

John Elway Hall Of Fame

On August 8, 2004, Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was elected in his first year of eligibility. He was presented by his eldest daughter Jessica. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

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John Elway, Broncos agree to five-year deal that runs through 2021

PUBLISHED: July 24, 2017

Two months ago John Elway declared that Colorado is and will remain his home and that, to quell any doubts about it, he would have a new contract in hand by the start of the season.
“I’m not going anywhere,” he vowed. John Elway kept his word.

Three days before the start of training camp, the Broncos’ general manager and executive vice president of football operations agreed to a five-year contract, keeping him in control of the team’s football decisions through at least 2021.
“I appreciate the trust and confidence that (CEO and president) Joe (Ellis) has shown in me,” Elway said in a statement from the team. “Pat Bowlen has always put outstanding leadership in place, and I’m grateful for the support Joe gives us to compete for championships each and every year.”

Elway’s value to the team as both a Hall of Fame quarterback and an executive is unparalleled. In his 22 seasons with the team (16 as a player, six as an executive), the Broncos have appeared in seven Super Bowls and recorded more Super Bowl championships (three) than losing seasons (two).
Although executive pay isn’t made public, Baltimore’s Ozzie Newsome was said to be the highest-paid GM, with an annual salary of $3.75 million per year. Seattle’s John Schneider reupped last year and was given a salary reported to “approach” top pay.

Terms of Elway’s contract were not immediately known, but he is fully expected to top all.

Re-signing Elway before the start of camp was important for the Broncos, who knew full well his value to not just the team but the state of Colorado.

“During these last six seasons, John’s clearly established himself as one of the best general managers in all of sports. He’s demonstrated impressive football instincts, a strong business acumen and a consistent ability to build competitive teams,” Ellis said. “There’s no doubt John means a great deal to the Broncos, our fans and the entire community. It was important for us to reach this long-term agreement, and we’re all excited to now turn our full attention toward the 2017 season.”

The team initiated discussions as early as the middle of last season with the hope of securing Elway on a long-term deal then. Talks stalled, not because of discord, but because Elway felt little urgency to hammer out his deal amid a Broncos coaching overhaul, a critical free agency period and the draft — especially when his contract was months away from expiring.

Elway joined the Broncos’ front office in 2011 as vice president of football operations, then added general manager to his title and signed a three-year extension in 2014, after Super Bowl XLVIII. That contract ran until March 2018.

As time wore on, questions were raised of Elway’s possible interest in minority ownership. The Broncos are still owned by Bowlen, but the team has been placed in a trust run by trustees Ellis; Rich Slivka, the team’s counsel; and Mary Kelly, a Denver attorney. Those three have the power to sell the team, but Bowlen’s trust was created to transfer controlling ownership to Bowlen’s seven children and appoint one the representing owner.

Bowlen’s plan, Ellis has insisted, is the only plan in effect.

But Bowlen’s wishes have always been to keep Elway a part of the Broncos.

“It’s hard to imagine John Elway running another franchise,” former sports agent Joel Corry said. “He’s got more leverage than any GM has had in quite a long time, because what were the Broncos like before he got there? There was a bit of a lull before he got there, and it’s kind of hard to argue with the on-field success.”

In the 12-season gap between the end of Elway’s playing career and the start of his executive career, the Broncos made the playoffs only four times and won just one postseason game. Only twice (2000 and 2005) in that stretch did they record more than 10 wins in a season.

Elway took over a team in disarray after the failed experiment with young head coach Josh McDaniels and transformed the Broncos into a 13-win club by 2012.

Denver’s 73 total wins since Elway took over are second-most in the NFL, and only the Broncos and the New England Patriots have won at least nine games (playoffs included) each season over that span. To boot, he has guided the Broncos to five AFC West titles and two Super Bowls, first with the most-prolific offense in league history, and then again with the NFL-leading defense that guided them to their third title in 2015.

Elway’s talent evaluation has spurred much of the team’s success but is still often unheralded for its approach. Over the years, he has signed 16 players who have combined for 32 Pro Bowl selections, acquiring elite talent off the street, on the open market, in the draft and in college free agency.

Last season was the first in which the Broncos failed to make the playoffs under Elway’s watch, with a pair of young quarterbacks guiding the offense. Incumbent starter Trevor Siemian and first-round pick Paxton Lynch will again engage in a battle for the starting job this summer, with first-year head coach Vance Joseph and his new staff overseeing the competition.

A new challenge and a new year. For Elway, it’s the first of at least five to come.

“This is a special place, and the Broncos are home to me,” Elway said. ‘While there’s still a lot of work to be done, I’m excited about the future of this team and this organization.”

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