By Brandon Zhu
On this day in 1998, the Denver Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21 in the AFC Championship game. Led by legendary quarterback John Elway, the Broncos went on to win their first Super Bowl in 1998 (31-24) against the Green Bay Packers. Elway was the first pick in the 1983 NFL draft and spent his entire 16-year career with the Broncos. One of the most prolific passers to play in the NFL, Elway led the Broncos to six AFC Championship Games and five Super Bowls, winning back-to-back in 1998 and 1999. Elway’s other accolades include Super Bowl MVP, 1987 NFL MVP, NFL passing yards leader 1993, and 9x Pro Bowl selections. Elway won a third ring with the Broncos in 2016 serving as the team’s general manager. Elway was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004 and his no. 7 was retired by the Denver Broncos.