On this day in 1983, Stanford quarterback John Elway was drafted as the 1st pick in the NFLDraft by the Baltimore Colts. However, Elway would never play a game in a Colts uniform as he was traded only a week later to the Denver Broncos. As the Broncos franchise quarterback, Elway guided the team to two Super Bowl wins in his 16 seasons. Over his professional career, Elway also led Denver to 35 comeback wins in the 4th quarter and overtime. One of the most prolific passers to play in the NFL, Elway helped the Broncos reach six AFC Championship games, and five Super Bowls, winning back-to-back in 1998 and 1999. Elway was named Super Bowl XXXIII MVP following his performance in which he threw for 336 yards and one touchdown. The Broncos defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-19. Elway’s other accolades include 1987 NFL MVP, NFL passing yards leader 1993, and a Broncos franchise record 9x Pro Bowl selections. Elway won his 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.
Today in Sports History: April 26