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Published: June 21, 2018 at 02:02 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2018 at 04:49 p.m.

Best photos of John Elway

A look at Hall of Famer John Elway's 16-year professional career as quarterback of the Denver Broncos. Elway won Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII and was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

30 Photos Total

  • Stanford quarterback John Elway announced that he’ll play baseball for the New York Yankees rather than sign with the Baltimore Colts as the top draft choice of the National Football League, during a press conference in afternoon on Tuesday, April 26, 1983 in San Jose, California. Elway is rated by NFL scouts as perhaps the best ever passing prospect coming out of college. 30

    Paul Sakuma/Associated Press

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    Stanford quarterback John Elway announced that he’ll play baseball for the New York Yankees rather than sign with the Baltimore Colts as the top draft choice of the National Football League, during a press conference in afternoon on Tuesday, April 26, 1983 in San Jose, California. Elway is rated by NFL scouts as perhaps the best ever passing prospect coming out of college.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) turns to pitch the football to running back Sammy Winder during an NFL game against the Green Bay Packers in Denver, Colo., Oct. 15, 1984. The Broncos defeated the Packers, 17-14, in a snowstorm. 29

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    Packers-Broncos - October 15, 1984

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) turns to pitch the football to running back Sammy Winder during an NFL game against the Green Bay Packers in Denver, Colo., Oct. 15, 1984. The Broncos defeated the Packers, 17-14, in a snowstorm.

  • Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) prepares to take the snap from center Bill Bryan (64) during an NFL game against the Green Bay Packers in Denver, Colo., Oct. 15, 1984. The Broncos defeated the Packers, 17-14, on Monday Night Football. 28

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    Broncos-Packers - October 15, 1984

    Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) prepares to take the snap from center Bill Bryan (64) during an NFL game against the Green Bay Packers in Denver, Colo., Oct. 15, 1984. The Broncos defeated the Packers, 17-14, on Monday Night Football.

  • Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) tries to avoid a hit by Green Bay Packers nose tackle Donnie Humphrey (79) during an NFL game in Denver, Oct. 15, 1984. The Broncos defeated the Packers, 17-14. 27

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    Packers-Broncos - October 15, 1984

    Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) tries to avoid a hit by Green Bay Packers nose tackle Donnie Humphrey (79) during an NFL game in Denver, Oct. 15, 1984. The Broncos defeated the Packers, 17-14.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) runs the ball during an AFC Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 30, 1984 in Denver. The Steelers won the game, 24-17. 26

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    Steelers-Broncos AFC Wild Card game - December 30, 1984

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) runs the ball during an AFC Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 30, 1984 in Denver. The Steelers won the game, 24-17.

  • Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) sets up to pass as Los Angeles Raiders Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long (75) during an NFL game in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 22, 1987. The Broncos defeated the Raiders, 23-17. 25

    NFL Photos

    Broncos-Raiders - November 22, 1987

    Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) sets up to pass as Los Angeles Raiders Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long (75) during an NFL game in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 22, 1987. The Broncos defeated the Raiders, 23-17.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) throws a pass during Super Bowl XXI, which featured the Broncos and the New York Giants, on Jan. 25, 1987 in Pasadena, California. The Giants won, 39-20. 24

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    Super Bowl XXI - January 25, 1987

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) throws a pass during Super Bowl XXI, which featured the Broncos and the New York Giants, on Jan. 25, 1987 in Pasadena, California. The Giants won, 39-20.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway scrambles for a first down on the first play of Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 25, 1987. The Denver drive ended with a 48-yard Rich Karlis field goal. 23

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    Super Bowl XXI - January 25, 1987

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway scrambles for a first down on the first play of Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 25, 1987. The Denver drive ended with a 48-yard Rich Karlis field goal.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) calls a play during an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Oct. 9, 1988 in San Francisco. The Broncos won the game, 16-13. 22

    Greg Trott

    Broncos-49ers - October 9, 1988

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) calls a play during an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Oct. 9, 1988 in San Francisco. The Broncos won the game, 16-13.

  • Quarterback John Elway (7) of the Denver Broncos runs from the pocket in 1990. 21

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    Broncos - 1990

    Quarterback John Elway (7) of the Denver Broncos runs from the pocket in 1990.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) fires a pass over the middle during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland stadium, Ohio, on Dec. 9, 1991. 20

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    Broncos-Browns - December 9, 1991

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) fires a pass over the middle during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland stadium, Ohio, on Dec. 9, 1991.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) scrambles for yardage during an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mile High Stadium on Nov. 14, 1993 in Denver, Colorado.  The Vikings won, 26-23. 19

    David Stluka

    Vikings-Broncos - November 14, 1993

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) scrambles for yardage during an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mile High Stadium on Nov. 14, 1993 in Denver, Colorado. The Vikings won, 26-23.

  • Quarterback John Elway (7) of the Denver Broncos sets up to pass against the Los Angeles Raiders in an AFC Wild Card Game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 9, 1994 in Los Angeles, California. The Raiders defeated the Broncos, 42-24. 18

    NFL Photos

    Broncos-Raiders AFC Wild Card Game - January 9, 1994

    Quarterback John Elway (7) of the Denver Broncos sets up to pass against the Los Angeles Raiders in an AFC Wild Card Game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 9, 1994 in Los Angeles, California. The Raiders defeated the Broncos, 42-24.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) throws a pass from the dirt infield during a 1995 NFL regular-season game against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 24, 1995 in San Diego. The Chargers won the game, 17-6. 17

    Paul Spinelli/Associated Press

    Chargers-Broncos - September 24, 1995

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) throws a pass from the dirt infield during a 1995 NFL regular-season game against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 24, 1995 in San Diego. The Chargers won the game, 17-6.

  • Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) throws a pass during an NFL game against the Oakland Raiders in Los Angeles on Dec. 24, 1995. The Broncos defeated the Raiders, 31-28. 16

    Kevin Terrell/Associated Press

    Raiders-Broncos - December 24, 1995

    Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) throws a pass during an NFL game against the Oakland Raiders in Los Angeles on Dec. 24, 1995. The Broncos defeated the Raiders, 31-28.

  • Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) throws a pass during an NFL game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 19, 1997. The Raiders defeated the Broncos, 28-25. 15

    Tony Tomsic/Associated Press

    Broncos-Raiders - October 19, 1997

    Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) throws a pass during an NFL game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 19, 1997. The Raiders defeated the Broncos, 28-25.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway throws a pass under pressure against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997 in Oakland, California.  The Raiders won, 28-25. 14

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    Raiders-Broncos - November 30, 1997

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway throws a pass under pressure against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997 in Oakland, California. The Raiders won, 28-25.

  • Denver Broncos John Elway(7) is taking a snap during a game from his 1997 season with the Denver Broncos. Elway played for 16 seasons, all with the Denver Broncos, and was a nine-time Pro Bowler. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004. 13

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    Broncos-Packers - 1997

    Denver Broncos John Elway(7) is taking a snap during a game from his 1997 season with the Denver Broncos. Elway played for 16 seasons, all with the Denver Broncos, and was a nine-time Pro Bowler. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

  • Denver Broncos QB John Elway was victorious in Super Bowl XXXII against the Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium on Jan. 25, 1998 in San Diego, CA. The Broncos defeated the Packers, 31-24. 12

    Tom DiPace/Associated Press

    Super Bowl XXXII - January 25, 1998

    Denver Broncos QB John Elway was victorious in Super Bowl XXXII against the Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium on Jan. 25, 1998 in San Diego, CA. The Broncos defeated the Packers, 31-24.

  • Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers, 31-24, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 25, 1998. 11

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    Super Bowl XXXII - January 25, 1998

    Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers, 31-24, at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 25, 1998.

  • Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) prepares to take the snap from center during Super Bowl XXXII against the Green Bay Packers in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 25, 1998. The Broncos defeated the Packers, 31-24. 10

    Tony Tomsic/Associated Press

    Super Bowl XXXII - January 25, 1998

    Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) prepares to take the snap from center during Super Bowl XXXII against the Green Bay Packers in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 25, 1998. The Broncos defeated the Packers, 31-24.

  • John Elway (7) scans the field against the New York Giants on Dec. 13, 1998 at Giants Stadium. The Giants beat the Broncos, 20-16. 9

    David Durochik/Associated Press

    Broncos-Giants - December 13, 1998

    John Elway (7) scans the field against the New York Giants on Dec. 13, 1998 at Giants Stadium. The Giants beat the Broncos, 20-16.

  • John Elway sets up to pass in Super Bowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons at Pro Player Stadium on Jan. 31, 1999 in Miami, FL. The Broncos defeated the Falcons, 34-19. 8

    Tom DiPace/Associated Press

    Super Bowl XXXIII - January 31, 1999

    John Elway sets up to pass in Super Bowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons at Pro Player Stadium on Jan. 31, 1999 in Miami, FL. The Broncos defeated the Falcons, 34-19.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) celebrates during during Super Bowl XXXIII on Jan. 31, 1999 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Broncos defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19. 7

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    Super Bowl XXXIII - January 31, 1999

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (7) celebrates during during Super Bowl XXXIII on Jan. 31, 1999 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Broncos defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19.

  • John Elway stands triumphant following Super Bowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons at Pro Player Stadium on Jan. 31, 1999 in Miami, FL. The Broncos defeated the Falcons, 34-19. 6

    Tom DiPace/Associated Press

    Super Bowl XXXIII - January 31, 1999

    John Elway stands triumphant following Super Bowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons at Pro Player Stadium on Jan. 31, 1999 in Miami, FL. The Broncos defeated the Falcons, 34-19.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway celebrates the Broncos' 34-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII, in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999. 5

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    Super Bowl XXXIII - January 31, 1999

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway celebrates the Broncos' 34-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII, in Miami, Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway holds up the trophy after leading his team to a 34-19 win against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999.  Elway was also named the game's Most Valuable Player. 4

    John Gaps III/Associated Press

    Super Bowl XXXIII - January 31, 1999

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway holds up the trophy after leading his team to a 34-19 win against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999. Elway was also named the game's Most Valuable Player.

  • Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) is surrounded by members of the media as he celebrates after winning Superbowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 31, 1999, at Pro Player Stadium in Miami. The Broncos defeated the Falcons, 34-19. 3

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    Super Bowl XXXIII - January 31, 1999

    Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway (7) is surrounded by members of the media as he celebrates after winning Superbowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 31, 1999, at Pro Player Stadium in Miami. The Broncos defeated the Falcons, 34-19.

  • Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway gives a final mile-high salute after speaking at the Pro Football Hall of Fame  on Sunday, Aug. 8 , 2004, in Canton, Ohio. Elway, Barry Sanders, Bob Brown and Carl Eller made up the Hall's 2004 class. 2

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    Hall of Fame - August 8, 2004

    Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway gives a final mile-high salute after speaking at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, Aug. 8 , 2004, in Canton, Ohio. Elway, Barry Sanders, Bob Brown and Carl Eller made up the Hall's 2004 class.

  • Denver Broncos general manager John Elway celebrates the Broncos' win during the trophy ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos defeated the Panthers, 24-10, to win Super Bowl 50. 1

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    Super Bowl 50 - February 7, 2016

    Denver Broncos general manager John Elway celebrates the Broncos' win during the trophy ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos defeated the Panthers, 24-10, to win Super Bowl 50.