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Published: June 28, 2019 at 10:42 a.m.
Updated: June 28, 2019 at 10:56 a.m.

John Elway stats, milestones of a Hall of Fame career in photos

Quarterback John Elway played 16 NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos. Elway was a nine-time Pro-Bowl selection, the 1987 Most Valuable Player, 1992 Walter Payton Man of the Year and the first overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft. Take a look at other big milestones from John Elway's career.

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  • Quarterback John Elway of Stanford was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 1st round (1st overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft. 14

    Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press

    April 26, 1983 - No. 1 overall draft pick

    Quarterback John Elway of Stanford was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 1st round (1st overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft.

  • John Elway was traded to the Denver Broncos for offensive lineman Chris Hinton, quarterback Mark Herrmann and a 1st-round pick in 1984 NFL Draft. 13

    Associated Press

    May 2, 1983 - Traded to the Denver Broncos

    John Elway was traded to the Denver Broncos for offensive lineman Chris Hinton, quarterback Mark Herrmann and a 1st-round pick in 1984 NFL Draft.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway throws his first career passing touchdown in Week 3 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. 12

    Keith Srakocic/Associated Press

    Sept. 18, 1983 - First career passing touchdown

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway throws his first career passing touchdown in Week 3 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway leads the game with a 98-yard touchdown drive against the Cleveland Browns. The Broncos win in OT and take the AFC Championship. 11

    Tony Tomsic/Associated Press

    Jan. 11, 1987 - The Drive

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway leads the game with a 98-yard touchdown drive against the Cleveland Browns. The Broncos win in OT and take the AFC Championship.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway plays in his first Super Bowl against the New York Giants on Jan. 25, 1987 in Pasadena, Calif. The Broncos lose 39-20. 10

    Lennox Mclendon/Associated Press

    Jan. 25, 1987 - Super Bowl XXI

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway plays in his first Super Bowl against the New York Giants on Jan. 25, 1987 in Pasadena, Calif. The Broncos lose 39-20.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway plays in his first NFL Pro Bowl football game in Honolulu. 9

    Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press

    Feb. 1, 1987 - Pro Bowl

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway plays in his first NFL Pro Bowl football game in Honolulu.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway is named AP NFL Most Valuable Player for 1987 season. During the regular season, he had an 83.4 passer rating and 19 passing touchdowns. 8

    Peter Read Miller/Associated Press

    Jan. 30, 1988 - MVP

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway is named AP NFL Most Valuable Player for 1987 season. During the regular season, he had an 83.4 passer rating and 19 passing touchdowns.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway plays in Super Bowl XXII against the Washington Redskins on Jan. 31, 1988 in San Diego, Calif. The Broncos lose 42-10. 7

    Al Messerschmidt/Associated Press

    Jan. 31, 1988 - Super Bowl XXII

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway plays in Super Bowl XXII against the Washington Redskins on Jan. 31, 1988 in San Diego, Calif. The Broncos lose 42-10.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway plays in Super Bowl XXIV against the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 28, 1990 in New Orleans. The 49ers defeated the Broncos 55-10. 6

    Associated Press

    Jan. 28, 1990 - Super Bowl XXIV

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway plays in Super Bowl XXIV against the San Francisco 49ers on Jan. 28, 1990 in New Orleans. The 49ers defeated the Broncos 55-10.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway is named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 1992. 5

    Greg Trott/Associated Press

    1992 - Walter Payton Man of the Year

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway is named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 1992.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway celebrates a victory over the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. The Broncos defeated the Packers 31-24. 4

    Ed Andrieski/Associated Press

    Jan. 21, 1998 - Super Bowl XXXII

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway celebrates a victory over the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. The Broncos defeated the Packers 31-24.

  • Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway celebrates a win against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium on January 31, 1999 in Miami, FL. The Broncos defeated the Falcons  34-19. 3

    Tom DiPace/Associated Press

    Jan. 31, 1999 - Super Bowl XXXIII

    Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway celebrates a win against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium on January 31, 1999 in Miami, FL. The Broncos defeated the Falcons 34-19.

  • Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL on Sunday, May 2, 1999. Elway played his entire 16-year NFL career with the Broncos. 2

    David Zalubowski/Associated Press

    May 2, 1999 - Retires

    Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL on Sunday, May 2, 1999. Elway played his entire 16-year NFL career with the Broncos.

  • Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway 
is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, in Canton, Ohio. 1

    Ron Schwane/Associated Press

    Aug. 8, 2004 - HOF

    Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, in Canton, Ohio.