At 59 years old, retired Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway still spends the majority of his days on the football field as the Broncos' General Manager and President of Football Operations. The second-youngest person to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Elway has a career record of 151-67-1 as a player and a manager.
Elway was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1979 after playing one season at San Diego State University. He went on to lead the team to three Super Bowl victories during the 1980's and 1990's. In addition to being an executive with the Broncos, Elway remains involved in football operations through his role with the team's alumni association. He also serves as a color analyst for Denver Broncos radio broadcasts.
Elway and his wife, Helen, have four children: Kelly, Jon, Jeff, and Julie.
He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is now the general manager and President of Football Operations of the National Football League's Denver Broncos (NFL). Elway spent his entire 16-year professional career with the Denver Broncos, where he played collegiate football at Stanford. He was the most successful quarterback in NFL history until Peyton Manning surpassed him in 2013.
Elway led the Broncos to victory in their first two playoff games before losing to Bill Belichick and Tom Brady's New England Patriots in the 1994 AFC Championship Game. The following year, he helped the Broncos win their first Super Bowl title after defeating the Chicago Bears 26-11 in Super Bowl XXXIV. Elway had one pass attempt in the game but was picked off by Chris McAlister.
He continued to play well for the Broncos through the 1999 season, when he missed nearly all of camp and the start of the regular season due to back injuries. Despite this, Elway still managed to lead the team to another championship appearance, this time against his old team, the San Francisco 49ers. In the 2001 NFC Championship Game, Elway threw for four touchdowns against underwhelming Atlanta Falcons defense to help the Broncos defeat them 41-10 and go on to face New York Giants in the Super Bowl. In that game, he threw for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns while also rushing for 11 more yards and a touchdown.
John Elway's term as General Manager of the Denver Broncos is coming to an end, with the organization trying to find a new GM. The Hall of Famer formerly controlled the team's roster, draft, and free agency, but after a string of dismal seasons, he and the company decided it was time for him to step down.
His departure may come as a surprise to some given that he has said many times that he plans to remain with the organization for the rest of his life. However, recent reports indicate that he has begun looking elsewhere for work.
The Denver Broncos are hoping to keep their head coach, Vic Fangio, and their president of football operations, Nick Coughlan, but both may be shown the door if John Elway can't find a suitable replacement. Elway has a list of candidates he could choose from if he wants to take over another franchise. He also has a good relationship with other organizations, which could help him get a job elsewhere.
However, it isn't clear yet whether or not he will accept any job offers that come his way. What is certain is that he wants to find someone who can continue building upon his legacy as one of the greatest NFL players of all time.
After retiring as a player, Elway became the Broncos' general manager and executive vice president of football operations, during which time the team won four division titles, two AFC Championships, and Super Bowl 50, making Elway a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Broncos—two as a player and one as an entrepreneur. He is also a three-time NFL MVP award winner.
Elway first joined the Denver Broncos as a quarterback in 1975 after they traded their original first-round draft choice (number 1 overall) to select him. The Broncos hired him as a free agent rather than sign him out of college because most thought he was too small (5 feet 11 inches, 193 pounds) for the position. But Elway proved them wrong by leading the Broncos to the playoffs each year he was there. In 1977, he helped lead the team to its first ever Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Elway had three touchdown passes and no interceptions in the game.
He returned to the Broncos in 1983 and stayed with them until he retired after the 1998 season at the age of 35. During that time, he never missed a game due to injury and started every single one he played in. His career record was 75-37 as a player and 3-0 as a coach.
In 1999, Elway came back from retirement to join his former coach, Bill Musgrave, on staff with the Broncos.