John Albert Elway Jr. and his Twin sister, Jana, were born on June 28, 1960 in Port Angeles, Washington to Janet and Jack Elway. His older sister Lee Ann was born one year earlier. John's father, Jack Elway, was a football coach and played a pivotal role in the development of John's lifelong value of hard work.


During John's sophomore year of high school his family moved to San Fernando Valley, where he played at Granada Hills High School. Despite missing most of his senior year due to a torn ACL, John was the #1 recruit in the county and made the All-American team with 5,711 career passing yards and 49 passing career touchdowns.


John began his full ride scholarship at Stanford in 1979 where he would eventually graduate with a degree in economics.

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John was a two-sport athlete playing both football and baseball. In 1981 John was drafted by the Yankees in the second round.

While at Stanford, John led the nation in touchdown passes.

While at Stanford, John led the nation in touchdown passes and upon the conclusion of his career he held nearly every PAC10 record in passing. He placed 2nd in Heisman voting, and in 2007 was named #15 on ESPN's top 25 college players in history.

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3k & 200 yards

Elway is the only player to throw for over 3,000 yards & rush for over 200 yards in seven straight seasons (1985–1991)

The playing years

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John was the first selection in the 1983 NFL Draft, famously known as the quarterback class of 1983. He was initially drafted by the Baltimore Colts before the infamous trade to the Denver Broncos. John didn't want to play for the Colts and forced a trade to Denver by electing to play baseball if the Colts didn't trade him.

His early career was fraught with adversity and character building challenges. He carried the Broncos to 3 Super Bowls in 1987, 1988, and 1990 only to be defeated in all 3. His critics believed that John would never be able to lead a team to a super bowl victory.

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This victory was John's final game and served as the perfect ending to his remarkable career.

John is known for his grit, determination and toughness. He used the critics commentary as fuel to carry the Broncos to two more Super Bowls. Labeled as the underdogs in Super Bowl 32, John defied all odds, accentuated by the famous helicopter hit, and led the Broncos to their first Super Bowl victory over the Green Bay Packers. Just one year later the Broncos won Super Bowl XXXIII in a decisive win over the Atlanta Falcons.

This victory was John's final game and served as the perfect ending to his remarkable career.

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On August 8, 2004, Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility. He was presented by his eldest daughter Jessica who represented his four children. Just two years later, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

  • Super Bowl XXIGiants 39 Broncos 20
  • Super Bowl XXIIRedskins 42 Broncos 10
  • Super Bowl XXIV49ers 55 Broncos 10
  • Super Bowl XXXIIPackers 24 Broncos 31
  • Super Bowl XXXIIIAtlanta 19 Broncos 34

Executive career

John couldn't stay away from football for long; on January 5, 2011, Elway was named general manager and executive vice president of football operations of the Broncos.

Under Elway's management, the team signed free agent quarterback Peyton Manning. In four seasons from 2012-2015, the Broncos won four division titles, two AFC Championships, and reached Super Bowl XLVIII where they were soundly defeated 43-8 by the Seattle Seahawks despite holding the regular season's top offense.

Elway responded to the Super Bowl loss by hiring Gary Kubiak as well as a fleet of defensive talent. Elway won a third Super Bowl as part of the Broncos franchise, on February 7, 2016. Denver defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 which gave him his first Super Bowl win as Executive VP/GM and his 3rd as a Denver Bronco.

  • Super Bowl XLVIII49ers 43 Broncos 8
  • Super Bowl 50Carolina 10 Broncos 24
Elway won a third Super Bowl as part of the Broncos franchise, on February 7, 2016.


The football field isn’t the only place John has excelled. With an economics degree as his foundation, John used his competitive drive to pursue business. During his career, he bought a fleet of car dealerships, ranging from Toyota to Nissan, that he eventually sold to AutoNation in 1997. Today, John owns 12 dealerships around the country. Crown Toyota, located in Ontario CA, is one of the top grossing dealerships in the country.


Ready for a new challenge, John used his business acumen to open four of his own steakhouses, aptly named Elway's. It is routinely referred to as the best steakhouse in Colorado. Nothing pairs better with a good steak than wine. In 2013, John launched his own wine brand, 7 Cellars, co-founded with his sports agent and long-time friend Jeff Sperbeck.

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7 cellars
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