John Elway was a highly touted quarterback at Stanford University.
A first-round draft choice of the Baltimore Colts in 1983, Elway was immediately traded to the Broncos for two veteran players and a 1984 first-round pick.
As the Broncos signal caller, Elway almost at once became one of the most feared quarterbacks in the league. From 1983 through 1998, he led his team to five victories in six AFC championship games and two Super Bowl wins.
The versatile Elway is the only player in National Football League history to pass for more than 3,000 yards and rush for more than 200 yards in the same season seven consecutive times.
Selected to play in nine Pro Bowl games, Elway was a first- or second-team All-Pro choice three times and a first- or second-team All-AFC choice five times.
Elway retired in style, winning two straight Super Bowls, and winning Super Bowl MVP honors in his final game.
Elway was thrilled to learn of his induction. Here he talks to media just minutes after the announcement of the Class of 2004 on Jan. 31 in Houston.
Elway talks to media at a press conference in Hawaii before the 2004 Pro Bowl.
Elway is honored, along with fellow classmates Bob Brown and Carl Eller, at the 2004 Pro Bowl.