John Elway (1960- ) is the greatest player in the history of the Denver Broncos. A strong-armed and fleet-footed quarterback who threatened defenses as both a passer and a scrambling runner, Elway led his Broncos to a record 47 fourth-quarter comeback wins over the course of his illustrious 16-year career. Elway ended his career on top, retiring in 1998 after leading Denver to back-to-back Super Bowl wins. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
As a young quarterback, Elway led his Broncos to the Super Bowl following the 1986, 1987, and 1989 seasons, but suffered through blowout losses each time (39-20 to the '86 Giants, 42-10 to the '87 Redskins, and a crushing 55-10 to the '89 49ers). Eight years later, Elway seized his chance for Super Bowl redemption, leading the Broncos to a 31-24 upset over the defending champion Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII, one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time. The following year, Elway's Broncos defended their title with an easier 34-19 win over Atlanta in Super Bowl XXXIII. Elway won game MVP honors and retired from football following the game.