John Albert Elway Jr.

John Albert Elway Jr.

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John Albert Elway Jr. is a former American football quarterback. John Albert Elway Jr. is currently the general manager and president of football operations for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).

Early Life

John Albert Elway Jr. was born on June 28, 1960, in Port Angeles, Washington and he is 60 years old. He holds an American nationality. Similarly, his age is 60 years. He was born along with his twin sister to Janet and Jack Elway, then the head coach at Port Angeles High School on the Olympic Peninsula. The family of five included sister Lee Ann, a year older than the twins. They moved the following year to southwestern Washington. There Jack was the junior college head football coach at Grays Harbor Community College in Aberdeen for five seasons.

As a youth, Elway lived primarily in Missoula, Montana, and Pullman, Washington, when his father was an assistant coach at Montana and Washington State, respectively. In February 1976, Jack joined the staff at Palouse neighbor Idaho, but a month later became the head coach at Cal State-Northridge, a Division II program in Southern California. The family moved after his freshman year at Pullman High School to the San Fernando Valley, where he played his final three years of football at Granada Hills High School in Granada Hills, under head coaches Jack Neumeier and Tom Richards. In 1979, he enrolled at Stanford University, where he played football and baseball.

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Caption: John Albert Elway Jr. with his twin sister when they were little (Source: Instagram)

Career and Professional Life

John Albert Elway Jr. became an All-American college football star at Stanford before graduating in 1983 with a degree in economics. He was the number one draft pick among professional football teams in the National Football League (NFL). Also, he proceeded to become a quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He would hold this position for his entire professional football career. In 1985, he shattered the Bronco’s single-season record for attempts (605), completions (327), passing yards (3,891), and more. Then, in 1986, Elway led the Broncos to their first American Football Conference (AFC) Championship in almost ten years. In 1987, Elway was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) and was named to the Sporting News All-NFL team.

Elway was also named the Colorado Pro Athlete of the Year by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame and was voted the Broncos’ offensive MVP. Playing in Super Bowl XXII, he made history by becoming the first quarterback in a Super Bowl to catch a pass. The beginning of 1989 saw Elway at his second Super Bowl in which he scored the only touchdown made by his team. In spite of a persistent shoulder injury, Elway led his team in touchdowns in 1991, with a then career-high of six. Likewise, in the 1992 off-season, he had his shoulder injury corrected by arthroscopic surgery. In the 1992 regular season, Elway was back in action and better than ever throwing the longest touchdown pass of his career, 80 yards.

In 1993, Elway was named AFC MVP by the NFL Players Association, as well as AFC Offensive Player of the Year by United Press International (UPI) and AFC Player of the Year by Football News. Also this year he was named to the all-AFC team by UPI and Football News, as well as second-team All-NFL by the Associated Press, College, and Pro Football Weekly, and Football Digest. In 1995, Elway scored 26 touchdowns, made 14 interceptions, and threw for more than 300 yards five separate times—all career bests for him. His 26 touchdowns also set a record for the Broncos. He repeated this performance in 1996 with 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

More about his career

Also in 1996, he set Broncos records for most games played (192) and most consecutive games scoring touchdown passes (15). Playing with the Broncos, Elway became famous for dramatic, last-minute game-winning scores. He also topped the NFL by making first place in the history of the league in victories by a starting quarterback, first in rushing attempts by a quarterback. During his 16 years with the Broncos, Elway played in five Super Bowls, the final two of which, Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII, his team won. Also during his career with the Broncos, Elway became only the second player in NFL history to throw for over 50,000 yards, and he topped the NFL in victories for a starting quarterback and in rushing attempts by a quarterback. During the height of his popularity, Elway was an internationally famous star.

Looking ahead to his retirement from football, Elway opened an automobile dealership in the Denver area in the 1990s. This business grew to include seven auto franchises by the turn of the century. He also became an active philanthropist, donating time and money to victims of child abuse and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Elway decided to retire in 1999 after two Super Bowl wins in a row and 16 years as a Broncos quarterback. Immediately following Elway’s retirement announcement, the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame Committee waved its usual five-year waiting time after a player retires from the team to induct Elway into the Ring of Fame.

The committee also retired Elway’s jersey number, seven, making him the third player in Broncos history to have his number retired. Elway was inducted and his number retired in a halftime ceremony at Mile High Stadium in Colorado on September 13, 1999. Uneasy in retirement, Elway, at 42 years old, wasn’t ready to turn to a life of leisure. He found his answer in the form of a part ownership stake in an Arena Football League (AFL) team called the Colorado Crush. The team, which intended to begin regularly scheduled games in 2003, gave Elway the spirit of competition and the role in a business for which he had been searching. Best of all, it allowed Elway to stay in the game of football.

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Caption: John Albert Elway Jr. on the football field (Source: Mile High Report)

Awards and Nomination

Recognition for Elway’s achievements came yet again in 1997. It was when he received the NFL Players Association Mackey Award as the best quarterback in the AFC. Also in 1997, Elway helped the Broncos’ offense become the best in the NFL for the second season in a row. Likewise, he has won so many awards and trophies from his career and hard work.

Net Worth

The 60-year-old American football player has done well. John Elway’s net worth is $145 million. There are many sources from which he earns his earnings. In addition, in March 2001, Elway sold most of his stake in his chain of auto dealerships, earning $82.5 million for the sale.

Relationship Status

John Elway is currently the husband of Paige Green. The couple started dating in 2005 and have been together for around 15 years. He is a Virgo and she is a Sagittarius. Paige Green is 53 years old, while he is 60 years old. According to CelebsCouples, he had at least 3 relationships before this one. Paige Green is popular for being a Cheerleader. She was also born in the Year of the Horse. He sent her roses every week and took the kids out for shopping trips and other excursions.

He was previously married to Janet Elway (1984 – 2003). He had at least 3 relationships before Paige Green. He has been in a relationship with Carrie Stevens (2004 – 2005). As if the deaths of Elway’s father and sister had not brought enough heartache. His wife Janet moved out soon after Jana’s death, taking the couple’s four children with her. It was a wakeup call for the football star, who realized that the pressures of his football career, and his later career as a businessperson, had stressed his family life to the breaking point. Furthermore, he has 4 children and they are Jack Elway, Jessica Elway, Jordan Elway, and Juliana Elway.

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Caption: John Albert Elway Jr. with his wife (Source: Instagram)

Scandal

John Albert Elway Jr.’s father, Jack, died of a heart attack in April 2001. The two were very close; Elway considered his father his best friend, and Jack was the earliest supporter of Elway’s football career. Tragedy again struck the Elway family in 2002. In July, his twin sister, Jana Elway-Sever, had become a school teacher in San Jose, California. She died after a two-year battle with lung cancer when she was 42 years old. Jana had been seriously ill at the time of Jack Elway’s death the previous year. She however managed to attend the funeral service.

Body Measurement and Social Media

Coming to his body measurement, John Albert Elway Jr. has an average height of 6 feet 2 inches. He also has a weight of 98 kg. Previously, he had brown hair but now as he has become older, he has white hairs on his head. Moreover, he has a pair of blue eyes. He had an athletic body type but now he has a quite fat body. However, he seems healthy even in his old age.

Talking about his presence on social media platforms, he is quite active there. He uses Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  There more than 500 K followers on his Facebook account and 1 million followers on his Twitter account. Also, there are 73.8 K followers on his Instagram account. His social media accounts are full of his work’s post, his wife’s pictures, and also his family pictures. However, it is sure that he is still in touch with his followers.

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