John Elway

American professional football executive and former quarterback Website

Approval Rate: 79%

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    Thu Aug 27 2009

    #7 is the best ever. Put all the others on the same team he carried on his back in the late 80's and 90 and they would have finished .500 for the year. The difference is that he played in a system for the first 9 to 10 years that basically played conservative, then when they were down in the 4th quarter Dan said tee it up Johnny. And boy did he!!! Put Montana with that defensive line and his career likely would have lasted less than 5-years. Put Marino there and he would have been killed because he did not have the wheels to keep them in the game or himself alive. Put John on Montana's team with the all pro cast he played with and who knows what his stats would reflect and how many Super Bowls he would have won. This isn't even a contest when you consider that if you swap these great players to the other teams John would have been more successful and the others would have been average. Then take the Shanahan years, although I am not a big fan of him, but now John had a coach th... Read more

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    Fri Jul 24 2009

    He was pretty good. Walk in hall of famer material I think not.

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    Thu Nov 20 2008

    Cost my team the super bowl

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    Sat Oct 11 2008

    Forget the stats- Elway carried some truly mediocre Broncos teams through the playoffs. Looking back, he might be a touch underrated considering the current love-fest given to Favre and attention paid to Brady's injury. Elway has numbers, championship play, and memorable games and performances. . .and Denver can be a tough place to QB. Has to be a five on this list.

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    Fri Sep 26 2008

    Didn't this guy lose 3 Superbowls? A rebutal is that he won two, I'll give him that. I think he is the biggest choker of all time.

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    Fri May 23 2008

    He was gutsy in all those 4th quarter comebacks. He had many years without a strong supporting cast.

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    Wed Dec 12 2007

    Elway was the most talented QB ever in my book. I get the feeling that some people who dont rate him very high are people who are too young to have seen him in his prime and are just looking at his stats. Until 1993 he was not in a "QB friendly" system with Dan Reeves. His numbers got better from 93 on. Then there is this "choker" garbage: I hate to tell you this, but those Bronco teams would have never made it to ANY of those 5 Super Bowls if not for Elway. 2 of the 3 teams his Broncos lost to were 2 of the best Super Bowl teams ever. (86 Giants, 89 49ers) Also, don't give me this "Davis carried the Broncos in Elway's last 2 years" crap either. They had Pro-Bowl caliber players almost everywhere on that offense. Let's not forget that Mike Shanahan has proven time and time again that he can plug almost any decent back into that zone blocking system of his and make them look great. After Elway retired, Davis was averaging a whopping 3.1 yards a carry in the '99 season BEFORE he hurt his... Read more

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    Mon Nov 19 2007

    He was good, but lets be honest, Terrell Davis won those two Superbowls...

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    Mon Nov 19 2007

    couldn' hit shit

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    Tue Mar 13 2007

    John Elway got absolutely crushed in his first three Superbowls, but later on was able to win two because of Terrel Davis and a tough defense.

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    Tue Feb 20 2007

    Best Plyer Ever

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    Mon Feb 19 2007

    I hate the Broncos! He sucks uber big balls!

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    Mon Feb 19 2007

    One of the best 5 QB's ever to play the game. No one was ever better in the clutch.

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    Tue Jan 23 2007

    I think every player has a right to turn down any team where he doesn't want to play. We are all the sum total of our choices. When you have talent as deep as Elway, you should have the right to guide your own career where you want it to go. Every kid in little league wants to be on a winning team--don't we all?

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    Mon Jan 22 2007

    Elway would've never, ever got a ring without terrel davis. period. Imagine marino with such a rb.

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    Sun Jan 21 2007

    John Elway is the most over-rated garbage bag in NFL history. I'm absolutely convinced that Elway sucked off every commentator of his era in exchange for excusing him as the largest choke-artist in NFL history. He never won anything before Terrell Davis arrived in Denver. John Elway can lick my left nut. I can name 457 quarterbacks for whom Elway isn't qualified to lick their jocks after they've worn them for an entire season without washing. Elway was a star in a number of gay porn movies however, earning top honors for taking no less than three dicks in his ass at the same time. He also won honorable mention for best rim-job. I hope Elway dies of ass-cancer. God Bless, The Reverend Jerry Falwell

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    Mon Nov 06 2006

    He is better than #54

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    Wed Aug 02 2006

    I live in Cleveland: it is my civic duty to hate John Elway, 'nuff said!

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    Wed Aug 02 2006

    A tough guy, a leader, great under pressure, could run, had a great arm and he was fearless.

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    Mon Mar 13 2006

    He's a all American good guy. 2 time Superbowl winners don't grow on trees. Who doesn't want to be John Elway?

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    Thu Mar 09 2006

    name one more quarterback with more wins than cant, so dont waste your time-he was the best ever at the position, hands down.

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    Mon Jan 16 2006

    Very good quarterback, deserves everything he's got. Heart is what made this guy a winner. He even has a huge passion in his dealerships. I admire John and would rate him higher than Dan (I'll throw every down Marino) any day of the week. Plus hes won the big one.

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    Fri Jan 06 2006

    Bests he gave his all every game, and lead the team with his skill, and personality.

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    Sat Nov 12 2005

    Not near as good a passer as Favre or Marino. Lost lot's of Superbowls too.

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    Wed Nov 09 2005

    wow, so here we are big john eh, f'ing buck tooth. 5 stars for the horse teeth but one star for all the interceptions and low completion %

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    Fri Nov 04 2005

    oh you mean the guy who throws alot of picks! he passed on every down so he has the yards and td's but completions and int's will always haunt my mind. OVERRATED. 3 stars. (i give him one to bring it down)

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    Sun Oct 16 2005

    Quite possibly the most deserving player without a Super Bowl ring (along with Dan Marino) before finally achieving it in both his final two seasons with his beloved Denver Broncos, John Elway initially seemed star-crossed. But Elway showed heart against seeming odds, persevering through sports writers' and fans' criticisms and a coach who disliked him immensely (Dan Reeves). His patience and talent finally paid off against Brett Favre's Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII and culminated with his final game and Super Bowl MVP performance in game XXXIII.

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    Tue Sep 27 2005

    After analyzing every conceivable performance measure for NFL quarterbacks, I conclude that Joe Montana, John Elway, and Johnny Unitas are the top 3 of all time - the NFL's QB Triumvirate, the top tier of the Elite. When all is said and done and all the results are in, other NFL quarterbacks come close (Graham, Favre, Young, Marino, Starr, Staubach, Bradshaw, Baugh), but these guys - each in his own unique way and style - are unsurpassed in their accomplishments on the gridiron. Raw statistics are one important measure, but they are not the final arbiter - not the true measure of greatness. Fact is, numerous other quarterbacks had better QB ratings, more passing TDs, and higher completion percentages than Montana, Elway, or Unitas. But who had more Super Bowl victories and played better in the big games than Montana? Who won more NFL games, more total championships (Super Bowl, Conference and Divisional), and comeback victories than Elway? Who was a superior field commander and p... Read more

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    Mon Sep 26 2005

    I hate to say it but as time goes on I wonder how well 'Joe Cool' would have done in Denver and how ridiculous Elway would have been with Rice and Craig. He more than just about anyone on this list did more with less for so long. those early Denver Super Bowl Teams were aweful without him. I don't like to admit it because I hate the Broncos, but give old horse face his due.

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    Wed Sep 14 2005

    The most exciting and triumphant career I've ever watched. Anyone who thinks q/b ratings are an accurate measure of a quarterback's worth is clueless. A quarterback has to make plays and win games; that's what John Elway did, as well as anyone. Elway didn't play a game that rated well. He played to win. You can't argue that any of his teams were that great without him, and yet he won more games than any other quarterback ever. He also threw for more yards than all but Marino. Today's q.b. ratings are so inflated . . . When people look back, they'll ask how many yards did he throw for? how many yards did he run for? how many games did he win? how did his teammates feel about him? how many championships did he win? John Elway did it all.

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    Sat Aug 27 2005

    Much superior to Marino!

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    Wed May 11 2005

    classic case of work hard enough and ull get there

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    Thu Apr 07 2005

    hes a sissy

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    Tue Mar 08 2005

    Showed patience to getting his first ring in '97.

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    Thu Feb 17 2005

    Elway may not have had the best stats known to man, but he didn't have an offense built around him either. He lacked a defensive unit thoughout the nineties and still managed to make over 40 fourth quarter wins and 7 fourth quarter ties. He was consistant and led his team to 14 winning seasons in 16 years in the NFL. And what about his leadership commitment to one team. Few players can say that they played for the same team for their entire career, let alone a 16 year career. Players aren't all about stats, especially quarterbacks, they are supposed to lead the team along with making plays.

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    Tue Feb 08 2005

    i love favre but john has done more with less.

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    Tue Feb 01 2005

    favre is passing him this season

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    Tue Feb 01 2005

    The most important stat for a QB is wins. Who holds the record...John Elway. And that includes 2 Super Bowls, and an Super Bowl MVP, and the most late game comebacks ever. If Dan Reeves hadn't kept him bottled up for the first 10 years of his career, Marino wouldn't have any career records.

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    Fri Jan 28 2005

    How this guy is rated so low is beyond me. In his prime he was a true dual threat quarterback, he was a very underrated runner. This guy is probably the most beloved icon in the state of Colorado today and if he ran for governor he'd likely win by a landslide (and he'd easily be the smartest celeb governor in American history). He won more bowls in the professional level than in the college level - in his 4 years at Stanford he never went to a bowl game, but had The Play not occurred in December 1982 the Cardinal would have gone bowling.

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    Sat Jan 01 2005

    pretty good. ok i guess.

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    Sun Dec 26 2004

    Big Time Choker.

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    Mon Dec 13 2004

    John Elway is the best quarterback ever to p;ay the game. Elway's stats may not be the best, but he does rank near the top in career stats and he went to 5 Super Bowls. How many other quarterbacks have gone to 5 Super Bowls. John Elway also has more wins then any other quarterback, what does that tell you? Elway will be the greatest quarterback to play the game.

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    Tue Dec 07 2004

    pound for pound the best ever,he was not a system qb like montana and he had a better arm than unitas,mr iwatch500 real football started after 1975

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    Sat Dec 04 2004

    I have been watching NFL football since the 60s and I have never seen a player as over-rater as John Elway. I read an old Sporting News article form 1983 which had a story about him after his first pre-season game. The press had this guy in the Hall Of Fame before he played his first regular season game. Can somebody explain to me why he is considered a great quarterback? But lets let the numbers speak for themselves Trivia question: Based on passers with at least 100 attempts per season how many times did John Elway rank in the top 10 in his first 10 years in the league? Correct answer is ZERO. His best ranking was 14th in 1987. People were drooling over this great QB who ranked an average of 22.5 (out of an average of 40) in his first 10 years in the league. Later in his career he got better and actually ranked 5th (his best) in 1993. In his 16 years in the league his average ranking was 17th. But what about his play in those big games? Elway played in 5 Superbowls and hi... Read more

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    Sat Nov 27 2004

    Taking everything into account you would be hard pressed to argue John Elway isn't the greatest QB ever. He's right behind Marino in passing yards with over 51,000 total yards. He completed over 4000 passes and through for over 300 TDs. He took his team to FIVE Superbowls winning 2 back to back. His late game heroics are things of legend. As the total package I think I would have to give him the nod as the best ever.

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    Fri Nov 26 2004

    If he had never done anything else but The Drive in Cleveland, he would deserve four stars. But with everything else....

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    Fri Aug 13 2004

    A good QB, but I never really thought the Broncos success was due to him the same way the Packers is due to Favre.

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    Thu Aug 12 2004

    Way overrated. If it wasn't for all the talent he got in the later part of his career when he got his super bowl wins, he wouldn't even be considered as a good quarterback. Even with the talent in the last 6 years of his career, career qb rating- 79.9...Brad Johnson had a higher qb rating than that, and was 1 off from John Elway's career high for touchdown passes last year, and Brad Johnson sucked last year...With that said, how can people still say John Elway was better than, or even in the same league with Joe Montana or Brett Favre?

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    Wed Jun 16 2004

    John Elway is the best quarterback i've seen since watching football...qb that can beat a team with his arm as well as his legs...took the broncos to three superbowls with very little help...won two with a running game....terrell davis didn't win the superbowls, it took both of them....was superbowl mvp with the second superbowl...only qb to start five superbowls....winnest qb of all time...some of the great qbs who were playing at the same era....Marino got to one superbowl with no help....Elway made it to three...Montana was on some of the greatest teams of all time with the greatest receiver of all time...Elway would have won more superbowls if he had Rice and Taylor to throw it to

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    Sun May 30 2004

    thanks terrel davis