Stanford announced Tuesday that former quarterback John Elway will have his No. 7 jersey retired at halftime of the home football game against Oregon on Nov. 7.
One of the greatest collegiate and professional quarterbacks to ever play, Elway rewrote the Stanford and Pac-10 career record books, completing over 62 percent of his passes (774-of-1,246) and throwing 77 touchdowns over his four-year career (1979-'82). He still owns Stanford’s single game-record with six touchdown passes against Oregon State in 1980.
“Today is an exciting day for Stanford football, and you can't talk about Stanford football without talking about John Elway,” said current head coach David Shaw.
Elway was the No. 1 pick of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts, who then traded him to the Denver Broncos, where he spent his entire 16-year career. Elway led the Broncos to five super bowl appearances, winning two of them.
“I am extremely humbled that Stanford has chosen to recognize me in this very special way,” Elway said. “It’s a tremendous honor to join Cardinal legends Ernie Nevers and Jim Plunkett with this distinction.”
Elway was a consensus All-American as a senior and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting that year.
“Being a student-athlete at Stanford and earning my degree from the school are two things I take the utmost pride in accomplishing," Elway said. "Without question, my four years at Stanford played an integral role in who I am and any success I’ve had. In particular, my teammates and coaches deserve so much credit for making me better, both on and off the field."
The Nov. 7 home game against Oregon will be the highlight of Pac-12 season as both teams are ranked in the Top 4 of the preseason poll.
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"I will always cherish my time on campus as well as the friendships from Stanford that have lasted more than 30 years. I look forward to returning for this occasion and celebrating with the great Cardinal fans." said Elway.
Stanford media services contributed to this report