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May 3, 1999 | BILL PLASCHKE
The horizon is full now, a sleek number 23 and a quick number 99 joined by a stocky No. 7. Jordan, Gretzky and Elway. Into the shadows they step, together, too soon, a loss too high to calculate, a sight almost too much to bear. A sports era of character and virtue appropriately ended in weeping and gratitude Sunday when football's John Elway officially retired less than four months after the retirements of basketball's Michael Jordan and hockey's Wayne Gretzky.
May 3, 1999 | T.J. SIMERS
John Elway, the best known figure in the Rocky Mountain region, went to dinner Saturday night in downtown Denver, and like everyone else found it difficult to secure a parking place. "It [a sign] said, 'No Parking--postal customers only,' " explained Elway on Sunday at his retirement announcement. "It's nine o'clock at night, so I said this must be OK." So Elway parked his car, had dinner and returned to find his automobile towed.
With the numbers John Elway put up at Stanford, you'd figure he finished his career as a Cardinal in a blaze of glory. Instead it ended with one of the most bizarre plays in college football history--the wild, five-lateral scramble that ended with California's Kevin Moen rambling through the Stanford band for the winning touchdown in the 1982 Big Game. Elway watched from the sideline, helpless.
April 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
Denver Bronco quarterback John Elway will retire Sunday because he no longer believes he can handle the physical punishment of the NFL. Bronco owner Pat Bowlen confirmed Monday that Elway was leaving football because he "felt in his own mind that he had some physical problems he didn't think he could overcome." The usually durable Elway, 38, missed all or part of six games last season because of hamstring, back and rib injuries. Of more concern, however, was a troublesome left knee.
April 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
John Elway is ready to join Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky in retirement--the third transcendent athlete to leave his game in the last four months. The peerless Denver Bronco quarterback, the architect of a record 47 game-winning drives, told friends he has had enough after 16 seasons of pro football, sources close to Elway told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
John Elway, who capped one of the greatest careers in NFL history by leading the Denver Broncos to their second consecutive Super Bowl championship in January, is set to announce his retirement from professional football, the Denver Post is reporting in today's editions. The newspaper, citing an unnamed college friend of the former Granada Hills High and Stanford star, said Elway, the master of the fourth-quarter comeback, will make the official announcement at a news conference Monday.
February 2, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Quarterback John Elway received a car and trophy for being named Super Bowl most valuable player at a news conference in Miami and reiterated that no decision has been made on his future with the Broncos. After last year's Super Bowl victory over Green Bay, Elway didn't announce he would return until four months later. He expects to make a quicker decision this time. "It would be great to come back and three-peat," Elway said.
February 2, 1999 | LARRY STEWART
Sunday's game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, which was essentially over early in the second half, drew one of the worst Super Bowl TV ratings. Fox's 3-hour 20-minute telecast of Denver's 34-19 victory got a 40.2 national rating, the lowest since 1990, and a 61 share, which matched the lowest for the Super Bowl. San Francisco's 55-10 victory over Denver in 1990 drew a 39.0, which was the lowest since Super Bowl III in 1969 got a 36.0.
February 2, 1999 | RANDY HARVEY
What if Al Davis had been more committed to excellence in the late '80s than to his own ego, allowing his coach, Mike Shanahan, to actually coach? The Los Angeles Raiders would have maintained their record as professional sports' winningest team, becoming the team of the '90s with one Super Bowl championship after another while creating a legion of loyal fans to fill a new, state-of-the-art stadium at Hollywood Park. The Denver Broncos? They would have searched for the right coach--Art Shell?
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