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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?
This city howled under a full moon Sunday, reveling as its beloved Broncos repeated as world champions, defeating the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19, in Super Bowl XXXIII at Miami. There was also a repeat of the raucous celebrations that trashed the downtown area after last year's win. Even though authorities here had warned for a week that police would immediately move to quash unruliness, fans poured into the LoDo area of Denver's revitalized downtown and broke storefront windows and set fires.
February 1, 1999 | HOUSTON MITCHELL
VITAL STATISTICS Completed 18 of 29 passes for 336 yards with one interception and one touchdown. Also rushed for a touchdown. DEFINING MOMENT 80-yard touchdown pass play with Rod Smith that gave Denver a 17-3 lead late in the second quarter. LITTLE-KNOWN FACT In 1982, hit .318 in 42 games as an outfielder in the Yankees' minor-league system. OTHER KEY PLAYS Completed seven of 10 passes for 73 yards in the third quarter, when the Broncos maintained their lead and controlled the clock.
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