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August 7, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
How can a quarterback who never led his college team to a bowl game have his number retired? It's easy when the school is Stanford and the quarterback is John Elway. What's more, Stanford fans would tell you, Elway would have led Stanford to a bowl in 1982 if not for the outrageous injustice suffered in that year's game against Cal. You may remember The Play . ("The band is out on the field!") It's actually surprising that Stanford has waited this long to retire Elway's No. 7 jersey.
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March 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is expected to undergo surgery after a recurrence of oral cancer. The legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback is likely to be operated on later this week or early next week, according to brother Dan Kelly. Last year Kelly had some teeth and part of his jaw removed due to oral cancer. Kelly's wife, Jill, wrote on her personal blog last week that "the cancer's back, aggressive, and starting to spread. " Family friend Dennis DiPaolo told WIVB-4 in Buffalo that Kelly is weak and in a lot of pain but is keeping his spirits up. “He's like, 'Come on, don't hang your heads,' " DiPaolo said.
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February 22, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
John Elway apologized and said he didn't mean it, but when he opined Friday that Johnny Manziel "is a great little player," the size issue came to the forefront again at the NFL draft combine. The Hall of Fame quarterback and Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations as well as general manager, chuckled after his sizable slip of the lip. "I think he's a great little player," Elway said Friday when asked his opinion of Manziel, who measured 5-foot-11¾ inches and weighed 210 pounds, nearly 15 more than when he played at Texas A&M. "I don't say 'little,' I shouldn't say 'little.' I'm sorry.
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February 22, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
John Elway apologized and said he didn't mean it, but when he opined Friday that Johnny Manziel "is a great little player," the size issue came to the forefront again at the NFL draft combine. The Hall of Fame quarterback and Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations as well as general manager, chuckled after his sizable slip of the lip. "I think he's a great little player," Elway said Friday when asked his opinion of Manziel, who measured 5-foot-11¾ inches and weighed 210 pounds, nearly 15 more than when he played at Texas A&M. "I don't say 'little,' I shouldn't say 'little.' I'm sorry.
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July 26, 2009 | Sam Farmer
John Elway has a message for Brett Favre: Just do it. "If he decides not to play now and doesn't come back, I think he'll question that for the rest of his life," the retired Denver Broncos star said. Joe Montana has a message for Favre too: Just do something. "If he's ready to play, then yeah, he should," Montana said. "But usually when you're waffling like that it makes it difficult on everybody. . . . If it was the first time he's done it, it would be different.
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December 6, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Times NFL columnist Sam Farmer had a lot to say about this season's group of rookie quarterbacks during Thursday's NFL Slam with Mark and Sam, telling former radio personality Mark Thompson that this year's batch compares favorably with the group drafted in 1983. "There are three Hall of Fame quarterbacks taken in the 1983 draft," Farmer said. "John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino. "While it is wildly premature to make comparisons, this draft could be as good a draft as in 1983, if not better.
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June 6, 1999
Twenty years ago today, Crenshaw and Granada Hills high schools played the Los Angeles City Section high school baseball championship game at Dodger Stadium. Granada Hills had a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning, but its coach, Darryl Stroh, was worried. His starting pitcher was beginning to tire. So he walked to the mound to make a change, knowing he had a relief pitcher warmed up. But he changed his mind halfway to the mound, . pointed to the third baseman and said, "You."
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January 31, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
NEW YORK -- As one of the most polished players in the NFL, Peyton Manning rarely has a mental slip-up when it comes to talking to the media. But the Denver Broncos quarterback had to catch himself this week when he referred to Broncos legend John Elway as "Coach Elway" - an endearing audible that speaks to his respect for the Hall of Fame quarterback who brought him to Denver. Elway is actually the team's vice president of football operations and has been deep in the background during Super Bowl week, largely avoiding center stage to allow the team he helped build enjoy the fruits of its success.
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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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September 23, 1990 | JOHN CLAYTON, MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE
For a few minutes Monday, the Denver Broncos and John Elway weren't on their usual perch a mile above the rest of the teams in the American Conference. The fourth-quarter sight of 260-pound Kansas City Chiefs fullback Christian Okoye barreling over 185-pound Broncos cornerback Tyrone Braxton brought out animal instincts from the Chiefs. They smelled blood from a wounded champion. Linebacker Chris Martin stepped onto the field and pointed his finger into the faces of Broncos.
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February 1, 2014 | Sam Farmer
NEW YORK - Peyton Manning has singular focus … and double vision. The Denver Broncos star has a chance Sunday to become the first starting quarterback to win Super Bowls with two different NFL franchises, having already won one ring with the Indianapolis Colts. "He's a living legend right now," said Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, whose Seahawks will play the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. "He's been a living legend for years. " Regardless of which team wins, Manning joins Craig Morton and Kurt Warner as the only quarterbacks to lead two franchises to Super Bowls.
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January 31, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
NEW YORK -- As one of the most polished players in the NFL, Peyton Manning rarely has a mental slip-up when it comes to talking to the media. But the Denver Broncos quarterback had to catch himself this week when he referred to Broncos legend John Elway as "Coach Elway" - an endearing audible that speaks to his respect for the Hall of Fame quarterback who brought him to Denver. Elway is actually the team's vice president of football operations and has been deep in the background during Super Bowl week, largely avoiding center stage to allow the team he helped build enjoy the fruits of its success.
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August 29, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
This will be my 37th season covering high school football in Southern California. I've lugged around computers that weighed 10 pounds and used pay phones that required a dime to call collect. I've been kicked off fields by athletic directors who thought they were more powerful than a police officer. I've been cursed at by parents who believed in the power of screaming. I've seen some of the greatest high school players in Southern California history: John Elway, Russell White, Justin Fargas, Mark Sanchez....
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August 7, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
How can a quarterback who never led his college team to a bowl game have his number retired? It's easy when the school is Stanford and the quarterback is John Elway. What's more, Stanford fans would tell you, Elway would have led Stanford to a bowl in 1982 if not for the outrageous injustice suffered in that year's game against Cal. You may remember The Play . ("The band is out on the field!") It's actually surprising that Stanford has waited this long to retire Elway's No. 7 jersey.
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June 13, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The Denver Broncos released Willis McGahee on Thursday, parting ways with a Pro Bowl running back who rushed for 1,930 yards over the last two seasons. “It's never easy to part ways with a veteran player who made so many positive contributions to our team and community,” Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said in a written statement. “I appreciate all of the competitiveness, toughness and leadership Willis brought to the Broncos.” The move is more an indication the Broncos are happy with young running backs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball than a suggestion they're punishing McGahee for skipping voluntary workouts this off-season.
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April 23, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Thirty years ago this week, the NFL teetered on wobbly legs. It was coming off the 1982 player strike, Raiders owner Al Davis had just successfully sued the league for the right to move his team to Los Angeles, the USFL was poaching players -- including Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker -- and John Elway, who would be selected No. 1 overall in the draft, was threatening to play for the New York Yankees if the Baltimore Colts used the first pick...
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February 1, 2004 | T.J. Simers
Two hours before the NFL announced that John Elway would join Barry Sanders, Carl Eller and Bob Brown as the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2004, we sat together reminiscing. Can't wait to do the same thing with Kevin Brown some day. It has been quite a journey. I knew Elway and his girlfriend before they married, and then divorced. We drank together on a night out at training camp, the young quarterback miserable because he could not meet Coach Dan Reeves' expectations.
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September 20, 1987 | Associated Press
He has lived and played in Colorado for more than four years now. But as an alumnus of Stanford and the son of current Stanford Coach Jack Elway, is there any question where John Elway's loyalties lie? Asked his preference in Saturday's Stanford-Colorado game in Boulder, the younger Elway said emphatically, "I'm 100 percent behind Stanford. I may live in the CU area, but all my loyalty goes to my father, and I hope they kick the crap out of CU."
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December 10, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Twenty-nine years ago, representatives from each NFL team — there were 28 at the time — gathered for the draft in the ballroom of a Sheraton hotel in New York City. No hoopla. No fans with painted faces. Hardly any media. "It was nothing, a gathering of people," recalled Dave Goldberg, who covered the NFL for the Associated Press for 26 years. "There were all sorts of hangers-on from local television who would show up at dinner time for the free food. Other than that, nothing.
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