Election Day for Elway

<p>On Saturday, the long awaited election of a Denver Broncos player to the Hall of Fame should end. Legendary quarterback John Elway should be a lock to be voted in during his first year of eligibility. Offensive lineman Gary Zimmerman also has a shot. Read about the HOF in today's news reports.

Elway set for one final completion - Denver Post - Barry Wilner, Associated Press
Saturday, January 31, 2004 - John Elway headed into retirement with two consecutive championships and plenty of well-wishers. Barry Sanders left the game with no titles and lots of questions.

Heeeere's Johnny - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
January 31, 2004 - In the late 1960s, Jack Elway was painting the family home, which overlooked a school track in Missoula, Mont., when he heard over a loudspeaker that "Elway" had won a race. When John came flying through the front door a few minutes later, his father tried to pat him on the back, but the younger Elway angrily raced to his bedroom, slamming a door in protest.

Heeeere's Johnny - Rocky Mountain News - Clay Latimer
January 31, 2004 - Shoo-in. Lock. No-brainer. Although John Elway won't use those terms - too presumptuous, he says - most players, pundits and presumably Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors figure No. 7 will be front and center when the Class of 2004 is announced today at a news conference at the Super Bowl media center in Houston. Same for Barry Sanders, the former Detroit Lions superstar running back. This is the first year of eligibility for Elway and Sanders.

Krieger: Elway's Hall election nothing to sniff at - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
January 31, 2004 - A hallowed tradition of bleating and sniffling comes to an end today. Frankly, I'll miss it. I mean, what's a football team without a persecution complex? And what could be more inspirational than sportswriters recounting their heroic breakfast battles on behalf of players and their pigskins? I just don't know what we'll do for entertainment this time of year, unless the Broncos make it past the first round of the playoffs or something.

The envelope, please - Rocky Mountain News
January 31, 2004 - Former Broncos quarterback John Elway is considered a lock to be elected today to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The process -

QBs in Canton - Rocky Mountain News
January 31, 2004 - If former Broncos great John Elway is selected today for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he would become the 26th quarterback honored.

2004 finalists at a glance - Rocky Mountain News
January 31, 2004 - Below are the 15 finalists eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Selectors for the Hall are to elect three to six new members from the list of 15 finalists. To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum vote of 80 percent.

Elway set to break the ice - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
January 31, 2004 - Pat Bowlen, while discussing Terrell Davis' career in Denver, said last season he hoped the great running back didn't suffer the "Curse of the Broncos" when it came time to consider him for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "By the 'Curse of the Broncos' I mean that in 42 years, 32 of those being part of the NFL, we don't have one person, not one person, in the Hall of Fame," Bowlen said. "You can imagine how I feel about that, but there's nothing I can do about that."

Hall of Fame Announcement Comes Saturday Morning - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Friday, January 30, 2004 - In all likelihood, Denver's long wait for a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to join as a result of his Broncos accomplishments is almost over. At approximately noon CST on Saturday, the Hall's board of selectors will reveal this year's induction class at a press conference in Houston, site of Super Bowl XXXVIII. And while there are no guarantees, John Elway's résumé would seem to indicate that he is a virtual lock for first-ballot induction

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