Jan. 31, 2004 - John Elway and Barry Sanders made the Pro Football Hall of Fame on their first attempt Saturday, making it look as easy as everything else they did in their spectacular careers. Elway, the winningest quarterback in NFL history, and Sanders, No. 3 in career rushing, were joined by Bob Brown and Carl Eller.
Elway, Sanders newest Hall of Fame inductees - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
January 31, 2004 - John Elway's reception in Canton this summer figures to go slightly better than the one he received the last time he visited Ohio. "I have to be honest with you," a beaming Elway said Saturday, after learning he'd been inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. "I haven't been back to Cleveland since 'The Drive.' Actually, when I went there, the fire hydrants were all painted orange with my number on them. I just wonder if the paint's worn off yet."
From high in the stands, Elway was The Man - Rocky Mountain News - Eddie Pells
January 31, 2004 - Even from Section 521, a mile high in Mile High Stadium, this one was easy to see. The Broncos were losing 19-0. Dad wanted to leave so we could beat traffic. The fans were calling for Steve DeBerg. Touchdown by touchdown, John Elway changed all that. Caught in the pushing, cheering madness of the go-ahead score, I was high-fiving and tumbling my way into the arms of a stranger in the row in front of me. The stadium was shaking and Denver was meeting, for the first time, its first genuine sports hero.
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.
One final completion for Elway - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, February 01, 2004 - Exactly five years to the day after John Elway played his final NFL game, the quarterback who led the Broncos to their two Super Bowl wins led them to Canton, Ohio. In a Saturday announcement far less dramatic but more significant than any of his 47 signature comebacks, Elway became the first Bronco voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Hall pass not always certain for top Bronco - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, February 01, 2004 - "Sometimes it's not easy being John Elway." John Elway was speaking of John Elway as if he were some vague, extrinsic Everyman conscious of the paradoxical nature of life.
Where to rank No. 7? - Denver Pos - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, February 01, 2004 - It's easy to envision. A few years from now, a father and his two sons will walk though the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, gaping at the history. They will come across the bronze bust of the late Johnny Unitas, and the father will say: "Boys, that's Johnny U, the greatest quarterback who ever lived."
Janet Elway - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, February 01, 2004 - Less than one month before the Broncos kicked off their first training camp in 1960, Janet Elway gave birth to John Elway on June 28. Janet provided for him, cooked for him, cleaned for him and chauffeured for him. Before there was The Drive, there were the drives. "Mom was the one that picked me up and drove me around to football practices," John Elway recalled. Behind every Hall of Fame quarterback is a Hall of Fame mom.
Immortal memories - Denver Post
Sunday, February 01, 2004 - The heart and will championed by John Elway is forever etched into the minds of Broncos fans
QB's leadership hallmark to Broncos - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, February 01, 2004 - It is not a coincidence John Elway's favorite movie is "Patton." Perseverance. Guts. Leadership. To listen to those who played with the Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, those are the qualities that made him great.
Fans take time to celebrate 'probably the best Bronco ever' - Denver Post - Joseph Sanchez
Sunday, February 01, 2004 - There was no parade, no jumping for joy Saturday on the streets of downtown Denver. It wasn't like John Elway, the legendary Broncos quarterback, had come out of retirement to lead the team to a third Super Bowl championship.
Broncos to get spot in Fame game - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, February 01, 2004 - Nearly paired before the 1991 season, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway and new Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs are expected to be brought together in August on a blockbuster weekend. The Broncos will be selected to play in the Monday night, Aug. 9 Hall of Fame game, NFL and team officials confirmed Saturday.
Elway first Bronco in Hall of Fame - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Saturday, January 31, 2004 - John Elway in a classic pose from his final season in 1999.HOUSTON - For the Denver Broncos, No. 7 is No. 1. After 44 years, the Broncos finally have a player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. John Elway became the first today, when he was one of four players to be selected.
What they're saying about Elway - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Saturday, January 31, 2004 - Mike Shanahan, recalling Elway's dive for a first down in Super Bowl XXXII vs. Green Bay: "Most quarterbacks are going to hit the ground. Not John. He takes that thing down there. I knew we had won the game. That perseverance, that drive, everything that he stood for, he did it on that play."
Elway heading to Hall of Fame - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
February 1, 2004 - We all remember the Hollywood ending. On Jan. 31, 1999, Denver won its second consecutive Super Bowl, and John Elway, the game's most valuable player, rode off into the sunset after 16 sweet seasons as the Broncos quarterback.
What they said about Elway - Daily Camera
February 1, 2004 - Jim Fassel, former Bronco assistant and ex-Giants head coach: "When you take everything into consideration, the Super Bowls, the measurables like arm strength and the length of his career, you can build a case that he's the best that's ever played the position."
Zimmerman fails to survive first cut - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
February 1, 2004 - John Elway needed help to get into the Super Bowl. Now that No. 7 has broken the Bronco barrier at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the great quarterback hopes his enshrinement will help get other former Denver players to Canton.
2004 Hall of Fame class - Daily Camera
February 1, 2004 - 2004 Hall of Fame class
He's In! Elway Headed to Hall of Fame - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Saturday, January 31, 2004 - The Broncos' long wait for recognition at the game's shrine is finally over. Saturday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Board of Selectors announced that John Elway will be among the Hall's class of 2004, to be inducted this coming summer in Canton, Ohio. "I'm really kind of speechless, to be honest with you," he said. "I want to tell every guy I played with, 'Thanks.'" He didn't stop with his teammates, thanking his coaches and the Broncos franchise for his success.
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