Emotional Elway enters Hall

Finally, a Denver Broncos player is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And it is only fitting that the player is quarterback John Elway, the most popular player to ever wear a Broncos uniform. Thousands of Denver fans were on hand to watch the proceedings.

Elway Basks In Adulation - Denver Broncos.com - Andrew Mason
Sunday, August 8, 2004 - It took 44 years, six Super Bowl appearances, two world championships, dozens of Pro Bowlers and All-Pro selections, three home stadiums from DU to downtown, 15 playoff appearances in the past 27 seasons, but at last, the Broncos finally have true representation at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It took 17 years, six months and 29 days, but finally, a crowd in the state of Ohio cheered "The Drive."

The Journey to Canton - DenverBroncos.com - Bronco Dan
Sunday, August 8, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio -- Sitting in Fawcett Stadium, under the bright sun and clear blue Ohio sky, looking around at the 23,000 orange-and-blue clad football fans in attendance, one question kept running through my mind – why? Why would this many people plop down hard-earned money, take time off work and venture across the country to watch a man they've never met give an eight-minute speech? Why have we traveled thousands of miles to witness an event whose outcome is already known? The answer is simple – John Elway.

The Speech - DenverBroncos.com
Sunday, August 8, 2004 - Six years ago, a great thing happened in my life – the Broncos finally won a Super Bowl. And after that game on the field, I kept asking myself, "We actually won a Super Bowl?" After we beat the Packers that night, our owner, Pat Bowlen, raised the Vince Lombardi Trophy and told everyone, "This one's for John." Well, I'm here today to say that this one's for Pat and this is for every Broncos fan out there.

Elway enshrined - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, August 08, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - After Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway was cheered for the first time in Ohio, he called an audible on the most famous quote in Broncos history. "Six years ago, a great thing happened in my life," Elway told a record crowd of 21,900 gathered at Canton's Fawcett Stadium and thousands if not millions more on national television. "The Broncos finally won a Super Bowl. And after that game, on that field, I kept saying to myself and asking myself, 'We actually won a Super Bowl?'

QB communes with Canton - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, August 08, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - The Broncos and John Elway both were born in the summer of 1960. Finally, at long last, after all that, 44 summers later, the doors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame swung wide open to welcome the man, the team, the city of Denver, the state of Colorado and all of the Rocky Mountains. Canton was a Mile High on Sunday afternoon. Paint this town Orange.

Former coach Reeves savors Hall induction - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, August 08, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - Dan Reeves was a proud coach Sunday afternoon as he watched quarterback John Elway's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The famous feud that rocked Colorado toward the end of Reeves' tenure as Broncos coach seemed to be forgotten. "I'm just honored and thrilled that John wanted me to be here," said Reeves, who coached Elway from 1983-92. "We won an awful lot of football games together. Certainly losing three Super Bowls made it very difficult, and we all know that the coach and quarterback are the ones that get the finger pointed at them."

Broncos fans flock to ceremonies for Elway - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, August 08, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - An orange-and-blue tidal wave swamped the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday. No. 7 got caught up in it, literally and figuratively. "I've said it many times before, Broncos fans will never cease to amaze me," John Elway said a couple hours before his induction speech. "I mean, we even had a tough time getting up the road in our van." That's because the road to the Hall was crammed with Broncos fans clad in No. 7 jerseys. There were patches of blue and silver, No. 20 Detroit Lions jerseys in the crowd honoring running back Barry Sanders, but Elways were everywhere.

Elway does family proud again - NFL.com - Vic Carucci
Aug. 8, 2004 - He drew our jeers as the spoiled brat from Stanford who told the NFL where he would play, not the other way around. He drew our cheers when, after some early struggles, he showed the remarkable talent that the top overall pick of the draft is supposed to show -- and especially an uncanny knack for winning games in the fourth quarter. He drew our tears after three ugly Super Bowl losses and the very real prospect that he would never know the feeling of winning the big one. He drew our admiration for having enough perseverance to finally win it all not once, but twice, and then walking away while he was on top. Now John Elway draws our deep appreciation for sharing, so eloquently and thoroughly, the crowning individual achievement of his football career.

Coming back once again - Mercury News - Milo F. Bryant
Sun, Aug. 08, 2004 - Scott Marshall rolled over and looked at his clock as the phone rang. Marshall remembers it was Jan. 25, 1987, somewhere between 3:30 and 4 a.m. - prime sleeping time. The voice over the phone was low and concerned. "Hey," came the voice. "Who...hey...what's...shouldn't you be sleeping right now?" Marshall said. "I can't sleep," said John Elway, the voice on the other end. "I'm too nervous. I haven't slept at all." Later that day, Elway and the Denver Broncos would be playing the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXI. Pasadena's Rose Bowl held the game. More than 101,000 would be in the stadium, about an hour away from Granada Hills where Elway became a high school legend.

Fans salute first Bronco inducted into HOF - ESPN.com - Wayne Drehs
Sunday, August 8 - CANTON, Ohio -- Seventy-two jerseys. Some orange and blue. Some blue and orange. Some with stripes. Some solid. But all of them with the No. 7. That's what walked past the main entrance of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in one random minute before Sunday's 2004 induction ceremonies. Say what you will about this being a weekend to honor all four members of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2004, but the outpouring of support for Elway, the first Bronco ever inducted, made it seem like the weekend was just about him.

Elway's visit to Canton awash in blue and orange - ESPN.com
Sunday, August 8, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio -- The sea of Broncos blue and orange in the stands at Fawcett Stadium made it clear who was the headliner at Sunday's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Thousands of fans made the 1,100-mile trip from Colorado to attend the induction of John Elway, the first Broncos player to make the Hall. Nearly all of them wore the No. 7 jersey, both the old style, which Elway wore for most of his career, and the current version. Elway noticed them. He couldn't miss them.

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