His full name is John Albert Elway. John is six feet and 3 inches tall. He weighs 215 pounds. John was born on June 28, 1960. He was born in Port Angeles, Washington. John went to college at Stanford. In his family his father's name is Jack, his mother's name is Jan, his sister's names are Jana and Lee Ann, and his wife Janet. John's children's names are Jessica, Jordan, Jack, and Juliana. In high school during his summers he threw up to 300 passes per day. Once after a football practice John and some other players tried to hit an upright with a pass. John made two perfect passes to hit the upright. In high school John's favorite subject was math. Not only was John good at football, he was also good at baseball. Right after he got out of high school he signed a letter of intent with Stanford, but the Kansas City Royals selected him in the 1979 summer draft anyway. In college John completed 774 passes out of 1,243. Also, he scored 77 touchdowns and threw for a total of 9,349 yards. John set an NCAA record for the lowest percentage of intercepted passes in a career. The percentage was 3.13. Once when the punter missed practice John threw passes as high as punts. In a little more than a half, John completed 15 out of 20 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns during a Stanford game. Stanford won over Oregon State 63 to 9. In baseball he hit nine home runs and 50 RBI's in 49 games in his final college season. The New York Yankees signed John in the fall of his third year at college with a $150,000 bonus. John hit 24 runs with no errors in 42 games setting a team record. John won the Offensive MVP (most valuable player) honors in the East/West game in which his father Jack Elway was the head coach of the West. John lost in a game when the Stanford band charged the field allowing the Bears to return a kickoff all the way to a touchdown as the time on the clock ran out. John graduated from Stanford with a degree in economics. John receives about 40,000 autograph requests a year.
In his first football game, John ran for six touchdowns in the first half. He was in fourth grade when he played his first game. When John was in ninth grade he caught the eye of Cougars coach George Raveling at Washington State's basketball camp. George told John that if he was going into football that he was going into the wrong sport. Before Super Bowl XXI, George Raveling sent a telegram to John that said "Dear Shotgun: I still think you should have played basketball." Jack Elway, John's dad had to convince him to play quarterback instead of halfback. After a disastrous rookie season, John went back to California and married Janet. John played football without an anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He completely tore the ligament in a high school game.
These are some of John's favorite things. John's favorite author is Tom Clancy. His favorite golfer is Greg Norman. John's favorite actors are John Wayne and Jean-Claude Van Damme. John puts a lot of time into his charity called The Elway Foundation that he started in 1987. Thank you for reading about John Elway. We hope you enjoyed it.