STANFORD, Calif. – The Denver Broncos retired John Elway's No. 7 jersey four months after he announced his playing career was over in 1999. The following year, he was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame. And the Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomed the quarterback in his first year of eligibility.
The one honor Elway never thought would happen will take place Thursday night.
Thirty years after he graduated from the university, Stanford will finally retire Elway's celebrated No. 7 jersey at halftime of its game against second-ranked Oregon. He'll join Jim Plunkett (No. 16) and Ernie Nevers (No. 1) as the only players whose jerseys have been enshrined by the school.