Career years: 1983-1998
Accolades: Two-time Super Bowl champion (1997-1998), Super Bowl MVP (1998), NFL MVP (1987), nine-time Pro-Bowler (1986-1987, 1989, 1991, 1993-1994, 1996-1998), Pro Football Hall of Fame (2004)
Last stand: Super Bowl XXXIII, Jan. 31, 1999, Pro Player Stadium, Miami: Broncos 34 Falcons 19
When John Elway won his first Super Bowl in 1997 the sports world would certainly have understood if he decided to retire, as he initially intended. However, in classic movie quarterback fashion, Elway led his Broncos in a successful title defense the following year before finally riding out into the sunset. The former Stanford Cardinal wasn't just on the field in 1998 to show face either, he threw for 336 yards and one touchdown, and ran in another for six. Elway deservedly took home MVP honors as well for his instrumental performance in a 34-19 beat down of the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII.