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Elway's No. 7 to be retired at Stanford

Hall of Fame quarterback played football and baseball as Cardinal
08/06/2013 10:15 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

John Elway played 16 seasons for the Denver Broncos and won two Super Bowl titles. (AP)
Stanford University is giving John Elway one of its ultimate football honors: a retired jersey.

Three decades after he was the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, Elway's No. 7 will be retired at halftime of the Cardinal home game against Oregon on Nov. 7, joining Ernie Nevers' No. 1 and Jim Plunkett's No. 16 on the list of numbers packed away for good.

"I am extremely humbled that Stanford has chosen to recognize me in this very special way," Elway said in a statement released by the school.

The two Cardinal players who currently wear No. 7, wide receiver Ty Montgomery and defensive end Aziz Shittu, will be the last to don the number after Elway's jersey is retired.

Elway, who also played baseball while at Stanford from 1979-83, chose the gridiron over the diamond after being taken first overall in 1983. He could have made his name in Yankee Stadium had he leaned the other way. The Football Hall of Famer was drafted by the Yankees in the second round of the 1981 MLB Draft and played right field for the Bombers' Short-Season Class A affiliate in Oneonta, N.Y. in 1982, hitting .381 in 42 games. 

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