On Tuesday, Stanford announced the number 7 will be retired in honor of QB John Elway. The Cardinals will hold a retirement ceremony during halftime of a home game against Oregon on November 7th.
This will only be the third number retired in a very long and prestigious Stanford history. The two other retirees are Ernie Nevers and Jim Plunkett.
Elway was honored by the gesture. He was quoted as saying "I am extremely humbled that Stanford has chosen to recognize me in this very special way. It's a tremendous honor to join Cardinal legends Ernie Nevers and Jim Plunkett with this distinction."
Elway played QB for Stanford from 1979-1982. In his four year college career, Elway amassed 9,349 yards and 77 touchdowns while completing 62% of his passes. At the time, Elway had set nearly every QB record at Stanford. It would take over 30 years until QB Andrew Luck would start breaking Elway's records.
This is not the first time Elway will have the number 7 retired in his honor. On September 13th, 1999, the Denver Broncos retired Elway's number, just months after the quarterback announced he was retiring.
Although Elway will go down as a football legend either way, this is just another reminder of how great of an impact he made on each of his teams.