Super Bowl XXXII - Wikipedia
5, | Updated p.m. ET Jan. led to dysfunction and threaten to end an owner-coach-quarterback relationship that helped the franchise win five Super Bowls over the last 17 years, according to an ESPN report citing. Fans definitely weren't expecting this announcement among the other headline- worthy moments on Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl XXXII was an American football game played between the National Football Pro Bowl tight end Mark Chmura recorded 38 receptions for yards and 6 touchdowns. Pro Bowl running back Dorsey Levens led the team in.
The hardest thing about being a GM is the stillness of it, sitting around watching film. He never wanted to be a coach because he couldn't explain his own gifts -- the improvisation in the midst of disaster, the routine cross-field throws that sent legions of mimicking high school quarterbacks to the bench. Sometimes he still feels the itch to let one fly, even if his body no longer allows it. Still, it frustrates Elway when people think of him as a jock in a front office gig. He wants to remind people that he didn't just play at Stanford, he graduated Stanford with an economics degree.
But he also sort of appreciates the fuel it provides; logs on a fire. Inbored after two years in retirement, Elway asked Shanahan for a job with the Broncos.
Shanahan said there was no job for him. The next year, hell-bent on proving he was serious about succeeding in his second act, Elway bought an ownership stake in the Colorado Crush, an Arena League franchise. He wasn't just lending a famous face to a new league. He was grinding, learning every facet of running a football team. But it was to me. They didn't know that Jack Elway, a college football coach in the s and '80s, had raised his son not only to love competition but to use it as a means of self-actualization, beginning in third grade when he'd challenge John to set a world record fetching his slippers.
Competition ended for Montana and Marino when their careers did; for Elway, it ends when life does. He has to play night golf to tire himself out and keep the TV on to calm his mind to sleep, and even so, he'll often wake up in the middle of the night, almost as if he's biologically compelled to compete.
More than the excitement of winning, Elway is hooked on the "excitement of not knowing" what's possible, what he's capable of. He was never immune to pressure the way Montana was. When he jogged onto the field late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXII, with the game tied and just over three minutes left, he didn't look for John Candy in the stands. He thought what every viewer thought: This is his whole career right here. His intensity isn't for everybody. It wasn't for John Fox, who did many things well after Elway hired him as coach inincluding winning 46 games in four years.
The Drive That Never Ends
Elway's doubts began after Fox turned conservative on offense and his defense blew coverage in a January playoff collapse against the Ravens. The next year at the Super Bowl, after a week of disorganized practices, Elway had a bad feeling.
The morning of the game, he woke up at 3 a. He knew his team wasn't good enough.
Denver Broncos GM John Elway's drive will never end
He wasn't good enough. It harkened back to being humiliated as a player who had lost three Super Bowls. Elway gets quiet when he's in a bad mood, orders another drink, turns inward, blames himself, jokes in a nonjoking way about jumping off a building. You should know more. Before a late-season practice inFox turned to a few people on the sideline and asked, "Isn't winning the division enough?
Elway wishes he had spent more time talking with his father about life off the field. The inside of Elway's steakhouse in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver is usually dark and crowded, and the stool gets moved around a lot. But on most nights, at the corner of the bar nearest the grand piano, sits one gold bar stool in a sea of red ones. It's in memory of Jack Elway. When John sits on the stool with a Dewar's rocks, it tears him up that his dad isn't there with a martini, dreaming, plotting, laughing.
Jack gave John the first and last scouting reports of his career. On the first day of ninth grade, he dropped him off at school and asked what position he'd play. Jack shook his head and shifted the Impala into park. You're not as fast as you used to be, Jack told him. After 16 years in the league, Elway had all but retired in his mind, sick of the pain and grind. But he needed a final judgment. John had quit a sport only once, when Jack told him it was OK to retire from the wrestling team in eighth grade after a match with an opponent who smelled.
Now Jack could see in John's eyes that the game wasn't as fun as it used to be. It's time, he said. John called Bowlen that night to break the news, and father and son stayed up all that night trading old stories, celebrating a career that neither of them could have predicted in the parked Impala.
Five years to get over the hole left by football. Elway planned for it, even before he retired.
He ran his car dealerships. He dove into golf. Friends say he traveled to so many tournaments he was home in retirement less than in his playing days.
Still, it felt empty. Shanahan let Elway into the draft room for a few weeks in He sat alongside his dad, then a Broncos scout, talking ball.
On a Friday shortly before the draft, Jack got away to Palm Springs, California, for the weekend. He died of a heart attack two days later, on Easter morning. Now when Elway thinks about his dad, he wishes they had spent more time talking about life beyond the field.
Elway's imperative to win at all endeavors intensified with age rather than dissipated. He based his approach to scouting on Jack's golden rule: Jack was "loyal to a fault," Elway says, and was fired at Stanford in the s because he refused to fire his assistants. In Februarywhen he asked Peyton Manning to take a pay cut, John Elway thought about his dad and wondered how to weigh the shrewdness required in the job with the hope of living up to the standard set by his old man.
Elway always believed in Manning. He loved Manning's work ethic and alternated between amusement and annoyance at his controlling personality. The two argued about issues as minute as how the Broncos would inform players they were being cut after the team had yanked a few players off the field during practice warm-ups. Then, in their playoff upset of the Broncos, the Colts hit Manning low and hard on his first pass, square on his torn quad.
Manning threw a lot of fade routes the rest of the game, the preferred pass of a quarterback seeing ghosts. In the wake of the loss, Elway asked the year-old Manning to do what Elway himself had done at age Elway promised to use the money to strengthen the roster. He wanted Manning to practice less and rest more, to pass less and hand off more. Most of all, he wanted Manning to face reality.
He was more blunt than strategic with Manning, as he often is, and the negotiations became tense. Manning told staffers he didn't think his boss understood how much year-round work he put in to help his body. On the scoring play, Freeman and Robert Brooks ran a "criss-cross" pattern, with Freeman on the inside running towards the sidelines.
Denver defensive back Darrien Gordon hesitated as to which receiver to cover, and Favre hit Freeman for the score. Both teams' defenses tightened up, and the clubs exchanged punts twice. With Green Bay pinned at their own yard line, Hentrich then kicked the ball 39 yards to the Packers yard line with 3: On the first play of the ensuing drive, Packers linebacker Darius Holland committed a yard facemask penalty while tackling Davis on a 2-yard run, moving the ball to the yard line.
Two plays later, Elway completed a yard pass to fullback Howard Griffithaided by a powerful block by McCaffrey.
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A holding penalty pushed the Broncos back to the yard line, but then Davis rushed 17 yards to the 1-yard line, and the Broncos called a timeout. This left the Broncos facing 2nd and goal with 1: Green Bay had two timeouts remaining.Super Bowl XXXII Denver 31 Green Bay 24
Packers coach Mike Holmgren told his team to let the Broncos score to maximize the time the Packers would have on the clock for a potential game-tying drive. He admitted later that he had thought that it was 1st and goal rather than 2nd and goal, crucial to clock management decision making on the play.
The Broncos now had a one-touchdown lead, at 31— The Packers attempted one final drive to try to tie the game before the end of regulation and send the contest into overtime.
Shanahan famously instructed his defensive coordinators to keep playing the same prevent defense as Green Bay attempted to drive downfield in the final two minutes of the game. Freeman returned the Broncos' kickoff 22 yards to the yard line, and the Packers advanced to the Broncos yard line with 1: After a 4-yard pass to Levens, Favre's next two passes fell incomplete.
The 2nd down play was a bullet throw to a wide open Freeman around the yard line, which would have given the Packers a first down, but Freeman could not handle the pass. On the 3rd down incompletion, both intended receiver Brooks and Denver's Randy Hilliard were blasted by Atwater's seismic hit.
All three players were knocked out of the game with: Then on 4th down, Denver linebacker John Mobley broke up a pass intended for Chmura, enabling the Broncos to take the ball back and run out the clock for the victory. Post-game[ edit ] During the post-game victory celebration, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen held the Vince Lombardi Trophy in the air and said, "This one's for John," referring to the fact that Elway's long quest for a Super Bowl victory was finally complete.
He was also the Broncos' second-leading rusher behind Davis with 17 yards and a touchdown on 5 carries. Terrell Davis became the only player to rush for three touchdowns in a Super Bowl, and the only non-San Francisco 49er to score three touchdowns in a Super Bowl; Roger CraigJerry Riceand Ricky Watters were the only other players to do so. Rice had 3 touchdown catches in two different Super Bowls.
After an exchange of punts, the Packers produced a play, yard drive that consumed 7: Tyrone Williams forced and recovered Davis's fumble at the Broncos' 26 on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.
However, the Broncos' defense kept the Packers out of the end zone as Ryan Longwell's yard field goal tied the game with After another exchange of punts, Elway's yard pass to Ed McCaffrey keyed a play, yard drive capped by Davis's 1-yard touchdown run with 34 seconds left in the third quarter. Tim McKyer recovered Freeman's fumble at the Packers' 22 on the ensuing kickoff return, giving the Broncos a golden opportunity, but Eugene Robinson intercepted Elway's pass in the end zone on the next play.
Sparked by Robinson's play, the Packers took just four plays, three on passes to Freeman, to score the tying touchdown with