Best Colorado Celebrity (2012)

John Elway

In the very first Best of Denver, published in 1984, John Elway was a rookie quarterback who looked like he might, just might, have a promising career in Denver. But no one could have predicted that Elway's career — and his status as the state's number-one celebrity — would get new life once Number 7 had left the field. After dabbling in car dealerships, vodka deals, arena football and restaurants, last year Elway returned to the Broncos as an executive, hiring a new coach and dealing with a quarterback controversy. But he really came into his own when he acquired Peyton Manning for the team...and jettisoned Tim Tebow. But then, Elway has always been known for last-second saves.

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