- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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Soon, there will only be one "No. 7" associated with Stanford.
The school announced Tuesday that it would retire John Elway's No. 7 jersey. Elway, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1983 NFL draft, went on to a Hall of Fame NFL career and is now the executive vice president for the Denver Broncos. A two-time conference player of the year, Elway threw 77 touchdowns during his four-year career (1979-1982) and still holds the school's single-game record with six touchdown passes against Oregon State in 1980. He was a consensus All-American as a senior.
“Through the years the No. 7 has meant so much to the Stanford community, most recently with the record-breaking career of Toby Gerhart,” said Stanford head coach David Shaw in a statement. “Current student-athletes Ty Montgomery and Aziz Shittu both will wear the No. 7 jersey and be the last two to put it on for Stanford University.”
Elway's number will officially be retired at halftime of the Nov. 7 home game against Oregon -- adding nostalgic fuel to one of the most anticipated college football games in 2013.
Elway joins Ernie Nevers (No. 1) and Jim Plunkett (No. 16) as the only Cardinal players to have their numbers retired.