Pac-12: Ernie Nevers

Stanford retiring Elway's No. 7

August, 6, 2013
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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.

Yards to glory: 'Elmer Thud'

August, 2, 2011
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A football field is 100 yards long, and each yard marker has produced immortal memories in college football.

ESPN.com is looking at some of the most famous touchdowns in college football history for each and every yard marker, and Elmer Laden's interception return for Notre Dame against Stanford in the 1925 Rose Bowl is the choice at 78 yards.

You can check out "Yards to Glory" here.

And here's what Ivan Maisel wrote about Layden's return against Stanford.

78. Elmer Thud

Elmer Layden and Notre Dame defense conquer Rose Bowl

Jan. 1, 1925: Notre Dame fullback Elmer Layden broke open a close Rose Bowl in the second quarter by returning a Stanford pass 78 yards for a touchdown. The Irish would score three defensive touchdowns, two by Layden, in the 27-10 victory over Ernie Nevers and the Indians. The game not only capped the glorious career of Layden and the other Three Horsemen, but it would be the only bowl that Notre Dame agreed to play in until 1969.

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