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John Elway Jim Kelly Todd Blackledge Dan Marino and Boomer Asiason all started their National Football League careers in 1983 They are known today as the great quarterback club of 1983 Arguably the greatest class of quarterbacks ever drafted There has not been a single NFL draft prior or since that has produced such talent at this position Some of these quarterbacks had immediately success some had it later in their careers In a profession where the average career spans less than three years two of these quarterbacks were still in the game more than fourteen years later Dan Marino and John Elway had defied the odds and along the way re-wrote the record books Two great quarterbacks with different quarterbacking styles but with similar standout college careers Both entered the professional ranks with the same goal to win the Superbowl Heres a look at the two quarterbacks and their quest for a Superbowl ring Marino attended the University of Pittsburgh where in four seasons he completed 693 of 1204 passes for 8597 yards and 79 touchdowns Marino graduated as the Schools recorded-holder in passing yards for a season 2876 and career passing yards 8597 Marino was one of only four players at the University of Pittsburgh to have his jersey retired Marino finished his college career ranked fourth on the NCAA all-time passing list fifth in passing yards fourth in completions and fourth in touchdown passes Elway attended Stanford University His college career concluded with five major NCAA Division 1-A records and nine major Pac-10 marks Elway completed 774 of 1243 passes for 9349 yards and 77 touchdowns As a senior Elway finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting while setting virtually every Pac-10 and Stanford career record for total offence and passing Dan Marino stands six-foot four-inches tall and weights two hundred and twenty-eight pounds John Elway stands six-foot three-inches tall and weights two hundred and fifteen-pounds Physically similar in
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