Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, as executive vice president of football operations, can take credit for building the Denver Broncos. However, he can't take credit for throwing seven touchdown passes in his club's 49-27 season-opening victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.
A headline by The Columbus Dispatch on Friday morning got its Denver quarterbacks mixed up, saying Elway -- who last played in 1998 -- threw for seven TDs instead of Peyton Manning.
Dispatch editor Ben Marrison acknowledged his paper's misstep on Twitter.
The definition of a bad morning: Seeing this headline. I knew Elway was good, but not THAT good. pic.twitter.com/hvfBzDGKG6
— Ben Marrison (@dispatcheditor) September 6, 2013
One thing Elway can take credit for is bringing Manning to Denver following his release from the Indianapolis Colts after 14 seasons.
A four-time MVP, Manning rewarded Elway's faith by throwing for 37 touchdowns last season despite coming off a career-threatening neck injury that led to weakness in his arm. However, the Broncos' season ended on a sour note when they were upset in the divisional round of the playoffs by the Ravens.
Manning exacted a bit of revenge Thursday night, tying the NFL single-game record for TDs in the much-anticipated rematch. He became the sixth quarterback in NFL history to throw seven TD passes in a game and the first since Joe Kapp for Minnesota against the Baltimore Colts on Sept. 28, 1969.
Elway, a Hall of Famer, guided the Broncos to a pair of Super Bowl titles during his illustrious playing career. But the most TD passes he ever threw in a game was five in 1984, his second season in the league.